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The World Mapped: being a Short History of Attempts to Map the World from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century

Nature volume 128, page 289 (22 August 1931) | Download Citation



THIS is little more than an essay on an important and vast subject, nor indeed does its author make any further claim. It succeeds, however, in giving an outline of the subject, in which the principal developments are traced and illustrated by reproductions of early maps. The map-makers of antiquity have most notice, and perhaps the monks of the Dark Ages, and their fantastic maps merit a little less attention than they receive in Miss Curnow's allotment of space. This restricts a little the treatment of more enlightened ages. As a whole, however, the work is useful and may be recommended. It contains a short bibliography.

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