Cartography in the European Enlightenment
Edited by Matthew H. Edney and Mary S. Pedley

Volume 4 of The History of Cartography
University of Chicago Press, 2019
ISBN: 9780226184753 cloth
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A comprehensive study of mapping in Europe (and Russia and the Ottoman Empire) between 1650 and 1800 (give or take). These 17lbs of sheer scholarly goodness comprise an interpretive encyclopedia: 481 entries by 209 contributors from 22 countries in addition to the USA, with 958 full-color illustrations. Its entries vary from broad, interpretive treatments of large themes to precise, factual accounts of people and things. The volume was designed around a series of conceptual clusters:

Historiographic Context

• how scholars have studied mapping in the European Enlightenment

Representational Contexts

• the modes of mapping, in terms of both Surveying and Observation (property, boundary, topographical, and urban) and Conceptualization and Visualization (geographical, celestial, thematic, marine)

Methodological Contexts

• the broad contexts of Art and Craft and of Science (incl. the mode of geodetic surveying)

Political Contexts

• the broad contexts of the emergent Public Sphere (Map Trade, Map Collecting) and of government and administration (Administrative and Military cartographies)

Individuals, Institutions, and Artifacts

• people and things that have broad relevance to more than one mode or context

Regional Contexts