Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond


An unprecedented volume documenting the mapping and discovery of Asia and its trade routes, including the Silk Road, from 334 BC to the 19th century.


Kenneth Nebenzahl


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Price: USD$29.95



Overview
  • An unprecedented volume documenting the mapping and discovery of Asia and its trade routes, including the Silk Road, from 334 BC to the 19th century
  • A beautiful collection of original rare maps spanning 2,000 years of cartographic history, including 40 maps never before published for the general public
  • Showcases maps by explorers, merchants and colonial administrators during the age of exploration, with discoveries by Capt. James Cook, Sir Francis Drake, Magellan and heroic Chinese navigator Zheng He
  • An indispensable research volume for map collectors and novices alike, the book includes a bibliography, chronology and glossary of key cartographic terms



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About the book
Today the world is focusing unprecedented attention on Asia and the Middle East - rediscovering a cultural, political, and geographical landscape that has fascinated and frustrated Westerners since the time of Alexander the Great.

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond traces the history of the European age of exploration and its lasting effects on these regions through an extensive series of beautifully rendered and imaginative maps drawn by explorers, merchants, and colonial administrators of the time. The book focuses on both maritime exploration and overland discovery via the ancient Silk Road: a network of trading posts that encompassed China, Tibet, Pakistan, India, Kurdistan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and dozens of other places known in ancient times by fabled names, including Abyssinia, Malacca, Macassar, Siam, and Cathay.

The maps provide detailed visual keys to the fascinating history of Asia and the Middle East: altogether they illuminate a cast of historical figures ranging from great leaders (the Queen of Sheba, Mohammed the prophet, King Charles V) to legendary explorers (Marco Polo, Columbus, Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, Capt. James Cook) and influential cartographers.

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond depicts over eighty maps organized in clear chronology - from Alexander the Great's map of the world, first created in 323 BC and reproduced in a sixteenth-century atlas, to maps from the nineteenth century by French and Dutch explorers that detail the growing interaction between Europeans and Eastern cultures. These maps represent the finest examples in existence in museums, libraries, and archives around the world, chosen because they depict the most important milestones in the mapping of Asia.



In The Press
'A collection of maps, spanning 2,000 years offer a unique insight into the discovery of Asia and its trade routes.' British Airways Magazine


About the author(s)
Kenneth Nebenzahl is an internationally recognized authority on antiquarian cartography and one of the most prominent dealers and appraisers in the US in rare books, manuscripts, and maps. He served as Consultant on the History of Cartography to Rand McNally from 1966-98, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and serves on the boards of the Newberry Library and the University of Chicago. Nebenzahl is the author of several books, including Maps of the Holy Lands and The Atlas of Columbus and the Great Discoveries.


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