Ptolemy's Geography is the single booklet on cartography to have survived from the classical interval and some of the most influential clinical works of all time. Written within the moment century advert, for greater than fifteen centuries it was once the main specific topography of Europe and Asia on hand and the simplest reference on how you can assemble info and draw maps. Ptolemy championed using astronomical remark and utilized arithmetic in choosing geographical destinations. yet extra importantly, he brought the perform of writing down coordinates of range and longitude for each characteristic drawn on an international map, in order that another person owning simply the textual content of the Geography might reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in entire or partly, at any scale.
Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and supply an intensive advent, which treats the historic and technical heritage of Ptolemy's paintings, the contents of the Geography, and the later historical past of the paintings. additionally integrated listed here are distinctive colour reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early published variants of the textual content, consultant of the gorgeous and sensible cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's paintings. Historians of technological know-how, classicists, and someone who enjoys attractive maps or map making will locate this paintings an crucial addition to their library.