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Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond
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Mapping Asia presents an authoritative selection of the most important antique maps of Asia and the Middle East produced from the time of Alexander the Great to the early nineteenth century, by cartographers from England, France, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Italy, and China. A fascinating visual chronicle of the maps and their makers, this book explores the history of Europe's discovery of lands to the east, from Constantinople to present-day Alaska. It tells the stories of the thriving trade that linked east and west beginning with the ancient Silk Road, the explorers - such as Magellan and Sir Francis Drake - who continually searched for new lands and routes to reach the east beginning in the fifteenth century, and the indigenous peoples who struggled to retain their autonomy in the face of European missionary activity and influence. Mapping Asia reproduces in full color 80 beautifully rendered and rare maps, more than 40 of which have never been published for the general public. Each map is accompanied by an accessible essay that provides extensive background on the mapmaker and how the map was originally produced, and describes the geography, sites, and details on the map. Most
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Table of Contents

Introduction; [80 maps reproduced in chronological order, in sections as follows]; Part 1 Ancient and Medieval European Concepts Of Asia; Part 2 The Impulse To Explore The East; Part 3 East Indian Empires: Portuguese, Dutch, British, French, Spanish; Part 4 Japan, Korea, China - Alternating Penetration And Rejection; Part 5 North To Cathay and The Pacific; Notes; Glossary; Chronology; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgments

About the Author

Kenneth Nebenzahl is an internationally recognized authority on antiquarian cartography and one of the most prominent dealers and appraisers in the United States in rare books, manuscripts, and maps. He served as a consultant on the history of cartography to Rand McNally from 1966 to 1998, is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and serves on the boards of the Newberry Library and the University of Chicago. Nebenzahl is the author of four books, including Maps of the Holy Lands and The Atlas of Columbus and the Great Discoveries.

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"Maps of mesmerising beauty... A fine new book."-Stephen Bayley, Independent on Sunday "Beautifully printed... The high-quality reproductions of a superb selection from worldwide collections speak for themselves... An informative, intriguing and beautiful book."-Dr Susan Whitfield, Royal Academy Journal "It's been a big year for the Silk Road, with the British Library's majestic exhibition ably and plentifully supported by book publishers right across the board... But no matter how good these books have been, it's fair to say that none of them have pulled out the stops quite so effectively as... Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond - a truly fascinating account... A balanced and authoritative - as well as visually stunning - cartographical anthology. The pleasure of seeing such a distinguished collection of maps brought together in in one volume is greatly enhanced by the production values of the book itself. Apart from the fact it's beautifully printed on stout matt paper with absolutely no show-through, the printer seems to have got the colours spot-on, which is a laudable achievement[...]."-Geographical "Nebenzahl's achievement... is to make accessible and arresting an esoteric field."-World of Interiors "Even specialists of maps of Asia and the way there will find something new... A welcome addition to the cartography of Asia, particularly for the choice of illustrations and their superb reproduction."-IMCoS (Journal of the International Map Collector's Society) "Beautiful... Nebenzahl's commentary on the maps, which presuppose no expert knowledge of cartography, [...] is clear and helpful."-The Art Newspaper "A collection of maps, spanning 2,000 years offer a unique insight into the discovery of Asia and its trade routes."-British Airways Magazine

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