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Imagined Corners: Exploring the World's First Atlas

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Published in Antwerp in 1570, the Theatrum orbis terrarum did something no previous book had done—it presented the world in all its component parts, offering the chance to see our planet as a place of staggering variety and ultimate unity. It was the world’s first atlas. Brainchild of Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum reflected the enormous vitality of the era, the prevailing ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Headline Book Publishing
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Mar 20, 2012 Asgar rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History Scholars, otherwise just pick up a modern Atlas...
Delightfully interesting for anyone interested in History and - in a sense - the evolution of cartography. Despite its inferiority to an updated Atlas, it really has an organic, raw form to it.
It can be comprehensively read from the front to back cover also, which has become quite the challenging conquest for modern atlases.
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Paul Binding (b. 1943) is a novelist, critic, poet and cultural historian. After spending his early childhood in Germany, he returned to be educated in England and studied English Literature at Oxford. He has been a lecturer at universities in Sweden, Mississippi, and Italy and was a managing editor for Oxford University Press and an editor for the New Statesman. His first novel, Harmonica’s Bride ...more
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