New Found Lands: Maps in the History of Exploration, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

New Found Lands

Maps in the History of Exploration, 1st Edition

By Peter Whitfield


200 pages

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pub: 1998-05-26
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"This is a book to get lost in on a cold winter's night. …[This book] was clearly a labour of love, as the author laments that he can can give only the barest summaries of the adventures he recounts with relish." -- Bowdens

"It's a highly enlightening book of cartography, and demonstrates humankind's need to know where it has been, where it is and where it can go. Education mixed with fun discovery dominate Whitfield's work." -- Illinois Times

"New Found Lands provides a new approach to historical and cartographic coverage… Plenty of description accompanies these black and white and color reproductions of old maps, making for a fine exploration and historical review." -- Reviewer's Bookwatch

"Recommended for all public and academic libraries." -- Library Journal

"This is a book to get lost in on a cold winter's night." -- The Montreal Gazette

"It's a fascinating journey through the old map files of many libraries and museums, following everyone from Vasco de Gama to Lewish and Clark to even some Chinese explorers…it's terrific." -- Burlington Times-News

"…a carefully crafted book, both in terms of the attractive and well-reporduced colour maps and the well-written and compelling narrative…a reliable work with compelling prose descriptions of important and exciting adventures." -- Canadian Journal of History

About the Author

Peter Whitfield runs his own company publishing facsimiles of historical maps. In 1995 he was curator of the British Library exhibit, "The Earth and the Heavens: The Map Maker's Art." He currently lives in London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General