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A Renaissance Globemaker’s ToolboxJohannes Schöner and the Revolution of Modern Science 1475-1550

Published by GILES in association with the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Add to Cart US$29.95

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 176 pages, 191 x 229 mm (9 x 7½ in)

Illustrations — 100 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£19.95/US$29.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-16-8

Book Details (pdf) — Globemakers-Blad-0926.pdf

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Sales Points

"a richly illustrated delight to the eye...General readers will find the accounts of Schöner’s place in history and the preservation of the map lucid and fascinating" John Noble Wilford, The New York Times

“a rich treasure trove of information…John Hessler has in his book added another monument to the spirit of Johannes Schöner” The Portolan, (The Journal of the Washington Map Society)

"For anybody interested in the deeply fascinating world of Renaissance science, this is indispensable reading" Toby Lester, author of Creating the World Anew and Da Vinci's Ghost

"defines Schöner’s place within the development of science" Jean Michel Massing, Print Quarterly

Accompanied by a special microsite. Explore.

About the Book

This new volume, and accompanying special microsite, is the first volume in the English language to give context to the extraordinary life and seminal work of mathematician and scientist Johannes Schöner (d. 1543). The Schöner Sammelband, his collection of maps and notes, includes the original World Maps made by Martin Waldseemüller, a star chart by Albrecht Dürer and a set of celestial globe gores of Schöner’s design.

The survival of Schöner’s notebooks and annotations is unique in the history of cartography; not only do they show his thinking about theoretical and practical geography, but they also reveal the art of mapmaking during his lifetime. Author John Hessler discusses Schöner’s opinions on the then canonical geography of Ptolemy, and his reaction to the new discoveries of Columbus and Vespucci. The notebooks offer an unprecedented insight into the history of these materials, and into the geographical concerns that fuelled cartographic development during this critical period in the history of science and exploration.

About the Author(s)

John W. Hessler is Senior Cartographic Librarian in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.. He is currently a Scholar in Residence at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, where he is researching the Paul Krueger Archive in the Law Library.