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the science that maps the general features of the universe

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a representation of the earth or the heavens

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With the Dutch discoveries, beginning with Willem Janszoon's charting of the Gulf of Carpentaria, the true delineations of Australia began to be unveiled, a transition from cosmographic theory to geographic knowledge obtained from actual surveys and landings.
Ethos here is cosmographic "character": it offers itself as graphic demonstration, reading material designed to in-form its readers' own ethoi while alerting them to their inability to read fully and deeply enough to conform to it.
Kingsley's narrator is also a guide of sorts to the reader, for he helps to establish unambiguously the moral and cosmographic rules according to which the quest will proceed.
But while conflict between such ideologies and psychological forces is clearly at work, none really rise to a cosmographic level to become the means by which Alice's progress can be comprehensively measured.
For primary drives, or matrices of perception, we have identified as perennial are the ecological (the eye to the subsistence and security), the cosmographic (apprehending a conceived world-order, its operating agency and structure), the analogical (perceiving structures of similarity and symbolicity), and the technoptic (identifying in visual experience those codes of appearance it has learned in art" (Fitter 2005: 15).
The Shaping of Africa: Cosmographic Discourse and Cartographic Science in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.
Narrative approaches to Satan in Old English are seen to be divorced, to a large extent, from his treatment in homilies (and elsewhere): rather than in the presentation of a psychological rationale of the devil's place in the sins (or resistance thereto) of the individual, Dendle argues that the Old Enemy's main roles in narrative texts are of an ontological, cosmographic type, concerned with the delineation of the place of the devil and devils in the universe, and demonstrative of the desire to contain and delimit them.
There are terrestrial maps, maps of the heavens, of the seas, and in Southeast Asia there are cosmographic maps setting out the journey that the soul has to take in the afterlife, and maps used for divination.
Their cartographers drew on the cosmographic theory of their time and on such little definite geographical information as they were able to glean, mainly from their Iberian rivals, concerning these distant regions.
The latter in particular dazzled me to the extent that I changed my itinerary to permit an extra day of wandering, in what I can only call a state of rapture, in its cosmographic labyrinth; I also witnessed a number of intriguing rituals performed by lay Jains and had interesting conversations with the temple's (Hindu brahman) priests.
The theatre was cosmographic and, to an extent, geographic, in its conceptual character .
In Part I he selects certain texts as the main sources of cosmographic information and the chapter division is according to source: each chapter is a detailed study of all the evidence from a particular text or group of texts.
Now, as to the theme of "away": numerous scholars have taken to the high seas to find in cosmographic works and personal accounts a wealth of disquieting singularities.
Showing how the world comprises a vague, moving ground that undulates between cosmographic space and local landscapes, she discerns in the text a disquieting self-awareness and mobility that emanate from the pictural surroundings of words literally cast into space.