Book Review – ‘Seeing the World Anew: The radical vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 world maps’ by John W. Hessler and Chet Van Duzer

By Richard W. Unger, published November 2020

Abstract

In 1507 and in 1516 the German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller produced two of the most important and impressive monuments of Renaissance cartography. The large woodblock maps, each of 12 sheets, when mounted together measured 50.4 by 91.7 inches. The first was a world map, a Universalis cosmographia, while the second was a Carta marina, a nautical chart, which described almost as much of the world as the first. Only one copy of each map survived, in a bundle of works on cartography owned by Johannes Schoner, a prominent astronomer and globe-maker of the first half of the sixteenth century. The collection was uncovered in the tower library of Wolfegg Castle in south-west Germany in 1901. The Library of Congress in the United States subsequently acquired both maps….

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