The True Description of Cairo: A Sixteenth-Century Venetian View by Nicholas WarnerThe True Description of Cairo: A Sixteenth-Century Venetian View by Nicholas Warner

The True Description of Cairo: A Sixteenth-Century Venetian View

byNicholas Warner

Hardcover | May 18, 2006

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In 1549 a Venetian print maker, Matteo Pagano, published a large woodblock print of an aerial view of the city of Cairo; it was accompanied by a Latin text ('Descriptio Alcahirae') attributed to the orientalist scholar, Guillaume Postel. The depiction of the city is sufficiently accurate topermit a detailed interpretation of the city to be made, and it remained the standard western representation of this fabled eastern city for the next 250 years. Nicholas Warner provides a context for Pagano's view of Cairo, a translation of Postel's text, and a commentary on the contents of the print itself in addition to the accompanying narrative. An index of subsequent revisions, and a superbly produced enhanced facsimile of the view itself isincluded. Volume 1 (208 pages) includes 36 large colour plates, 5 black-and-white plates, and a modern facsimile of the original Latin text 'Descriptio Alchiriae' Volume 2 (208 pages) includes a modern facsimile of the original Latin text 'Descripto Alcahirae', and 68 black-and-white images, all details of the view Volume 3 - the view of Cairo - is a 'modern facsimile' of the original view i.e. with blemishes etc removed, packed in a slip case. It is the same size as the original, and folds out in a similr manner to an ordnance survey map. Printed in two colours to match the original.
Nicholas Warner is an architect trained at Cambridge University, UK, and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He came to Egypt in 1992 to conduct research on the Islamic Architecture of Cairo. Since then he has participated in, or directed, a number of projects related to the documentation, preservation, and presentati...
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Title:The True Description of Cairo: A Sixteenth-Century Venetian ViewFormat:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 12.6 × 9.45 × 3.17 inPublished:May 18, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0197144063

ISBN - 13:9780197144060

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