Published in 2007 by Prometheus Books. Illustrated with black and white photographs, and end papers depicting old maps. Includes chapter notes, bibliography and an extensive index.
In 1507, a German cartographer created a world map that, for the first time, included the continental landmasses in the Western Hemisphere, discovered within the 15 previous years. He inserted the name "America" on the southern continent, honouring Amerigo Vespucci, who had erroneously been credited with setting foot on South American soil before Christopher Columbus.
With the aid of the newly invented printing press, the name "America" became the accepted designation of land in the New World. In a colourful narrative that reads like a good mystery, Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz brings to life the amazing history of America's "baptismal certificate." Since its creation the Waldseemuller World Map of 1507 has been surrounded by intrigues and controversies. Schwartz's compelling story, which includes many amazing twists and turns, also features cameo appearances by Alexander von Humboldt, Washington Irving, Frederic Chopin, George Sand, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ogden Nash, J. Pierpont Morgan, Paul Mellon, and German Chancellors Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schroder.
In very good condition throughout.
Signed dedication by the Author on the rear of the front end paper, the dedication is addressed to Sir David Weatherall, a British physician and researcher in molecular genetics, haematology, pathology and clinical medicine.