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Terra incognita : mapping the Antipodes before 1600

Author: Alfred Hiatt
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Terra Incognita, Alfred Hiatt draws on sources both literary and visual to understand the appeal of the antipodes. Examining maps and diagrams, as well as evidence contained in geographical and historical works, poetry, travel narratives, and legal documents, he challenges long-standing characterizations of medieval spatiality as exclusively symbolic and religious. Instead, Hiatt finds, the idea of people on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Maps
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hiatt, Alfred.
Terra incognita.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
(OCoLC)697901791
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Hiatt
ISBN: 9780226333038 0226333035
OCLC Number: 176979282
Description: xii, 298 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Beyond the Known World --
2. The Antipodes in Antiquity --
3. Realignment: the Antipodes between Classicism and Christianity --
4. Representing the Unknown: the Antipodes on the World Image --
5. Between Passage and Recessus: the Antipodes 1100-1400 --
6. Terra Recognita: the Expansion of the Known World 1400-1493 --
7. Nondum Cognita: the Antipodes and the New World 1493-1530 --
8. Still Unexplored: Terra Australis Incognita 1531-1610 --
9. Much Lost Knowledge.
Responsibility: Alfred Hiatt.

Abstract:

"In Terra Incognita, Alfred Hiatt draws on sources both literary and visual to understand the appeal of the antipodes. Examining maps and diagrams, as well as evidence contained in geographical and historical works, poetry, travel narratives, and legal documents, he challenges long-standing characterizations of medieval spatiality as exclusively symbolic and religious. Instead, Hiatt finds, the idea of people on the other side of the Earth provided a potent and malleable symbol for political theorists, satirists, scholars, and poets - as well as for mapmakers. Terra Incognita is, in the end, the history of a non place, of lands conjured by the scientific imagination, which nevertheless drove exploration, and which continued to shape the world map, even as they slowly vanished from it."--book jacket.
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