The sea monsters on early maps are one of their most visually engaging elements, and yet they have never before been carefully studied. These creatures shine light not only on the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also on the history and geography of the marvelous and of Western conceptions of the ocean. Moreover the monsters depicted on maps can supply fascinating insights into the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them. This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated book is both original and delightful.
Written by Chet Van Duzer
Paperback, 22 x 24 cm.
Color illustrations throughout.
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