By Carl Moreland, David Bannister
Attractive, evocative and traditionally major, previous maps are without end interesting and keenly amassed. vintage Maps is greatly recognized as a regular reference paintings for amateur map creditors and specialists alike. It presents a historic heritage to the topic and recommendation on beginning a set. The helpful biographical part lists significant map makers among 1450 and 1850, with key dates and works.
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Wohlgemut was Diirer's tutor between 1486 and 1490. The print of 'Anglie Provincia' opposite was once thought to be a representation of Dover or even London but is now considered to be an illustration of a typically European city of the day and actually has a striking resemblance to the architecture of Nuremberg in 1493. The description accompanying the view (see translation below) is written in medieval Latin and includes the following: '. . many say that the Kings and Princes of England and the Parliament of the people meet to this day with the merchants there'.
As might be expected, it was the Romans who produced a remarkably practical and accurate map of the 50,000 or more miles of roads in the Empire, probably in the third century AD. Known as the Peutinger Table, from the name of a sixteenth-century German antiquarian who possessed a thirteenthcentury copy, now in Vienna, it was in the form of a roll about 22 feet long and a foot wide, showing roads in straight lines with distances between stages. By its nature, the shapes of most countries and land masses were much distorted, but no doubt it served its purpose as an efficient guide.
In the story of printing Nuremberg plays a major part and soon became one of the most important and influential publishing centres. Although not founded until soon after the year 1000, the city's position at the meeting point of North-South and East-West trade routes in Central Europe, and its designation in the middle of the thirteenth century as an Imperial Free City, led to rapid growth in wealth and status. By the fifteenth century it had become one of the great cultural centres of Europe, its scholars and craftsmen exercising powerful influence throughout the Continent, not only on the development of cartography but on scientific thought in general.
Antique Maps by Carl Moreland, David Bannister