Or again," said he, "the author may show himself to be an astronomer, or a skilled cosmographer
, or musician, or one versed in affairs of state, and sometimes he will have a chance of coming forward as a magician if he likes.
This paper reviews the evidence and will draw particular attention to two contemporary or near-contemporary witnesses: one was himself a mapmaker of the Dieppe school, Guillaume Le Testu; the other was a Portuguese cosmographer
who some fifty years later was tasked to discover what was described in his instructions as Meridional India, the Indies south of Java.
He started life as a dancing master but finished as the King's Cosmographer
and Geographic Printer.
By the 1540's, as cosmographer
to the Republic of Venice, he had developed a distinctive style of copper engraving that led to his maps being used as a source by many mapmakers, including Camocio, Bertelli, Forlani, Ramusio, Cock, Luchini and Ortelius.
and teacher of mathematics in Nurnberg, Schoner (1477-1547) made a celestial globe and a terrestrial globe in 1515, and it is the latter that is under study here by independent cartographer Chet Van Duzer.
The title is an allusion to a curious incident recounted by the seventeenth-century cosmographer
18 During the 12th century the cosmographer
Vincent de Beauvais re-opened this debate and argued in favour of the existence of an antipodal land mass on the other side of the Atlantic.
Ogilby was also bestowed with the title "His Majesty's Cosmographer
and Geographick Printer" with an annual salary of pounds 13.
Soon afterwards, in a list of the learned writer-physicians Bullein admires, which includes the Protestant polemicist Turner, the cosmographer
Cuningham, the poet Thomas Phaer, the mathematician Robert Record, and the politician Elyot (sig.
My grandfather traced the family tree and we're descended from Dr John Dee, who was the cosmographer
and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I.
The topographer's landscape-map was a profuse and indefinitely fragmented receptacle of local legends and traditions that were rooted in the vagaries of relief, hidden in the folds of terrain, and readable in toponymy and folklore [analogical and mythological space]; whereas the reticular and geometrical map of the cosmographer
anticipated the conquests and 'discoveries' of the modern age.
18) Landino, in short, makes Dante a more systematic cosmographer
than he actually is.