Star Maps

History, Artistry, and Cartography

  • Nick Kanas

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 519-528

About this book


Star Maps captures the beauty and awe of the heavens through celestial prints and star atlases. It traces the history of celestial cartography and relates this history to the changing ideas of humanity's place in the universe. The text of this Second Edition is enriched with 263 photographs, 91 in color, showing images from actual antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of its astronomical and cartographic features.

This new edition of Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography includes:

- over 50 new pages of text and 44 new images (16 in color)
- completely new sections on celestial frontispieces, deep-sky objects, playing card maps, additional cartographers, and modern computerized star maps
- updated figures and text about celestial globes, volvelles, telescopes, and planets and asteroids
- revised and updated text and illustrations throughout.

The book focuses on the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times and describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases. It demonstrates contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances. Uniquely, it contains material on early American influences and non-European constellation representations. This book is a must-have reference for anyone interested in the workings of the heavens.


Ancient cosmology Antiquarian celestial maps Celestial cartography Celestial maps Constellation figures Contemporary cosmological systems History of star maps Sky map artistry Star atlas Star maps explained

Authors and affiliations

  • Nick Kanas
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  1. 1.School of Medicine, Dept. PsychiatryUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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