• Sky Atlas: The Greatest Maps, Myths & Discoveries of the Universe

    Sky Atlas: The Greatest Maps, Myths & Discoveries of the Universe
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    ISBN: 9781471178931
    Title: Sky Atlas: The Greatest Maps, Myths & Discoveries of the Universe
    Author: BROOKE-HITCHING EDWARD

    After the enormous international success of The Phantom Atlas and The Golden Atlas, Edward Brooke-Hitching's stunning new book unveils some of the most beautiful maps and charts ever created during mankind's quest to map the& skies above us.&

    This richly illustrated treasury& showcases the finest examples of celestial cartography - a glorious genre of map-making often overlooked by modern map books - as well as medieval manuscripts, masterpiece paintings, ancient star catalogues, antique instruments and other appealing curiosities.

    This is the sky as it has never been presented before: the realm of stars and planets, but also of gods, devils, weather wizards, flying sailors, medieval aliens, mythological animals and rampaging spirits. The reader is taken on a tour of star-obsessed cultures around the world, learning about Tibetan sky burials, star-covered Inuit dancing coats,& Mongolian astral prophets& and Sir William Herschel's 1781 discovery of Uranus, the first planet to be found since antiquity.& Even stranger& are the& forgotten stories from European history, like the English belief of the Middle Ages& in& ships that sailed a sea above the clouds, 16th-century German UFO sightings and the Edwardian aristocrat who mistakenly mapped alien-made canals on the surface of Mars.

    As the intricacies of our universe are today being revealed with unprecedented clarity, there has never been a better time for a highly readable book as beautiful as the night sky to contextualise the scale of these achievements for the general reader.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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