The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and The Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name - Toby LesterLondon: Profile Books, 2009, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Appendix;
From the cover: “For millennia, humans believed that the world consisted of three parts — Europe, Africa and Asia — but occasionally they talked about the existence of a ‘fourth part of the world’, a mysterious place, separated from the rest by a vast expanse of ocean.
It was a land of myth — until 1507, when Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann, two obscure scholars working in the French Alps, made it a reality. After reading about the Atlantic discoveries of Amerigo Vespucci, they came to a startling conclusion: he had travelled to the fourth part of the world. To celebrate his achievement, they printed a huge map, for the first time showing the New World surrounded by water and distinct from Asia, and in Vespucci’s honour they named this new land ‘America’.
A thrilling saga of geographical and intellectual exploration, daring thinkers and epic voyages, The Fourth Part of the World reveals the strands of ancient legend, classical learning and imperial ambitions that contribute to this map’s extraordinary history. Sweeping across continents and centuries, following Marco Polo, Columbus, Copernicus and many more on their journeys of discovery, Toby Lester brings to life the beautiful and fascinating document whose profound influence has been neglected for centuries but which changed forever the worldview of all humankind.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with White titling to the Spine. [XII] 462 pages.