"Or again," said he, "the author may show himself to be an astronomer, or a skilled cosmographer
, or musician, or one versed in affairs of state, and sometimes he will have a chance of coming forward as a magician if he likes.
Andre Thevet, France's Cosmographer
Royal and former friar, had in fact been there, though for no more than ten weeks (November 1555 to January 1556), most of which he had spent sick in bed; and he wrote with attractive verve of such things as "the maner and custome of living of these Americans, aswell men as women"; "against the opinion of those that thynck the wilde men to be heary [hairy]"; "how these barbarous and wild men put their enimies to death that they have taken in the warres, and howe they eate them"; and "of a byrd named Toucan."(4)
The failure of Magellan's expedition to find the peninsula of Cattigara/India Superior in the vicinity of the Moluccas led the Nuremberg cosmographer
Johannes Schoner to the conclusion that America was that peninsula.
This volume furthers Schlesinger's welcome efforts, begun by his masterful edition, with Arthur Stabler, of Andre Thevet's North America (Kingston, 1986), to make the works of this key French cosmographer
accessible to readers of English.
Two essays raise the question of the role of empirical observation in critical evaluation of occultist claims: Frank Lestringant in a study of a critic of alchemy, the cosmographer
Jacques Gohory, and Ulrich Neumann on the alchemist Michael Maier.
Johann Schoner (1477-1547) was a German cosmographer
and mathematician who from 1526 held the position of professor of mathematics at the Aegidianum Gymnasium in Nuremberg.
But employment as a cosmographer
was an entirely novel pursuit, invested with the brilliance of new discoveries." (48) Monachus' patron was Joannes Carondelet, Archbishop of Palermo and President of the Privy Council of the Low Countries and an advisor to Margaret.
4) "[I]n his day [Eredia was] probably the leading cartographer, cosmographer
, geographer and mathematician in East Asia." (Peters, 2003, 32).
(37) The Franco-Portuguese navigator and cosmographer
, Jean Alfonse identified Java Minor as an island in his work of 1544, La Cosmographie but according to him Java Major was part of the continent of Terra Australis, which extended as far as the Antarctic Pole and the Strait of Magellan.
In 1518, Magellan and his colleague, the cosmographer
Rui Faleiro, who would later back out of the expedition, made their way to the court of the Spanish King Charles I.
The truth is that "All the theory in the world" cannot teach you to make a shoe, "not even the heel of a boot." No armchair cosmographer
, "having studied fifty years in books," even if he possessed "maps of all regions and the chronometer, the compass and astronomical instruments," would dare to sail the world.
Other highlights in this section include a Portuguese six-fold screen map and an illustrated globe by Italian cosmographer