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Mapping the Renaissance World: The Geographical Imagination in the Age of Discovery

ISBN: 978-0-7456-1147-1
216 pages
October 1994, Polity
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Description

This book focuses on the work of the great sixteenth-century traveller and map-maker Andre Thevat and explores the interrelations between representation and power in the age of discovery.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface.

Introduction: Renaissance and Cosmography.

1. The Cosmographical Model.

2. Ancient Lessons: A Bookish Orient.

3. Mythologics: The Invention of Brazil.

4. Mythologics II: Amazons and Monarchs.

5. Cartographics: An Experience of the World and an Experiment on the World.

Epilogue: The End of Cosmography.

Appendices.

Notes.

Index.

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Author Information

Frank Lestringant is a leading authority of humanism and on the age of discovery. His previous books include André Thevet, Cosmographe des Derniers Valois (Droz, 1991) and Le Huguenot et le Sauvage (Klincksieck, 1990).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • This is an original and engaging account of the ways in which the discovery of the new world altered the world-view of Europeans during the Renaissance
  • The author is one of the best young historians in France today.
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Reviews

'Frank Lestringant's remarkable book, first published in French in 1991, is a hugely impressive accomplishment.' Progress in Human Geography

'Given Lestringant's previous work in this area, they can expect an important and informative book; they will not be disappointed.' Sixteenth Century Journal

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