The Cosmographer at Work

in Secret Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226675343
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226675374 | DOI:
The Cosmographer at Work

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This chapter examines Juan López de Velasco's principal cosmographical work, the Geografía y descripción de las Indias (1574), and a subsequent shorter work, the Sumario (c. 1580)—two works that because of their strategic value remained unpublished during the reign of Philip II. It uses critiques from Italian cosmographer Juan Bautista Gesio (d. 1581) to illustrate ways in which the works are emblematic of the epistemological and representational deficiencies that certain practitioners perceived as having overtaken the cosmographical genre.

Keywords: Velasco; las Indias; Sumario; Juan Bautista Gesio; cosmographical works; cosmography

Chapter.  17357 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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