Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
D'Anville challenged mapmaking of his era
Detail of d'Anville's map of China.
It is the birthday of French mapmaker Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697), who is credited with creating a revolution in the cartography and geography fields by challenging existing perceptions of his era about world geography and remapping vast areas, including China and the countries of pre-Christian civilization such as Egypt and Greece. Unlike his predecessors who creatively invented what they did not know, d'Anville simply left blank areas for which there was no documented information. He also wrote extensively about his source material, a practice unprecedented at the time. D'Anville produced 211 maps and some 78 dissertations and memoirs. He served as first geographer to the king of France.
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