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Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography

SKU: 978-0-387-71668-8
PRICE: 34.95

Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography Description
Author: Nick Kanas

Softcover: 382 pages

With the construction of the International Space Station, and new plans for manned missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond, there is renewed interest in the heavens. An ever-increasing number of people are fascinated with the science of space and are becoming amateur astronomers.

The beauty and awe generated by the celestial void capture our imagination and delight our aesthetic sense. Antiquarian map societies are prospering, and celestial maps are now viewed as a specialty of map collecting.

This book traces the history of celestial cartography and relates this history to the changing ideas of man’s place in the universe and to advances in map-making.

Reproductions of maps from antiquarian celestial atlases and prints, many previously unpublished in book form, enrich the text, and a legend accompanies each illustration to explain its astronomical and cartographic features.

Also included in the book are discussions of non-European celestial maps and chapters on early American influences and celestial map-collecting.

The book describes the development and relationships between different sky maps and atlases as well as demonstrating contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances.

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