By Sean Roberts
In 1482, the Florentine humanist and statesman Francesco Berlinghieri produced the Geographia, a ebook of over 100 folio leaves describing the realm in Italian verse, encouraged via the traditional Greek geography of Ptolemy. The poem, divided into seven books (one for every day of the week the writer “travels” the recognized world), is interleaved with lavishly engraved maps to accompany readers in this journey.
Sean Roberts demonstrates that the Geographia represents the instant of transition among printing and manuscript tradition, whereas forming a severe base for the increase of contemporary cartography. concurrently, using the Geographia as a diplomatic present from Florence to the Ottoman Empire tells one other tale. This trade expands our figuring out of Mediterranean politics, eu perceptions of the Ottomans, and Ottoman curiosity in mapping and print. The envoy to the Sultan represented the aspirations of the Florentine kingdom, which selected to not bestow another hugely valued sturdy, comparable to the city’s popular textiles, yet as an alternative the simplest instance of what Florentine visible, fabric, and highbrow tradition needed to offer.
“Roberts’s account of Berlinghieri’s highbrow biography is knowledgeable and worthwhile. It uncovers the specified caliber of fifteenth-century geography, and divulges the attribute blend of classical geography, mythology, medieval historical past and legend present in The Seven Days of Geography. His dialogue of the Renaissance reinvention of Ptolemaic mapping displays his understanding of the new paradigm shift within the historical past of cartography and of technology. The previous progressivist imaginative and prescient of heritage and common thought of objectivity has no position in Sean Roberts’s exposition. This ebook has a great opportunity of changing into a vintage at the subject.”—Alessandro Scafi, occasions Literary Supplement
“Through Berlinghieri’s The Seven Days of Geography (1482), Roberts presents a hugely unique specialise in the booklet as fabric artifact and contests triumphing perspectives of its position within the background of geography and cartography. so much compellingly, his account of the publication as a cultural go-between ends up in a critique of types of Italian–Ottoman trade present in early glossy experiences during the last decade.”—Stephen Campbell, John Hopkins University
“Through his meticulous learn of Francesco Berlinghieri’s Geographia, Roberts deftly touches on the most well timed and topical components of contemporary learn within the box of early sleek stories: creative organization, materiality, patronage, print culture—and the character of ‘the Renaissance’ itself.”—Giancarlo Casale, college of Minnesota