Revealing Replicas

in Rhumb Lines and Map Wars

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780226534312
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226534329 | DOI:
Revealing Replicas

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Many illustrators developed clean, book-friendly replicas by transcribing the map's key elements at a smaller, more manageable scale and adding labels describing its larger blocks of text. Full-size, eighteen-sheet facsimiles afford a more realistic impression of Mercator's attention to detail. For scholars concerned with a map's lines and labels, an accessible black-and-white facsimile is often more valuable than a rare hand-colored print ensconced in a distant library. Mercator knew about loxodromic spirals as early as 1541, when he included a multitude of these curved lines of constant direction on his famous terrestrial globe. Although Mercator demonstrated the projection's look and use, Wright made the secret of its construction readily available to other mapmakers.

Keywords: replicas; map; mapmaker; hand-colored print; loxodromic spirals

Chapter.  4066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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