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Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and fascinating world with colour and immediacy.
(Marco Polo's writings were shrouded in controversy for many years as many people claimed he never actually reached China. However, recent research has confirmed that Marco Polo did indeed reach the fabulous domain of Khubilai Khan)
This beautiful illustrated coffeetable book includes magnificent reproductions of art and artifacts as well as insightful captions, footnotes, and excerpts from pertinent works of history and literature.
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This revised and updated book traces the history of charts as eloquent witnesses to the discovery of the world beyond Europe, and to man’s evolving knowledge of the oceans. These charts expressed man’s passionate feeling for the sea: the gilded compasses, the nightmarish sea-creatures, the stately ships, the royal crests – all these were fused into a unique artistic practice, which flourished for four centuries.
Featuring new photography of the British Library’s most important maritime maps.
Charting the Oceans is the definitive guide to this majestic art form.
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Travelling along the British coastline, Sea Charts of the British Isles showcases a beautiful collection of charts containing a wealth of information about Britain's maritime history and the story of charting and surveying itself. The great names in British chart-making are all included, such as Captain Greenvile Collins, Professor Murdoch Mackenzie and his nephew of the same name, Graeme Spence and William Bligh who between them created the first structured attempts to survey and chart particular areas of the coast of mainland Britain as well as the more remote islands.
Examples include several from Collins' 'Great Britain's Coastal Pilot', such as charts of Edinburgh and the Forth, the Orkney Islands, the coast of Ireland and the River Thames; the Chart of the Coast of Wales in St George's Channel and that of Milford Haven by Lewis Morris; The River Clyde and Glasgow by John Watt; and the Observation by Trinity House Pilots and Surveyors of the Downs covering the coast of Kent and the Goodwin Sands, as well as charts by other well-known European chart-makers such as the magnificent example of the Coast of England from Dover to the Isle of Wight showing the Cinque Ports by Lucas Janszoon Wagenaer that dates from 1583.
The author has researched maritime archives such as the Admiralty Library, the National Maritime Museum, the Pepys Library, the UK Hydrographic Office and the National Archives to reveal their unseen nautical records and portray the development of the sea chart.
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Through this magnificent collection of historical maps, travel writer Francisca Matteoli takes us on a geographical adventure, telling the stories of twenty-three places and voyages that inspired her, as they inspired the creation of these fascinating charts. Discover some of the world's most magical places and how they revealed themselves, from the lost trails of the first colonies of the American West to Amundsen's exploration of the South Pole, and the rediscoveries of Petra and Angkor Wat. This unexpected volume will let the curious mind roam the contours of the planet, and discover how the world we know today was made, and un-made.
Map stories include: The incredible rediscovery of the lost city of Petra, The mystery of Machu Picchu, The search for the source of the Nile, The pioneers of the North American West. The untamed island of Madagascar, The footsteps of T. E. Lawrence 'of Arabia' and many others.
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An ancient Chinese proverb suggests, "They are wise parents who give their children roots and wings - and a map." Maps That Changed the World features some of the world's most famous maps, stretching back to a time when cartography was in its infancy and the 'edge of the world' was a barrier to exploration. The book includes details of how the Lewis and Clark Expedition helped map the American West, and how the British mapped India and Australia. Included are the beautifully engraved Dutch maps of the 16th century; the sinister Utopian maps of the Nazis; the maps that presaged brilliant military campaigns; charted the geology of a nation; and the ones that divided a continent up between its European conquerors.
Organised by theme, the book shows the evolution of map-making from all corners of the globe, from ancient clay maps, to cartographic breakthroughs such as Harry Beck's map of the London underground. There are also famous fictional maps, including the maps of the lost continent of Atlantis and Tolkien's Middle Earth.
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The world took shape through the development of the sea chart and its visual representation of European exploration and trade, conquest and colonization. While the early maps and charts are absorbing in their often fantastic and distorted views of newly discovered lands, the surveying work in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by men such as Cook, Vancouver and Flinders, in small open boats along treacherous stretches of coastline, intrigue and make us wonder just how they achieved such extraordinary levels of accuracy.
