THE WORLD FOR A KING
Pierre Desceliers’ World Map of 1550

CHET VAN DUZER
160pp 42 PLATES 2015 LIST PRICE: £50.00 R300

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A full-scale colour reproduction and commentary on one of the British Library's greatest treasures, the manuscript world map of 1550 produced by Pierre Desceliers. Compendious, exotic, sumptuously illustrated and replete with interest and information, the map is one of the most important of the 'Dieppe School' of cartography that flourished in Normandy from the 1540s to the 1560s. Van Duzer's text situates the map in context among Desceliers' other surviving works; analyses the map's many illustrations of people, animals and cities; discusses its curious hypothetical southern continent; and includes translations of all the long descriptions. Following a substantial introduction, the map is reproduced at real size in forty-two sections, each accompanied by explanatory notes, and a reduced-size removable reproduction of the entire map is inserted at the back of the book.