The Book of Michael of Rhodes, Volume 1 - Facsimile

The Book of Michael of Rhodes, Volume 1 - Facsimile

A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript

Edited by David McGee

With Pamela O. Long and Alan M. Stahl

The facsimile of a hand-lettered and illustrated manuscript by a fifteenth-century Venetian seaman, reproduced in full color and published for the first time.

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Summary

The facsimile of a hand-lettered and illustrated manuscript by a fifteenth-century Venetian seaman, reproduced in full color and published for the first time.

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.

Hardcover

$69.00 X ISBN: 9780262135030 534 pp. | 8 in x 10 in 48 illus.

Editors

David McGee

David McGee, formerly Research Associate and Head of Secondary Acquisitions at the Dibner Institute's Burndy Library, is an independent scholar, working recently with the Canadian Science and Technology Museum.

Contributors

Pamela O. Long and Alan M. Stahl.

Endorsements

  • The Book of Michael of Rhodes provides a remarkable glimpse into the individual life of a mariner the harsh conditions of his service at sea the material conditions of Venetian trade the making of knowledge in Renaissance culture and the fraught process for a vernacular author of transforming his lived experience into the written word. This collection is a marvel.

    Pamela H. Smith

    Department of History, Columbia University

Awards

  • 2011 Eugene S. Ferguson Prize, presented by the Society for the History of Technology
  • 2011 J. Franklin Jameson Prize, presented by the American Historical Association