This book examines the history of the sea chart in both aesthetic and scientific terms. The illustrations include the early portolan charts of the fifteenth century, original manuscript charts of Europe, India and the Orient, and nautical maps that show the medieval view of the known world. Others illustrate the ships’ tracks of the Arctic and Antarctic explorers, the buccaneer’s view of colonial South America and the meticulous surveys of the coastlines of North America and Australia. Pages are further enhanced with navigational views, extracts from master’s remark books and sailing directions and accounts of voyages.
This second edition has been expanded to include more than 40 further illustrations. They add to our understanding of the medieval world that intrepid explorers from Spain, Portugal and then Holland, France and Britain charted. Groping their way across the oceans with discovery after discovery they threw back the boundaries of geographical knowledge, presenting them to an eager Europe of monarchs, princes, traders and thinkers.
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The text explores who the mapmakers were, the purposes for which the maps were made, and what it tells us about the politics of the time. Great images are accompanied by compelling stories. Featured is a woodcut map of 16th Century London, a map of where the bombs fell during the Second World War, and a map the first American settlers' drew when they were attempting to establish a new empire on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what is now North Carolina.
Richly illustrated with large scale reproductions of the maps, the book also includes some of the more amusing or esoteric maps from the National Archives, such as the map of the Great Exhibition in 1851 that was presented on a lady's glove, a London Underground map in the form of a cucumber, and a Treasure Island map used to advertise National Savings.
This is a fascinating and unusual journey through the world of maps and mapmakers.
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A modern, objective appraisal of the development of seamanship among the major navies of the world from the 17th to the 19th century.
Numerous successful reprints of contemporary works on rigging and seamanship indicate the breadth of interest in the lost art of handling square-rigged ships. Modelmakers, marine painters and enthusiasts need to know not only how the ships were rigged but how much sail was set in each condition of wind and sea, how the various manoeuvres were carried out, and the intricacies of operations like reefing sails or 'catting' an anchor. Contemporary treatises such as Brady's Kedge Anchor in the USA or Darcy Lever's Sheet Anchor in Britain tell only half the story, for they were training manuals intended to be used at sea in conjunction with practical experiences and often only cover officially-condoned practices.
This book, on the other hand, is a modern, objective appraisal of the evidence, concerned with the actualities as much as the theory. The author has studied virtually every manual published about seamanship over a period of nearly four centuries. This gives the book a completely international balance and allows him to describe for the first time the proper historical development of seamanship among the major navies of the world.
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This book illustrates and explains the more than century of bitter conflict, against which, the Navy rose to unprecedented prominence. For those serving at sea, it was a world apart: from the food and drink they consumed to the terrifying realities of battle in the age of sail. But Naval affairs also had immediate relevance for the people ashore - male and female, young or old, rich and poor. At times of crisis they tutned to the Navy as their last line of defence against powerful and determined enemies. In moments of success they marked its victories with celebrations that stretched from country fairs to city crowds...
Published to accompany a long-term gallery at the National Maritime Museum, this book highlights many key objects from the gallery and includes previously unseen material.
A beautiful, lavishly illustrated volume
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This is what Dava Sobel, the author of Longitude thinks about this book:
"This is a fearless book that has crested waves an tasted salt. Its compass measures as wide as the sea itself, stretching from the dawn of navigation by sun and stars up to the time when the wireless telegraph was adapted at sea. As one would expect - as one would hope - the author, Donald S,Johnson, is experienced not only as a historian but also as a sailor who has crossed the Atlantic single-handedly in a small boat several times. To read The History of Seafaring is to voyage vicariously through 3000 years of maritime history with no fear of getting lost"
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By Sam Jefferson. Hardback, 1.23kg, 220mm x 285mm, 230 pages, full colour photographs, maps and illustrations.
In the era of commercial sail, clipper ships were the ultimate expression of speed and grace. Racing out to the gold fields of America and Australia, and breaking speed records carrying tea back from China, the ships combined beauty with breathtaking performance.
With over 200 gorgeous paintings and illustrations, and thrilling descriptions of the adventures and races on the water, first-hand accounts, newspaper reports and log entries, this is a fascinating, and beautiful, look at the elegance and drama of the racehorses of the sea. Chapters include and explore:
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