Author(s): Jerry Brotton
The world's finest maps explored and explained. From Ptolemy's world map to the Hereford's Mappa Mundi, through Mercator's map of the world to the latest maps of the Moon and Google Earth, Great Maps provides a fascinating overview of cartography through the ages. Revealing the stories behind 55 historical maps by analyzing graphic close-ups, Great Maps also profiles key cartographers and explorers to look why each map was commissioned, who it was for and how they influenced navigation, propaganda, power, art, and politics.
Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London, and a leading expert in the history of maps and Renaissance cartography. He is the author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps and The Sale of the Late King's Goods: Charles I and His Art Collection, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Hessell Tiltman History Prize. He also presented the BBC television series Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession.