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  1. Syd Syd says:

    I picked up this book for a geography project on the Carta Marina and couldn't return it without reading the whole thing A delightful voyage through a historical landscape caught up between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance The book ties together cartography history mythology and marine biology The illustrations are of course breathtaking I only wish Nigg had addressed the terrestrial part of the map as well


  2. Lynn Lynn says:

    Today's post is on Sea Monsters A Voyage Around the World's Most Beguiling Map by Joseph Nigg It is 159 pages long including and index The cover is a picture of the map that the book is about The intended reader is someone who is interested in history sea monsters and maps There is no language no sex and no violence in this book The story of the map is told in third person There Be Spoilers AheadFrom the dust jacket Smart phones and GPS give us many possible routes to navigate out daily commute warn us of traffic problems and delays and tell us where to find a cup of coffee But what if there were sea serpents and giant man eating lobsters waiting just off course if we were to lose our way? Would there be an app for that? In the sixteenth century these and other monster were thought to swim the northern water threatening seafarers who ventured too far from shore Thankfully Scandinavian mariners had Oluas Magnus who in 1539 charted these fantastic marine animals in his influential map of the Nordic countries the Carta Marina In Sea Monsters well known exert on magical beast Joseph Niggs bring readers face to face with these creatures alongside the other magnificent component of Magnus's mapNearly two meters wide in total the map’s nine wood block panels comprise the largest and first realistic portrayal of Northern Europe But in addition to these important geographic elements Magnus’s map goes beyond cartography to scenes both domestic and mystic Close to shore Magnus shows humans interacting with common sea life—boats struggling to stay afloat merchants trading children swimming and fisherman pulling lines But from the offshore deeps rise some of the most magical and terrifying sea creatures imaginable at the time or thereafter—like sea swine whales as large as islands and the Kraken In this book Nigg provides a thorough tour of the map’s cartographic details as well as a colorful look at its unusual pictorial and imaginative elements He draws on Magnus’s own text to further describe and illuminate the inventive scenes and to flesh out the stories of the monstersSea Monsters is a stunning tour of a world that still holds many secrets for us land dwellers who will forever be fascinated by reports of giant suid and the real life creatures of the deep that have proven to be as bizarre and otherworldly as we have imagined for centuries It is a gorgeous guide for enthusiasts of maps monsters and the mythicReview Very scholarly and at times that kills how much fun this book could be Nigg knows his maps and his monsters but he really needs someone to better edit his work This was not an easy book to read When he was talking about the history of monsters it was okay but his writing style is just not very easy to read I wanted to really get into this book and geek out over the beautiful map and the cool monsters but that was just not happening That say if you have a scholarly bend than I do you should really like this book Nigg's research is good with notes and other references to help learn about the map monsters and others maps in general He just needed someone to help him edit his work for a general readerI give this book a Three out of Five stars I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library


  3. Nostalgia Reader Nostalgia Reader says:

    35 stars but rounded up to 4 mostly because of the dust jacket folding out into a repro of the Carta MarinaThe background info on the map overall was excellent but some of the essays on the creatures did seem a bit stretched for info vague or repetitive However the general history of the entire thing is too awesome not to give really any less than 35 starsSearching and finding all the keys on the overall map was epic fun and it made me wish that the book focused on all of the keys on all sections of the map and not just the sea monsters There were some gems on land as well as in the seaMy favorite key doesn't have a fancy illustration with it but does have an amazing description In C m Marten sable ermine different kinds of suirrels everywhere an enormous number of beavers


  4. Laura Bang Laura Bang says:

    A paper voyage through the sea monster infested waters of Olaus Magnus's 16th century Carta marina A fun book with a great layout The inside of the dustjacket folds out into a reproduction of the map but since I borrowed my copy from a library there was no jacket You can find a reproduction online of course and it's great to be able to see a high res scan but it would have been neat to have a paper copy to pore over too


  5. Summer Summer says:

    Finally focused on it long enough to finishThis feels like a reference book than anything so it definitely got tedious I have a plethora of new resources to check out though and I was able to take a lot of notes on different sea monsters and their traits and some of their allegorical purposes


  6. David Becker David Becker says:

    Vastly entertaining and handsomely illustrated survey of one of the most influential maps in history Even so a grand tribute of the human tendency to spackle gaps in knowledge with grand speculation Hence ducks that grow on trees


  7. Andrea Chatman Andrea Chatman says:

    This book is a must have for collectors of old maps and sea monster lore The cover folds out into a copy of what was the first map that most of the ancient drawings are based on Based on the tales of sailors and cross referenced with today's science


  8. Mir Mir says:

    The Carta Marina is fabulousThis book has good uality reproductions and some interesting information albeit not the most exciting prose style However Nigg didn't seem to have enough material to fill a full length hardback; there is lots of wasted space with blank pages and the same details from the map being reproduced multiple times Unless you have a particularly keen interest or can get this from the library I think you might as well just look at the picture online and read the wikipedia entry


  9. Kristin Kristin says:

    I loved this Was so sad to have it recalled to the library before I could finish


  10. Philip Boyes Philip Boyes says:

    Beautifully illustrated which is the main point but the scholarship's not the most insightful ever More depth would be nice but as a coffee table book it's very nice


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Sea Monsters ❮Download❯ ➾ Sea Monsters ➹ Author Joseph Nigg – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Smart phones and GPS give us many possible routes to navigate our daily commute warn us of traffic and delays and tell us where to find a cup of coffee But what if there were sea serpents and giant ma Smart phones and GPS give us many possible routes to navigate our daily commute warn us of traffic and delays and tell us where to find a cup of coffee But what if there were sea serpents and giant man eating lobsters waiting just off course if we were to lose our way Would there be an app for that In the sixteenth century these and other monsters were thought to swim the northern waters threatening seafarers who ventured too far from shore Thankfully Scandinavian mariners had Olaus Magnus who in charted these fantastic marine animals in his influential map of the Nordic countries the Carta Marina In Sea Monsters well known expert on magical beasts Joseph Nigg brings readers face to face with these creatures alongside the other magnificent components of Magnus’s mapNearly two meters wide in total the map’s nine wood block panels comprise the largest and first realistic portrayal of Northern Europe But in addition to these important geographic elements Magnus’s map goes beyond cartography to scenes both domestic and mystic Close to shore Magnus shows humans interacting with common sea life—boats struggling to stay afloat merchants trading children swimming and fisherman pulling lines But from the offshore deeps rise some of the most magical and terrifying sea creatures imaginable at the time or thereafter—like sea swine whales as large as islands and the Kraken In this book Nigg provides a thorough tour of the map’s cartographic details as well as a colorful look at its unusual pictorial and imaginative elements He draws on Magnus’s own text to further describe and illuminate the inventive scenes and to flesh out the stories of the monsters Sea Monsters is a stunning tour of a world that still holds many secrets for us land dwellers who will forever be fascinated by reports of giant suid and the real life creatures of the deep that have proven to be as bizarre and otherworldly as we have imagined for centuries It is a gorgeous guide for enthusiasts of maps monsters and the mythic.