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By constructing the broadest and so much inclusive definition of the time period "map" ever followed within the background of cartography, this inaugural quantity of the History of Cartography sequence has helped redefine the best way maps are studied and understood by means of 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 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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