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Enigma of the Origin of Portolan Charts : A Geodetic Analysis of the Hypothesis of a Medieval Origin

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Mainstream scholars have dismissed the portolan charts--nautical charts of the Mediterranean and Black Seas that appeared suddenly in the European middle ages--as lacking sophistication and not based on any cartographic map projections, says Nicolai. He shows otherwise providing evidence that the charts were in fact quite accurate and far beyond the capability of anyone in medieval Europe or the Arab-Islamic world. He does not conjecture who made them, but argues that not only did they have the capability, but did in fact explore, measure, and map the entire Mediterranean and Black Seas as well as the European and African Atlantic coast from the south of England to Morocco, Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 544.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Navigation, Cartography
Series Title: History of Science and Medicine Library
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Roel Nicolai
Language: English
Street Date: May 19, 2016
TCIN: 51135948
UPC: 9789004282971
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-9402

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