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NEWPORT, R.I. - The Naval War College Press is pleased to present the online winter 2012 issue of the Naval War College Review.  A print version will be available in January.

Cover image of Winter 2012 Naval War College Review: Orbis terrae compendiosa descriptio, a double-hemisphere projection first published in 1569 by the famous Flemish cartographer Gerhardus Mercator 1512–94, famous for the eponymous global projection widely used today for, especially, nautical charts. This version was engraved by his son Rumold (1545–99) and issued in 1587.In this issue:

The Naval War College Review was established in 1948 and is a forum for discussion of public policy matters of interest to the maritime services. The forthright and candid views of the authors are presented for the professional education of the readers. Articles published are related to the academic and professional activities of the Naval War College. They are drawn from a wide variety of sources in order to inform, stimulate, and challenge readers, and to serve as a catalyst for new ideas. Articles are selected primarily on the basis of their intellectual and literary merits, timeliness, and usefulness and interest to a wide readership. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Navy  or the Naval War College.
 

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Orbis terrae compendiosa descriptio, a double-hemisphere projection first published in 1569 by the famous Flemish cartographer Gerhardus Mercator 1512–94, famous for the eponymous global projection widely used today for, especially, nautical charts. This version was engraved by his son Rumold (1545–99) and issued in 1587.

The map is one thirty rare maps of similarly high technical and aesthetic value exhibited in “Envisioning the World: The Earliest Printed Maps, 1472 to 1700.” The exhibit, organized by the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, California, is drawn from the collection of Henry and Holly Wendt. It is now on display at the Naval War College Museum, where it can be seen until 30 November 2011. For further information, visit www.envisioningtheworld.com/

The image is reproduced by the kind permission of the Sonoma County Museum and with the assistance of the Naval War College Museum.
 
From Naval War College Press
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy