Containing numerous maps from the archives of the royal geographical society mapping the world tells the story of the philosophers explorers artists and scientists who brought together their skills to produce some of the most intriguing artifacts ever created. From the crude maps of ancient babylon to the satellite fueled precision of google maps cartography has been both a record of dreams and of discoveries maps have played midwife to empires helped win wars and encouraged humanity to venture beyond boundaries of space and time containing numerous . Mapping the world takes you on a journey through the history of cartography and is essentially a history of the world and how its territories were discovered and explored. Mapping the world is a one of a kind collection of cartographic treasures spanning thousands of years and many cultures from an ancient babylonian map of the world etched on clay to the latest high tech maps of the earth the seas and the skies above. From ptolemys projection of the world still the basic map after 13 centuries to tolkiens cartography of middle earth the most printed guide to a non existent place ever each of these maps has its own fascinating story to tell
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