California: Mapping the Golden State through History: Rare and Unusual Maps from the Library of Congress

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A stirring trip through the history of the Golden State through gloriously detailed, fascinating maps from the Library of Congress

 

- 50 full-color historical maps from the Library of Congress

- Informative captions on each map’s origins

- Essays by California author Ray Jones on how maps reflect the history, culture, and sensibilities of the state and its residents through time

- A foreword by Vincent Virga describing the library’s ...

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Overview

A stirring trip through the history of the Golden State through gloriously detailed, fascinating maps from the Library of Congress

 

- 50 full-color historical maps from the Library of Congress

- Informative captions on each map’s origins

- Essays by California author Ray Jones on how maps reflect the history, culture, and sensibilities of the state and its residents through time

- A foreword by Vincent Virga describing the library’s collection and the state’s maps

 

About Mapping States Through History

This is the first series to assemble—in full color, state-by-state—an in-depth collection of rare, historically significant maps of the cities, states, counties, towns, and events that make up each of America’s fifty states. Produced in collaboration with the Library of Congress and edited by renowned photo editor and author Vincent Virga, these books offer a glimpse into the history of the United States through the maps and their narrative captions. Each map thus becomes a virtual time machine that tells us much about the places we live in today. Compelling historical essays by a local writer complement Virga’s foreword to further help weave the cartographic record into a drama of settlement and change.

 

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Vincent Virga, who has been called "America's foremost picture editor," and California history writer Ray Jones combine in this attractive addition to Globe Pequot's state historical map series. Each hardcover series displays the development of the subject state through rare full-color historical maps from the collections of the Library of Congress. With its narrative captions, superlative maps, short essays, and pleasing price, California: Mapping the Golden State through History qualifies as an invaluable, affordable family reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762745302
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Series: Mapping the States through History Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,408,161
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent Virga has been called “America’s foremost picture editor.” He is the coauthor of Eyes of the Nation and the author of Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations, produced in cooperation with the Library of Congress. 

Ray Jones is the author or coauthor of numerous books on history and travel, including Lighthouses of California and American Lighthouses (both Globe Pequot).

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