Contents of the book include an Introductory Essay; Waldseemuller's World Map and Globe: A New View of the World; Notes and References; Translation of the Cosmographiae Introductio; Appendix; Translators Notes and References, and Further Reading.
John W. Hessler is a member of the Collections Management Team of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. He has published extensively on the history of mathematical and planetary cartography, and is the author of articles relating to the Waldseemuller Map Corpus. His current research focuses on the study of geometrical and axiomatic methods in Ptolemy's cartographic and astronomical works, especially the Mathematica Syntaxis.
"Hessler's nuanced translation brings to life this dynamic period of cartographic history...[and] the presentation, graphic aesthetic and accessibility of the text will make this a favourite for general readers, as well, and should be on the wish list of everyone interested in early American history and cartography" Marguerite Ragnow, Imago Mundi
"Both a scholarly treatise and a book anyone would purchase to remember the cornerstone map" Peter J. Porrazzo, The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society "A scholarly affair, impeccably printed" Elinor Teele, California Literary Review "Hessler provides the first published translation of the map's text blocks" Washington Post