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Fra Mauro's Map of the World (Terrarum Orbis) (Terrarum Orbis) [Hardcover]

By Piero Falchetta, Marino Zorzi (Contributor) & Caterina Balletti (Contributor)
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Fra Mauro's map of the world - a masterpiece of western cartography, composed around 1450 - has until now never been the subject of a modern study, despite its immense renown. The map has been reproduced and cited in hundreds of books, but the most recent full study was in 1806: Placido Zurla's Il mappamondo di Fra Mauro. In 1956 a facsimile edition on 46 sheets, accompanied by the transcription of the whole corpus of inscriptions (about 3000), was published. The present study aims at an analysis and an in-depth study of this important document, offering the reader an understanding within its contemporary cultural framework. The project was born from the co-operation between historians and scholars belonging to two Venetian institutions, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana - where the map is still preserved - and the Centre for Survey and Cartography (CIRCE) of the Istituto Universitario di Architettura. The work is in two parts, a volume of studies and a CD-ROM.

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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2" Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Weight:   6.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Publisher   Brepols Publishers
ISBN  2503517269  
ISBN13  9782503517261  

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2Books > Subjects > History > World > Medieval
3Books > Subjects > Science > Earth Sciences > Cartography

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Finally, a new book on the Fra Mauro map!   Apr 9, 2007
This is a wonderful reference: prior to Falchetta's book, the most recent text on Fra Mauro's map of the world dated to the 1950s: hardly cutting-edge scholarship.

This book contains not only a full-color double-fold-out copy of the map, but also a CD with high-quality images of the map (and the ability to scroll around the map looking for places or notes). The book is mostly composed of a collection of all the annotations on the Fra Mauro map (made in Venice in the mid fifteenth century) and has only a comparatively short article on the history of the map -- but a comprehensive one.

If you are looking for an entertaining read, for fiction or controversial points of view, look elsewhere. If you want as much information as you can get about the Fra Mauro map short of going to Venice, then this is the book you want. It is a praiseworthy piece of scholarship and will certainly prove to be very useful to scholars of medieval and early modern cartography for years to come.

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