Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Kanas, Nick, 1945-

Title Star maps : history, artistry, and cartography / Nick Kanas
Edition 2nd ed
Published New York ; London : Springer, 2012


Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color)
Series Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy
Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Contents What is a star map? -- Non-European cosmology and constellation development -- European cosmology -- European constellation development -- Early European star maps -- The "Big Four" of the Golden Age of pictorial star maps -- Other important star maps of the Golden Age -- Special topics -- Mapping the stars in early America -- The transition to non-pictorial star maps -- Color plate gallery -- Collecting celestial maps and prints -- Supplementary reference catalog -- Indices of major constellation atlases -- The British Library "King's" edition -- Glossary
Summary Annotation Until the publication of the first edition of 'Star Maps, ' books were either general histories of astronomy using examples of antiquarian celestial maps as illustrations, or catalogs of celestial atlases that failed to trace the flow of sky map development over time. The second editionfocuses on the development of contemporary views of the heavens and advances in map-making. It captures the beauty and awe of the heavens through images from antiquarian celestial prints and star atlases. This book uniquely combines a number of features: 1) the history of celestial cartography is traced from ancient to modern times; 2) this development is integrated with contemporary cosmological systems; 3) the artistry of sky maps is shown using beautiful color images from actual celestial atlases and prints; 4) each illustration is accompanied by a legend explaining what is being shown; and 5) the text is written for the lay reader based on the author's experience with writing articles for amateur astronomy and map collector magazines. This updated second edition of 'Star Maps' contains over 50 new pages of text and 44 new images (16 in color), including completely new sections on celestial frontispieces, deep-sky objects, playing card maps, additional cartographers, and modern computerized star maps. There is also expanded material about celestial globes, volvelles, telescopes, and planets and asteroids
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Stars -- Charts, diagrams, etc. -- History -- Popular works
Stars -- Atlases -- History -- Popular works
Astronomical geography -- History -- Popular works
SCIENCE -- Astronomy.
Astronomical geography.
Genre/Form atlases.
Popular works.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781461409175