Mapping Africa

At Time to Eat the Dogs the always excellent Michael Robinson (and if you don’t already regularly read him you should) has a stimulating review of a fascinationg online exhibition, from Princeton University, of the historical development of the European cartography of Africa. Both review and exhibition are more than worth your time go look!

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3 responses to “Mapping Africa

  1. Thanks for the kind words John!

  2. jeb

    Very nice exhibition. A vist to the map library is one of life’s great pleasures. I dont think anything beats seeing old maps in the flesh, they are stunning to look at and rather dramatic objects when laid out in front of you. Things of wonder.

    Bodleian Library also has an intresting online version of “Kitāb Gharāʾib al-funūn wa-mulaḥ al-ʿuyūn” “The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes”

    It has an Islamic example which features the Mountains of the Moon.

    http://cosmos.bodley.ox.ac.uk/content.php/proj_desc?expand=733,

  3. jeb

    Very nice, nothing beats the visual inpact of seeing these things in the flesh. Visiting the map library is one of lifes greatest pleasures.

    The Bodleian Library has a very intresting online version of the “Kitāb Gharāʾib al-funūn wa-mulaḥ al-ʿuyūn” (The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes).

    It has an Islamic map which features the Mountians of the moon and is indeed a ‘marvel for the eyes’

    The link seems to have issues with the blogging software you use Thony so a google for the book of Curiosities is needed.

    Its well worth a vist as they present the source material in an interesting manner allowing you to view the arabic text and get a line by line translation and notes.

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