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The Fourth Part of the World : An Astonishing Epic of Global Discovery, Imperial Ambition, and the Birth of America (Paperback)

Author: Lester, Toby

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"Almost unbearably thrilling. An elegant and thoughtful account. Lester's is a masterly talent."---Simon Winchester, author of The Map That Changed the world

"One of this year's most captivating and richly detailed histories."---Seattle News Tribune

The Earth is divided into three parts, one of which is called Asia, the second Europe, the third Africa.... Apart from these three parts of the world there exists a fourth part, beyond the ocean, which is unknown to us.---Isidore of Seville, Etymologies (c. 600 A.D.)

Here is the remarkable saga of medieval Europeans exploring and imagining their way toward a new understanding of the globe. Prize-winning author Toby Lester tells the tale by deftly decoding one of the most extraordinary maps of all time: the Waldseemuller map of 1507. Often described as America's birth certificate, the map introduced Europeans to the New World and gave this strange new place a name: America. Lester sweeps kaleidoscopically over the map to reveal the characters, discoveries, and social forces that gave us our modern worlview. Beautifully written, vividly told, full of surprises, and peopled with such outsized thinkers and explorers as Marco Polo, Petrarch, Columbus, Vespucci, and Copernicus, The Fourth Part of the World is a dazzlingly rich journey that will forever change the way you see the world around you.

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Publisher Free Pr
Mfg Part# 9781416535348
SKU 214104064
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1416535349
Release Date 7/6/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0462
Publisher Free Press

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