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Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
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Chet Van Duzer is a Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress. He is the author of Johann Schoner's Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study (2010) and co-author with John Hessler of Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 & 1516 World Maps (forthcoming).

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"Full of charming stories and cartographic detail, Chet Van Duzer's book is an entertaining and rewarding book for general readers and a well-researched reference for scholars."--Alessandro Scafi "Times Literary Supplement " "[An] authoritative, wide-ranging study. . . . Sumptuously produced. . . . The author is an encyclopedic scholar of historical cartography, with a magisterial command of comparative knowledge and scrupulous attentiveness to detail."--Marina Warner "New York Review of Books " "Lavish. . . . The sea monsters depicted throughout Van Duzer's beautifully illustrated British Library volume strike absolute wonder in the reader today, and the author provides valuable insight into what medieval and Renaissance viewers must have made of these sinewy, silly, horned, fanged, and fearsome creatures. . . . Van Duzer reminds scholars that it sometimes helps to let the eye wander to the margins, to get a different historical perspective of medieval perspectives of their surrounding seas. This critical analysis of a hitherto ignored cartographic trope adds much-needed depth to our understanding of medieval and later perceptions of the sea and its mysterious creatures."--Vicki Ellen Szabo, Western Carolina University "Nautical Research Journal " "An in-depth dissection of ancient maps and sea beasts from days past."--Andrew Belonsky "Out " Full of charming stories and cartographic detail, Chet Van Duzer s book is an entertaining and rewarding book for general readers and a well-researched reference for scholars. --Alessandro Scafi "Times Literary Supplement "" [An] authoritative, wide-ranging study. . . . Sumptuously produced. . . . The author is an encyclopedic scholar of historical cartography, with a magisterial command of comparative knowledge and scrupulous attentiveness to detail. --Marina Warner "New York Review of Books "" Lavish. . . . The sea monsters depicted throughout Van Duzer s beautifully illustrated British Library volume strike absolute wonder in the reader today, and the author provides valuable insight into what medieval and Renaissance viewers must have made of these sinewy, silly, horned, fanged, and fearsome creatures. . . . Van Duzer reminds scholars that it sometimes helps to let the eye wander to the margins, to get a different historical perspective of medieval perspectives of their surrounding seas. This critical analysis of a hitherto ignored cartographic trope adds much-needed depth to our understanding of medieval and later perceptions of the sea and its mysterious creatures. --Vicki Ellen Szabo, Western Carolina University "Nautical Research Journal "" An in-depth dissection of ancient maps and sea beasts from days past. --Andrew Belonsky "Out "" A truly charming book, and one that will turbocharge the imagination of anyone staring over the side of a boat at a bunch of waves that could hide just about anything. --Sam Llewellyn "Marine Quarterly "" In the large-format, hardcover that this thing is, it s basically as near to the ultimate nerd-level coffee table book that you could ever want, and I love it for that. --Aidan Flax-Clark "Lapham's Quarterly "" "A truly charming book, and one that will turbocharge the imagination of anyone staring over the side of a boat at a bunch of waves that could hide just about anything." --Sam Llewellyn "Marine Quarterly " "In the large-format, hardcover that this thing is, it's basically as near to the ultimate nerd-level coffee table book that you could ever want, and I love it for that." --Aidan Flax-Clark "Lapham's Quarterly "

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