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Mapping the World Stories of Geography

Out of Print
By: Caroline Laffon and Martine Laffon
187 pages, 87 col maps, illus
Publisher: Firefly Books
Mapping the World
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  • Mapping the World ISBN: 9781554075256 Hardback Nov 2009 Out of Print #181489
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More than the detailed representation of the geographical areas that their makers explored, maps reveal their makers' worldview as well as the myths, beliefs and legends of their times. By patiently creating maps, globes, charts and atlases, humans have sought to understand the universe and our place in it.

Mapping the World explores many rare and fascinating mapping artifacts, beginning with the first crude drawings and progressing to the stunning satellite views of today. Many of these examples will be unfamiliar even to serious cartographers and collectors. Thirty essays answer the questions map-makers have asked and reveal the roles their maps played in finding those answers.

Color reproductions of beautiful maps and charts include: A Chinese map dated to 1229 that shows the city's bridges, pagodas and gardens; a French 15th-century interpretation of the four corners of the Earth; a painted silk map of the universe dating from the 1830s; a modern "inverse" world map from Australia's perspective; the cosmos as imagined in 1750. With 87 maps in all, Mapping the World will fascinate general readers, map collectors, geographers, cartographers and historians

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Caroline Laffon is a documentary filmmaker and author. Martine Laffon is an editor, writer and philosopher. They are the coauthors of A Home in the World and several other reference books.
Out of Print
By: Caroline Laffon and Martine Laffon
187 pages, 87 col maps, illus
Publisher: Firefly Books
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A fascinating and authoritative introduction to the science of meteorites.--Rob Mooy"Frontenac This Week/Kingston This Week" (08/06/2009)
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