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    Re: The Mapmakers--I need more!
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2002 Nov 26, 19:09 +0000

    Hello Tim,
    My favorite book on the history of maps is by Lloyd A. Brown, "The Story of
    Maps", Boston 1949. A cheap reprint from Dover is available.
    Despite the fact that this scholarly book is over 50 years old, it's probably
    still the best and most comprehensive one on the general history of map making.
    If I am wrong and there is a newer one (any European language), I would like to
    hear from the list, please.
    Chapter 5 is on "Charts and the Haven-Finding Art". For this alone, I would
    recommend the book as being of interest re charts. Chap. 7 is on "Latitude" and
    chap. 8 on "Longitude". After reading the latter, you will find redundant much
    of what has been written in some newer books under the same title.
    For a book exclusively dealing with charts, see Peter Whitfield, "The Charting
    of the Oceans", The British Library, 1996. It has lots of pretty pictures (the
    author is in the business of reproducing old maps). The text focuses more on the
    cultural-historical rather than technical aspects of maritime maps.
    For the technical side you might check the relevant chapters of various Moore
    and Bowditch.editions, e.g. 1802 (as always, with worked example!), 1909 (with a
    description of a theodolite), 1962 (60 pages on hydrography, with photographs of
    instruments, description of chart production methods, etc). The superficial
    treatment of the subject in the 1995 edition probably represents adequately the
    current efforts in charting in the USA.
    Herbert Prinz
    Tim Whelan wrote:
    > Can anyone recommend a book like The Mapmakers, but is more focused on
    > nautical charts?

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