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A Source Book in Geography

Edited by George Kish

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$139.00 • £120.95 • €126.95

ISBN 9780674822702

Publication Date: 09/08/1978


474 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 map, 2 line illustrations

Source Books in the History of the Sciences


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  • The Beginnings
    • 1. The Lord speaks to Job on man and his world
    • 2. Ezekiel describes the commerce of Tyre
    • 3. Hesiod on the seasons
    • 4. Hesiod on the winds
  • Early Greek Geography
    • 5. Thales’ views of a floating earth
    • 6. Anaximander considers the earth; he offers an explanation for wind and rain, thunder and lightning
    • 7. Anaxagoras on the shape of the earth, eclipses, and atmospheric phenomena
    • 8. The Pythagoreans: Philolaus and Parmenides
    • 9. Xenophanes on the origin of fossils
  • Periplus and Periegesis: Greek Maritime Writings
    • 10. Hanno reports on West Africa, Himilco on the Atlantic
    • 11. A periplus of the Mediterranean: Greek sailing directions
    • 12. A periegesis: Dionysius on Mediterranean
  • From the Geographical Writings of Plato and Aristotle
    • 13. Socrates explains the nature of the earth
    • 14. Plato on the fate of Atlantis
    • 15. Aristotle on the cosmos and the oikumene
    • 16. Aristotle considers the city-state
    • 17. Aristotle discusses water and dry land, world views and maps, earthquakes and their causes
  • Hippocrates of Cos: An Early Environmentalist
    • 18. Hippocrates on the effects of the environment
  • Greek Heliocentric Theory
    • 19. Aristarchus of Samos: the first heliocentric theory
  • Greek Travelers’ Reports
    • 20. Herodotus describes the Royal Road of Persia, the Caspian Sea, Egypt, Libya, and the land of the Scythians
    • 21. Xenophon on western Asia
    • 22. An early description of southernmost Persia
    • 23. Pytheas of Marseille on northern Europe
    • 24. Megasthenes describes India
  • Geography in the Hellenistic Age
    • 25. Eratosthenes measures the earth
    • 26. From the writings of Hipparchus
    • 27. Posidonius on the size of the earth on zones
    • 28. Polybius describes the Black Sea and Italy
    • 29. Strabo: the summing up of Greek geography
    • 30. Ptolemy on the field of geography and on divisions of the earth
  • Latin Encyclopedists
    • 31. Pliny: from the Natural History
    • 32. Varro on soils
    • 33. Pomponius Mela on the earth, on Europe, and on Africa
    • 34. Solinus describes Italy, Thrace, the Hyperboreans; the crocodile, China, and India
    • 35. Macrobius: a late Roman geographer
  • Landscape in Latin Prose and Poetry
    • 36. A victorious general reports: Caesar on Gaul, Britain, and Germany
    • 37. Vergil on the Creation, on zones of the earth, and on winds
    • 38. Horace describes the Italian landscape
    • 39. Tacitus on Germany, Britain, and Judaea
  • Christian Geography
    • 40. The Bordeaux Itinerary: a pilgrim’s guide to the Holy Land
    • 41. Bishop Eucherius on the holy places
    • 42. The Christian Topography of Cosmas Indicopleustes
    • 43. The Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville: an early Christian encyclopedia
    • 44. Britain in the eighth century: the Venerable Bede on the situation of Britain and Ireland
    • 45. From Dicuil’s De mensura orbis terrae
    • 46. Ohthere’s report on northernmost Europe
  • Geography in the Byzantine Empire
    • 47. Procopius describes Byzantium and the waterway leading to it
    • 48. Constantine VII describes the great water road of Russia, the trade routes of the Byzantine Empire, and the city of Venice
  • The Norse Contribution
    • 49. An Arab ambassador among the Norsemen: the report of Ibn Fadhlan
    • 50. Adam of Bremen on “the northern islands”
    • 51. The sagas: Norse discoveries in North America
    • 52. The King’s Mirror: a medieval handbook on the northern lands
  • Moslem Geography
    • 53. Al-Muqaddasi: a geographer’s experiences in pursuit of knowledge
    • 54. Ibn Hauqal on the world of Islam and the lands beyond it
    • 55. Ibn Hauqal on Spain, the Byzantine lands, and Sicily
    • 56. Al-Masudi on the earth and its inhabitable portion; on Syria, Egypt, and Iraq
    • 57. Al-Biruni on the determination of longitude
    • 58. Al-Biruni reflects on the geography of earlier times
    • 59. Ibn Khordadbeh describes Byzantium, some trade routes, and the divisions of the inhabitable world
    • 60. Al-Muqaddasi on Tiberias, Iraq, and Kairouan
