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A Bibliography for Research issues in the Cartographic History of the Atlantic World


24 April 1999
David Woodward

Allen, John Logan, ed. North American Exploration. Vol. 1: A New World Discovered.
University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

Almagifi, Roberto. Monumenta Cartographica Vaticana. Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1944-52.

Alpers, Svetlana. The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.

Bagrow, L. and Skelton, R. History of Cartography. Chicago: Precedent Books, 1985.

Baldacci. Osvaldo, ed. Atlante Colombiano della Grande Scoperta. Rome: Libreria dello Stato, 1992.

Belyea, Barbara. "Images of Power: Derrida, Foucault, Harley." Cartographica 29 (2 1992): 1-9.

Black, Jeremy. Maps and history: constructing images of the past. New Haven: Yale University
Press, 1997.
___________Maps and politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Blakemore, Michael and Harley, J. B. "Concepts in the History of Cartography: A Review and
Perspective." Cartographica 17, No.4 (1980) (Monograph 26).

Boelhower, William. "Inventing America: A Model of Cartographic Semiosis." Word and Image 4 (2 1988): 475-97. See also other articles in this special cartographic issue of Word and Image.

Broc, Numa. La Geographie de la Renaissance 1420 - 1620. Memoires de la Section de geographie, Paris: C. T .H.S., 1980.

Brotton, Jerry. Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World London: ReaktionBooks, 1997.

Buisseret, David, ed. From Sea Charts to Satellite Images: Interpreting North American History Through Maps. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

____________ ed. Envisioning the City: Six Studies in Urban Cartography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

____________ed. Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps: The Emergence of Cartography as a Tool of Government in Early Modern Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. Essays by John Marino, Peter Barber, David Buisseret, Geoffrey Parker, James Vann, Michael J. Mikos.

Campbell, Tony. The Earliest Printed Maps. London: British Library Publications, 1988.

Conley, Tom. The Self-made map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Cormack, Lesley B. Charting an empire: geography at the English universities, 1580-1620. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Cortesao,Armando and Avelino Teixeira da Mota. Portugaliae Monumenta Cartographica. Coimbra: Junta de Investigacoes do Ultramar-Lisboa, 1960.

Cortesao, Armando. History of Portuguese Cartography. 2 vols. Coimbra: Junta de Investigacoes do Ultramar-Lisboa, 1969-71.

Cosgrove, Denis and Stephen Daniels, ed. The Iconography of Landscape: Essays on the
Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments
, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988).

Cosgrove, Denis E., "Contested Global Visions: One-World; Whole-Earth, and the Apollo Space Photographs," Annals, Association of American Geographers 84 (2) (1994): 270-94.

Cumming, William P., R. A. Skelton, and D. B. Quinn. The Discovery of North America. New ( York: American Heritage Press, 1972.

Dainville, Francois de. La Geographie des Humanistes. Les Jesuites et l'Education de la Societe Francaise. Paris: Beauchesne et ses fils, 1940.

De Vorsey, Louis. Keys to the Encounter: a Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of the Age of Discovery. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1992.

Diffie, Bailey and George Winius, Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415-1580. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977.

Durand, Dana Bennett. The Vienna- Klosterneuburg Map Corpus of the Fifteenth Century: A Study in the Transition from Medieval to Modern Science. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1952.

Edgerton, Samuel Y., Jr. "From Mental Matrix to Mappamundi to Christian Empire: The Heritage of Ptolemaic Cartography in the Renaissance," in Woodward, David., ed. Art and Cartography: Six Historical Essays (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), pp. 10-50.

Edney, Matthew H. "Cartography Without 'Progress:' Reinterpreting the Nature and Historical Development of Mapmaking," Cartographica 30 (1993): 54-68.

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L. The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

Fite, Emerson D. and Archibald Freeman. A Book of Old Maps Delineating American History. New York: Dover, 1969.

Gautier Dalche, "L'usage des cartes marines aux XIVe et XVe siecles." In Spazi, tempi, misure e percorsi nell/Europa del bassomedioevo, 97-128. Atti dei Convegni del Centro italiano di studi suI Basso Medioevo - Accademia Tudertina e del Centro di studi sulla spiritualitil medievale, n.s.9. Spoleto: Centro Italiano di Studi sul1'Alto Medioevo, 1996.

