Many illustrators developed clean, book-friendly replicas by transcribing the map's key elements at a smaller, more manageable scale and adding labels describing its larger blocks of text. Full-size, eighteen-sheet facsimiles afford a more realistic impression of Mercator's attention to detail. For scholars concerned with a map's lines and labels, an accessible black-and-white facsimile is often more valuable than a rare hand-colored print ensconced in a distant library. Mercator knew about loxodromic spirals as early as 1541, when he included a multitude of these curved lines of constant direction on his famous terrestrial globe. Although Mercator demonstrated the projection's look and use, Wright made the secret of its construction readily available to other mapmakers.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.