01/07/2010 - Tom Conley (Imago Mundi)
"Between Ptolemy and the Charte the
reader discovers the wealth and fortune of topography from
the fifteenth century to the end of the Wars of Religion.
Included—many reproduced for the first time—are surveyors’
drawings, estate maps, topographies produced for
military use, scenographic and bird’s-eye city views (...).
The book is a wealth and treasure-trove of information
sustained by carefully chosen and elegantly reproduced figures
and a rich array of primary and secondary sources.
Anglophone readers will be happy to note that materials
studied in chapters one to four are found in Pelletier’s
contributions to The History of Cartography, vol. 3: The
European Renaissance, part 2, 1480–503 and 1522–37. All
readers will enjoy wandering about de la Guillotière’s provinces,
seen in high resolution on the CD-ROM. This book is a
definitive and enduring point of reference in the history of