Contributions to Books:

M. Lechthaler:
"The World Image in Maps - From the Old Ages to Mercator";
in: "Cartography and Art", W. Cartwright, G. Gartner, A. Lehn (ed.); Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009, ISBN: 978-3-540-68567-8, 155 - 174.

English abstract:
Studying the Australian aborigines´ `dreamtime´ maps or 16th Century engravings from Dutch cartographers, one can lose oneself in their beauty. Casually, cartography is a kind of art. Visualization techniques, precision and compliance with reality are of main interest. The centuries of great expeditions led to today´s view and mapping of the world. This chapter gives an overview on the milestones in the history of cartography, from the old ages to Mercator´s map collections. Each map presented is a work of art, which acts as a substitute for its era, allowing us to re-live the circumstances at that time.

History of cartographic representation, Greek antique, Claudius Ptolemy, Roman antique age, Middle age, Martin Behaim, Portolan charts, Christopher Columbus, Quartza orbis pars, Livetime opus of Gerhard Mercator, Map of the world from 1569,

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