History, Artistry, and Cartography (Second Edition)

Nick Kanas

STAR MAPS: History, Artistry, and Cartography (Second Edition) Star Maps captures the beauty and awe of the heavens through celestial prints and star atlases. It traces the history of celestial cartography and relates this history to the changing ideas of humanity's place in the universe. The text of this Second Edition is enriched with 263 photographs, 91 in color, showing images from actual antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of its astronomical and cartographic features.

This new edition of Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography includes: The book focuses on the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times and describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases. It demonstrates contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances. Uniquely, it contains material on early American influences and non-European constellation representations. This book is a must-have reference for anyone interested in the workings of the heavens.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the First Edition
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms

1. What is a star map?
2. Non-European cosmology and constellation development
3. European cosmology
4. European constellation development
5. Early European star maps
6. The "Big Four" of the Golden Age of pictorial star maps
7. Other important star maps of the Golden Age
8. Special topics
9. Mapping the stars in the early America
10. The transition to non-pictorial star maps
11. Color Pate Gallery


Extent: 568 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text. In addition, 96 pages of colour images collected in final chapter
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4614-0916-8

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