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Book of Michael of Rhodes, Volume 1: Facsimile (Hardback)

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Society & Culture

Imprint: MIT Press
Pages: 534
Illustrations: col illus
ISBN: 9780262135030
Published: 31st July 2009
Casemate UK Academic

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In the fifteenth century, a Venetian mariner, Michael of Rhodes, wrote and illustrated a text describing his experiences in the Venetian merchant and military fleets. He included a treatise on commercial mathematics and treatments of contemporary shipbuilding practices, navigation, calendrical systems, and astrological ideas. This manuscript, "lost," or at least in unknown hands for over 400 years, has never been published or translated in its entirety until now. Volume 1 is a facsimile of the manuscript, reproduced in full color. The text is written out by hand and beautifully illustrated (probably at least in part by Michael himself), featuring color diagrams and illustrations of naval architecture, original drawings of astrological signs, calendrical charts, and a coat of arms Michael devised for himself.

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