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-xxxvi
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 502-563

About this book


Explore the beauty and awe of the heavens through the rich celestial prints and star atlases offered in this third edition book. The author traces the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times, describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases, and relates these notions to our changing ideas about humanity’s place in the universe. Also covered in this book are more contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances.

The text is enriched with 226 images (141 in color) from actual, antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of unique astronomical and cartographic features. This never-before-available hardcover edition includes two new chapters on pictorial style maps and celestial images in art, as well over 50 new images. Additionally, the color plates are now incorporated directly into the text, providing readers with a vibrant, immersive look into the history of star maps.


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

Authors and affiliations

  • Nick Kanas
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  1. 1.Professor EmeritusUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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