    • 61. Idrisi on the cities and countries of the Christian and Moslem worlds
    • 62. Al-Dimashqi on the divisions of the world and on the stone called emery
    • 63. Ibn Battuta: his travels
    • 64. Ibn Khaldun on geography
  • Revival of Geography in the West
    • 65. Robert Grosseteste on the heat of the sun
    • 66. John of Holywood (Sacrobosco) on the sphere
  • Enlarging Horizons by Travel
    • 67. Directions to cross the sea
    • 68. Marco Polo on Asia and its marvels
    • 69. John of Plano Carpini: a Franciscan papal ambassador journeys to the Mongol court
    • 70. William of Rubruck, ambassador of the King of France, on Mongolia
    • 71. John of Monte Corvino, first archbishop of Peking, on the Nestorian Christians and the Tartar Empire
    • 72. Pegolotti’s advice to merchants traveling to Asia
    • 73. Nicolò Conti on India in the early 1400s
    • 74. Mandeville’s Travels: notes of an armchair geographer
  • Physical Geography in the Later Middle Ages
    • 75. Giraldus Cambrensis on Ireland and Wales
    • 76. Roger Bacon on the shape of the universe and the size of the earth; on the Nile and on China
    • 77. Albert the Great on the nature of places
  • Geographical Writings of the Age of Discovery
    • 78. Waldseemüller’s Cosmography: the state of the art in 1507
    • 79. Zurara on the early Portuguese voyages to western Africa
    • 80. Camoens’ poetic description of da Gama’s voyage to India
    • 81. Toscanelli on sailing westward to the Indies
    • 82. Columbus describes the first glimpse of the West Indies
    • 83. Columbus describes his first voyage to America: the formal report to Ferdinand and Isabella
    • 84. Waldseemüller names the New World “America&rdqo;
    • 85. Pigafetta on the first circumnavigation of the earth
    • 86. Roger Barlow, first Englishman to sail to South America, reports on the New World
    • 87. From Hakluyt’s Voyages
    • 88. William Bourne presents the basic rules of navigation to his fellow seamen
    • 89. Captain James Cook: secret orders from the Admiralty and his description of New South Wales
  • German Geographers of the Sixteenth Century
    • 90. Barthel Stein gives an inaugural lecture on geography
    • 91. Gemma Frisius describes a new method to determine longitude
    • 92. Peter Apianus on Asia and America
    • 93. From the Cosmography of Sebastian Münster
    • 94. Josias Simler describes glaciers and avalanches
    • 95. Leonhart Rauwolf on the lands, peoples, and plants of the Near East
  • The Beginnings of Modern Geography: The Seventeenth Century
    • 96. A geography textbook by Cluverius
    • 97. Conrad Gessner contemplates the Alps
    • 98. From the Geographia Generalis of Bernardus Varenius
  • Eighteenth Century Concepts of Geography
    • 99. Buffon on the history of the earth, on earthquakes, and on the different races
    • 100. The Lapland journey of Linnaeus
    • 101. Buache’s “Framework of the Earth”
    • 102. Polycarp Leyser on geography and history
    • 103. Johann Michael Franz defines the state geographer
    • 104. Johann Gottfried von Herder on the charm and necessity of the study of geography
    • 105. Anton Friedrich Büsching on geography
    • 106. Albrecht von Haller on the vertical zoning of vegetation
  • Measuring the Earth
    • 107. Maupertuis on the dimensions of the earth
  • Immanuel Kant, Geographer
    • 108. From the geographical writings of Kant
  • The Founders of Modern Geography: Humboldt and Ritter
    • 109. Humboldt on “geognosy”
    • 110. From Humboldt’s “Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America”
    • 111. Jefferson asks for Humboldt’s views on the American West
    • 112. From Humboldt’s Kosmos
    • 113. From Humboldt’s Aspects of Nature
    • 114. Ritter’s method of organization in geography
    • 115. Ritter on the contrasts between the land and water hemispheres
    • 116. From Ritter’s introduction to general comparative geography
    • 117. From Ritter’s Earth Science
    • 118. Ritter’s “Remarks on Form and Numbers as Auxiliary in Representing the Relations of Geographical Spaces”
    • 119. Robert Dickinson on Ritter’s main geographical concepts
  • Chinese Geographical Writings
    • 120. From The Tribute of Yü: an early Chinese work on geography
    • 121. Fa’Hsien, a Chinese Buddhist, travels to the land of the Buddha
    • 122. Hsüan-Chang, a Chinese pilgrim, on Indian cosmography and on the lands and people of southern Asia
    • 123. Chau Ju-Kua on Chinese overseas trade
  • Index

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