Gautier Dalche, Patrick. "Pour tine histoire du regard geographique. Conception et usage de la carte au XV siecle." Micrologus. Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies 4 (The Theatre of Nature 1996): 77-103.
Gentile, Sebastiano. Firenze e la scoperta dell~merica: Umanesimo e geografia nel /400 fiorentino. (Firenze: Olschki, 1992).

Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Focus Behaim Globus. Nuremberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, 1992. v1: essays on various aspects of the globe, including pigments--Bernd Hering "Zur Hetstellungstechnik des Behaim Globus," 289-300. v2: catalogue very detailed explanations of instruments, globes etc.

Gibson, Walter S. "The Mirror and Portrait of the Earth," in Mirror of the Earth: The World Landscape in Sixteenth-Century Flemish Painting. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989), pp. 48-59.

Gillies, John. Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Goodman, Nelson. Ways of Worldmaking (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1978).

Grafton, Anthony, April Shelford and Nancy Siraisi. New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Harley, J. B. Maps and the Columbian Encounter, (Milwaukee: Golda Meir Library, 1990). Useful general and specific bibliographies, pp. 141-49.

_____________. "The map and the development of the history of cartography." In J. B. Harley
and D. Woodward, eds. The History of Cartography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1, L--: 1987: 1-42.
_____________. "Silences and Secrecy: The Hidden Agenda of Cartography in Early Modem Europe." Imago Mundi 40 (1988): 57-76.

_____________. "The Iconology of Early Maps." In Imago et Mensura Mundi: Atti del IX Congresso Internazionale di Storia della Cartografia, ed. Carla Clivio Marzoli. 29-38. 1. Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1985.

_____________. "Maps, Knowledge and Power." In The Iconography of Landscape: Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments, ed. Denis Cosgrove and Stephen Daniels. 277-312. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

_____________. "Deconstructing the Map." In Writing Worlds: Discourse, Texts, and Metaphors in the Representation of Landscape, ed. Trevor J. Barnes and James S. Duncan. 231-47. London: Routledge, 1992. Also in Cartographica 26 (2 1989): 1-20.

Harley, J. B. and David Woodward. History of Cartography: Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean. Vol. 1 Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Harley, J. B. and Woodward, D. "Why cartography needs its history." American Cartographer 16 1989: 5-15.

Harvey, Paul D.A. The History of Topographical Maps: Symbols: Pictures and Surveys. London: Thames and Hudson, 1980.

___________. "Local and Regional Cartography in Medieval Europe." In History of Cartography: Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, ed. J. B. Harley and David Woodward. 464-501.1. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

____________. Medieval Maps. London: British Library, 1991.

Helgerson, Richard. "The Land Speaks: Cartography, Chorography, and Subversion in Renaissance England." Representations 16 (1986): 50-85.

Hooykaas, Reijer. "The Rise of Modem Science: When and Why?" British Journal for the History of Science 20 (1987): 453-73.

Jacob, Christian. L 'empire des cartes: approche theorique de la cartographie a travers l'histoire. Paris: Michel, 1992.

Jardine, Lisa. Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance. New York , London: Doubleday Macmillan, 1996.

Karrow, Robert W. Mapmakers of the Sixteenth Century and Their Maps: Bio-Bibliographies of the Cartographers of Abraham Ortelius, 1570. Chicago: Speculum Orbis Press for The Newberry Library, 1993.

Kiely, Edmond R. Surveying Instruments: Their History. Columbus: Carben Surveying Reprints, 1979.

Latour, Bruno. "Drawing Things Together," in Michael Lynch and Steve Woolgar, eds, Representation in Scientific Practice (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990), pp. 19-68.

Lestringant, Frank. Mapping the Renaissance world: the geographical imagination in the age of discovery. Translated by David Fausett; with a foreword by Stephen Greenblatt. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Levenson, Jay, ed. Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration. New Haven: Yale University Press for the National Gallery of Art, 1991.

Marques, Alfredo Pinheiro. Portugal and the European Discovery of America: Christopher Columbus and the Portuguese. Portuguese. State Mint, 1992. A popular but very useful book with an excellent bibliography.

Mignolo, Walter. The darker side of the Renaissance: literacy, territoriality, and colonization. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.

Milanesi, Marica. "La rinascita della geografia dell'Europa, 1350-1480." In Europa e Mediterraneo tra medioevo e prima eta moderna: L 'osservatorio italiano, ed. Sergio Gensini. 35-59. San Miniato: Pacini Editore, 1992.

