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By constructing the broadest and so much inclusive definition of the time period "map" ever followed within the heritage of cartography, this inaugural quantity of the History of Cartography sequence has helped redefine the best way maps are studied and understood through students in a couple of disciplines.

Volume One addresses the prehistorical and historic mapping traditions of premodern Europe and the Mediterranean international. a considerable introductory essay surveys the historiography and theoretical improvement of the historical past of cartography and situates the paintings of the multi-volume sequence inside this scholarly culture. Cartographic subject matters comprise an emphasis at the spatial-cognitive talents of Europe's prehistoric peoples and their transmission of cartographic suggestions via media reminiscent of rock artwork; the emphasis on mensuration, land surveys, and architectural plans within the cartography of historic Egypt and the close to East; the emergence of either theoretical and functional cartographic wisdom within the Greco-Roman international; and the parallel life of various mapping traditions (mappaemundi, portolan charts, neighborhood and neighborhood cartography) within the Medieval period.

Throughout the quantity, a dedication to incorporate cosmographical and celestial maps underscores the inclusive definition of "map" and units the tone for the breadth of scholarship present in later volumes of the series.

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