By J. Lennart Berggren, Alexander Jones
Ptolemy's Geography is the single e-book on cartography to have survived from the classical interval and some of the most influential clinical works of all time. Written within the moment century advert, for greater than fifteen centuries it was once the main distinct topography of Europe and Asia on hand and the easiest reference on how one can assemble facts and draw maps. Ptolemy championed using astronomical remark and utilized arithmetic in deciding upon geographical destinations. yet extra importantly, he brought the perform of writing down coordinates of range and longitude for each characteristic drawn on an international map, in order that another person owning purely the textual content of the Geography may well reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in entire or partially, at any scale.
Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and supply an intensive creation, which treats the old and technical heritage of Ptolemy's paintings, the contents of the Geography, and the later heritage of the paintings. additionally integrated listed below are specific colour reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early published variations of the textual content, consultant of the gorgeous and useful cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's paintings. Historians of technology, classicists, and someone who enjoys attractive maps or map making will locate this paintings an integral addition to their library.