Mol1at du Jardin, Michel, and Monique de la Ronciere. Sea Charts of the Early Explorers. Translated from the French by L. le R. Dethan. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1984.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages A. D.
. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971. The Southern Voyages 1492-1616. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974.

Mukerji, Chandra. From Graven Images: Patterns of Modern Materialism, (New York:
Columbia University Press, 1983), esp. "Pictorial Prints and the Growth of Consumerism: Class and Cosmopolitanism in Early Modem Culture," pp. 30-77 and "A New World Picture: Maps as Capital Goods for the Modem World System," pp. 79-127.

Mundy, Barbara. The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the
Relaciones Geograficas.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Nebenzahl, Kenneth. Atlas of Columbus and the Great Discoveries. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1990.

Nordenskiold, Adolf Erik. Periplus. An Essay on the Early History of Charts and Sailing Directions. Translated by Francis A. Bather. Stockholm: 1897.

____________. Facsimile-Atlas to the Early History of Cartography. New York: Dover Publications, 1973.

Nuti, Lucia, "The Perspective Plan in the Sixteenth Century: The Invention of a Representational Language," Art Bulletin 76 (1994): 105-128.

O'Gomlan, Edmundo. The invention of America; an inquiry into the historical nature of the New World and the meaning of its history. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1961.

Penrose, Boies. Travel and Discovery in the Renaissance 1420-1620. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1952.
Ch 16: The Cartography and Navigation of the Renaissance, pp. 241-73 includes a useful list of facsimile atlases and maps, pp. 253-255.

Reichert, Folker E. "Der Erfindung Amerikas durch die Kartographie." Archiv fur Kulturgeschichte 8 (1996): 115-43.

Rornm, James S. The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought: Geography, Exploration, and Fiction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Russell, Jeffrey Burton. Inventing the Flat Earth. Columbus and Modern Historians. New York: Prager, 1991.

Schulz, Juergen. "Jacopo de' Barbari's View of Venice: Map Making, City Views, and Moralized Geography Before the Year 1500." Art Bulletin 60 (1978): 425-74.

Seed, Patricia. Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New World 1492-1640. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Skelton, Raleigh Ashlin. Explorers' Maps: Chapters in the Cartographic Record of Geographical Discovery. reprinted by Spring Books, 1970 ed., London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958.

Skelton, R. A. et al. The Vinland Map and the Tartar relation. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 1995.

Skelton, R. A. Maps: a historical survey of their study and collecting. Chicago: University of ~ Chicago Press, 1972.

Snyder, J. Flattening the earth: two thousand years of map projections. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Taylor, Eva G.R. The Haven-Finding Art: A History of Navigation from Odysseus to Captain Cook. London: Hollis and Carter, 1971.

Veltman, Kim H. "Ptolemy and the origins of linear perspective" in La prospettiva rinascimentale (1980)

Wightman, W. P. D., Science and the Renasissance: An Introduction to the Study of the Emergence of the Sciences in the Sixteenth Century. New York: Hafner Publishing Company, 1962, esp. Chapter VIII: "Mathematical Practioners--Maps, Charts, and Surveys."

Williamson, James A. The Cabot Voyages and Bristol Discoveries under Henry VII. With the cartography of the voyages by R. A. Skelton. Cambridge: Published for the Hakluyt Society at the University Press, 1962.

Winsor, Justin, ed. Narrative and Critical History of America. Boston: 1884-89.

Wood, Denis. "The Fine Line Between Mapping and Mapmaking." Cartographica 30 (41993):

____________.The Power of Maps. New York: Guilford Press, 1992.

Woodward, D. 1974. The study of the history of cartography: a suggested framework. American Cartographer, 1:101-15.

____________. Five Centuries of Map-Printing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

____________., ed. Art and Cartography: Six Historical Essays (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987).

____________. "Maps and the Rationalization of Geographic Space." In Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration, 83-87. New Haven: Yale University Press for the National Gallery of Art, 1991.

____________. Maps as Prints in the Italian Renaissance: Makers, Distributors & Consumers. The 1995 Panizzi Lectures, London: British Library, 1996.

World Encompassed, The. The World Encompassed: An Exhibition of the History of Maps held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1952.

Zerubavel, Eviatar. Terra Cognita: The Mental Discovery of America. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992.


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