New book filled with dazzling maps

If you’re a extreme vacationer, you possibly love maps.

And if you love maps, you’ll love the maps in a new e-book from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England that celebrates the art of atlases with a glance inside the museum’s collection of maps, globes, and map-associated ephemera.

A is for Atlas: Wonders of Maps and Mapping, is a incredibly illustrated birthday celebration of cartography from the thirteenth century to nowadays.

Celestial globe, unknown maker, first 1/2 of the seventeenth century

The book attracts at the museum’s series of extra than 40,000 maps, charts, globes, and atlases, including a 16th-century map of the sector changing the face of a jester, a 19th-century inflatable globe, and a twentieth-century water resistant map that stored lives at some point of the Second World War.

Fool’s Head World Map, via unknown artist, round 1590
 
Inflatable Globe, George Pocock, 1830

The oldest item in the e-book is a manuscript map of Mesopotamia through Abu Ishaq Ibrahim ibn Muhammad al-Farisi al-Istakhri, dated before 1282. Mountain degrees are illustrated in a deep crimson with floral and geometric patterns, at the same time as the rivers Tigris and Euphrates glide throughout the web page in an imposing blue.

Islandia, Abraham Ortelius and Anders Vedel, 1585

The most current item is a football globe made for Mark Wallinger’s First World War centenary artwork, One World via Mark Wallinger. This 2018 soccer is a photographic illustration of the Earth as visible from satellite imagery. This globe turned into commissioned to mark the centenary of the First World War, commemorating the ‘Christmas Day ceasefires’ that took place at the Western Front in 1914.

One World, Mark Wallinger, 2018

Rather than approach the collection chronologically, A is for Atlas attracts on the collection in twenty-six issues, such as ‘commemoration’, ‘manuscript’, ‘sea monsters’ and ‘treasure’.

The e book additionally shows the consequences of an investigation right into a nineteenth-century globe. An endoscope changed into fed through a hollow in a Newton & Son terrestrial table globe from 1842, offering Dr Barford an uncommon view – the inner of a globe. The investigation found out proof pages from various books of the Bible lining the inner and helping the papier-mâché hemispheres.

All photographs courtesy National Maritime Museum, England