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 heritage of cartography and situates the paintings of the multi-volume sequence inside this scholarly culture. Cartographic topics comprise an emphasis at the spatial-cognitive talents of Europe's prehistoric peoples and their transmission of cartographic techniques via media akin to rock paintings; the emphasis on mensuration, land surveys, and architectural plans within the cartography of old Egypt and the close to East; the emergence of either theoretical and sensible cartographic wisdom within the Greco-Roman global; and the parallel life of various mapping traditions (mappaemundi, portolan charts, neighborhood and nearby cartography) within the Medieval period.
Throughout the amount, 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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