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Artwork of 'Fool’s Cap Map of the World', jester headpiece, with world map on visor, on cover of 'A Journey Back in Time Through Maps' by White Star.

A Journey Back in Time Through Maps

By (author) Kevin J. Brown


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  • New extended edition
  • Explores changing perceptions of the world map through the centuries and across multiple vastly different cultures
Full Description

In our modern day and age, when satellite imagery and GPS services like Google Maps, offer strikingly accurate images of the world, we can easily forget that for most of human history the world was an unknown tabula rasa on which cartographers, scientists, men of god, and kings imprinted their own dreams and ideals. This new extended edition, with the addition of about 15 maps, explores changing perceptions of the world map through the centuries and across multiple vastly different cultures. It juxtaposes 18th century Buddhist cartography in Japan with European mercantile maps of the same period. It travels with speculative cartographers and they argue in the scientific academies of Paris, London, and St. Petersburg over theories about what ‘must’ fill the great unknown. The book observes the emergence of the modern world view through the cartographic lens.

About the Author

Kevin J. Brown is a rare map dealer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the owner of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, is one of the largest and most active firms specialising in antiquarian cartography in the United States. He has dealt with countless rare maps from all periods covering all regions. Kevin continues to have a passion for rare maps and always looks forward to his next cartographic discovery.

White Star
27th Sep 2023
World excluding USA & Canada; India non-exclusive; Italy non-exclusive
315 mm x 275 mm
240 Pages
Name of series
Through the Ages
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