Cover image for Sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps
Sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps
Van Duzer, Chet, 1966- , author.
Publication Information:
London : The British Library, 2013.

Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
"The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps, whether swimming vigorously, gambolling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully studied. The subject is important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the 'marvellous' and of western conceptions of the ocean. Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important insights into the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them. In this highly-illustrated book Chet Van Duzer analyses the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century."--Publisher's description.
Classical antecedents -- The earliest medieval maps with sea monsters : Beatus Mappaemundi -- "Let the waters bring forth abundantly" : sea monsters in the creation -- Sea monsters in the harbor of Brindisi -- An imagined Mappamundi with sea monsters -- Sea monsters on the ceiling -- Giant sea monsters on two small Mappaemundi -- "A vast sea where there is nothing but the abode of monsters" -- Two monumental Mappaemundi with few sea monsters -- Three sea monsters battling in the Atlantic -- Pictorial excursus : The dangers of sea monsters -- Sea monsters on nautical charts : giant octopuses, sirens, sharks -- How to buy a sea monster -- Whaling between myth and reality -- A nest of sea monsters at the bottom of the world -- Whales as big as mountains -- Terrifying monsters in the Indian Ocean -- A skeptic about sea monsters : Fra Mauro -- Pictorial excursus : Whimsical sea monsters -- Invented sea monsters in the circumfluent ocean -- The manuscript with the most sea monsters -- Sea monsters in printed editions of Ptolemy -- The sea monsters of the earliest surviving terrestrial globe -- The sea monsters of Waldseemüller's map of 1507 and Schöner's globe of 1515 -- Lighting a fire on a whale's back -- Pictorial excursus : The cartographic career of the walrus -- The debut of the sea monsters of the Renaissance -- Olaus Magnus and the most important sea monsters of the sixteenth century -- Mercator's globe of 1541 : the influence of Olaus Magnus -- The Ulpius globe : sea monsters before their time -- The monster that stops ships in their tracks -- Pictorial excursus : More whimsical sea monsters -- From sea dragons to a sawfish : the Rylands Library map of 1546 -- Evidence of a sea monster specialist -- The curious career of the flying turtle -- The eclecticism of Giacomo Gastaldi -- The sea monsters of Gerard Mercator's great map of 1569 -- Sea monsters cavorting among the Mediterranean isles -- The sea monsters surrounding Iceland in the first atlas -- A haunting sea monster reappears -- Whales fantastic and realistic at the end of the sixteenth century -- Two New World sea monsters -- Conclusion.

Contents note continued: The Manuscript with the Most Sea Monsters -- Sea Monsters in Printed Editions of Ptolemy -- The Sea Monsters of the Earliest Surviving Terrestrial Globe -- The Sea Monsters of Waldseemuller's Map of 1507 and Schoner's Globe of 1515 -- Lighting a Fire on a Whale's Back -- Pictorial Excursus: The Cartographic Career of the Walrus -- The Debut of the Sea Monsters of the Renaissance -- Olaus Magnus and the Most Important Sea Monsters of the Sixteenth Century -- Mercator's Globe of 1541: The Influence of Olaus Magnus -- The Ulpius Globe: Sea Monsters Before Their Time -- The Monster that Stops Ships in Their Tracks -- Pictorial Excursus: More Whimsical Sea Monsters -- From Sea Dragons to a Sawfish: The Rylands Library Map of 1546 -- Evidence of a Sea Monster Specialist -- The Curious Career of the Flying Turtle -- The Eclecticism of Giacomo Gastaldi -- The Sea Monsters of Gerard Mercator's Great Map of 1569.

Contents note continued: Sea Monsters Cavorting Among the Mediterranean Isles -- The Sea Monsters Surrounding Iceland in the First Atlas -- A Haunting Sea Monster Reappears -- Whales Fantastic and Realistic at the End of the Sixteenth Century -- Two New World Sea Monsters.
Geographic Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GA781 .V36 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Maps

On Order