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Printing a Mediterranean World Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography

ISBN-10: 0674066480

ISBN-13: 9780674066489

Edition: 2012

Authors: Sean Roberts

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In 1482, the Florentine humanist and statesman Francesco Berlinghieri produced the Geographia, a book of over one hundred folio leaves describing the world in Italian verse, inspired by the ancient Greek geography of Ptolemy. The poem, divided into seven books (one for each day of the week the author “travels” the known world), is interleaved with lavishly engraved maps to accompany readers on this journey.Sean Roberts demonstrates that the Geographia represents the moment of transition between printing and manuscript culture, while forming a critical base for the rise of modern cartography. Simultaneously, the use of the Geographia as a diplomatic gift from Florence to the Ottoman Empire tells another story. This exchange expands our understanding of Mediterranean politics, European perceptions of the Ottomans, and Ottoman interest in mapping and print. The envoy to the Sultan represented the aspirations of the Florentine state, which chose not to bestow some other highly valued good, such as the city’s renowned textiles, but instead the best example of what Florentine visual, material, and intellectual culture had to offer.
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 274
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Sean Roberts is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Southern California.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Gifts from Afar
Ptolemy in Transit
The Rebirth of Geography
Making Books, Forging Communities
Printing Tolerance and Intolerance
Conclusion: Resurrection and Necromancy
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index