The World of Gerard Mercator by Andrew Taylor


The fascinating tale of the great Belgian mapmaker and father of globes.

Mercator skated the thin ice of maintaining proper decorum in a strict religious society. His was a time of reform and of the great voyages and the discovery of the Americas. Mercator was a documenter of the geographical findings of the great explorers of his era.

It was a golden age of mapmaking and Mercator shone in his ability and skill. Accuracy and detail replaced a penchant for creative drawing as the artisan replaced the artist.

Mercator’s globe products became symbols of success and sophistication. The mapmaker was soon rich.

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