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The Book of Michael of Rhodes

A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript

contributions by Faith Wallis; Dieter Blume; Pamela O. Long; Franco Rossi; David McGee; Piero Falchetta; Raffaella Franci; Alan M. Stahl & Mauro Bondioli

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published: June 2009
ISBN:9780262123082
publisher: The MIT Press
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Essays explore the world of Michael of Rhodes, examining the historical context, the discovery of his manuscript, and Michael's knowledge of mathematics, shipbuilding, navigation, and other topics.

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. In volume 3, nine experts, including the editors, discuss the manuscript, its historical context, and its scholarly importance. Their essays examine the Venetian maritime world of the fifteenth century, Michael's life, the discovery of the manuscript, the mathematics in the book, the use of illustration, the navigational directions, Michael's knowledge of shipbuilding in the Venetian context, and the manuscript's extensive calendrical material.

About the Authors

Faith Wallis

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Dieter Blume

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Pamela O. Long is an independent historian who has published widely in medieval and Renaissance history of science and technology.
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Pamela O. Long is an independent historian who has published widely in medieval and Renaissance history of science and technology.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Alan M. Stahl is a medieval historian specializing in Venice and is Curator of Numismatics at Princeton University. McGee, Stahl, and Long are codirectors of the Michael of Rhodes project.
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Alan M. Stahl is a medieval historian specializing in Venice and is Curator of Numismatics at Princeton University. McGee, Stahl, and Long are codirectors of the Michael of Rhodes project.
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18 to 100
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Awards
  • , <PrizeName>2011 Eugene S. Ferguson Prize, presented by the Society for the History of Technology</PrizeName>
  • , <PrizeName>2011 J. Franklin Jameson Prize, presented by the American Historical Association</PrizeName>
Editorial Review

[A] fascinating document concerning the life, interests, and skills of an early modern sailor.

Journal of Folklore Research

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