One of the most beautiful maps to survive the Great Age of
Discoveries, the 1513 world map drawn by Ottoman admiral Piri Reis
is also one of the most mysterious. Gregory McIntosh has uncovered
new evidence in the map that shows it to be among the most
important ever made.
This detailed study offers new commentary and explication of a
major milestone in cartography. Correcting earlier work of Paul
Kahle and pointing out the traps that have caught subsequent
scholars, McIntosh disproves the dubious conclusion that the Reis
map embodied Columbus's Third Voyage map of 1498, showing that it
draws instead on the Second Voyage of 1493-1496. He also refutes
the popular misinterpretation that Reis's depictions of Antarctica
are evidence of either ancient civilizations or extraterrestrial
visitation. McIntosh brings together all that has been previously
known about the map and also assembles for the first time the
translations of all inscriptions on the map and analyzes all
place-names given for New World and Atlantic islands. His work
clarifies long-standing mysteries and opens up new ways of looking
at the history of exploration.
Subjects: History, Technology
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