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Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations

by Vincent Virga, James H. Billington (Afterword), Ronald E. Grim (Introduction), Library of Congress
 


CARTOGRAPHIA offers a stunning array of 200 of the most beautiful, important, and fascinating maps in existence, from the world's largest cartographic collection, at the Library of Congress. These maps show how our idea of the world has shifted and grown over time, and each map tells its own unique story about nations, politics, and ambitions. The chosen

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CARTOGRAPHIA offers a stunning array of 200 of the most beautiful, important, and fascinating maps in existence, from the world's largest cartographic collection, at the Library of Congress. These maps show how our idea of the world has shifted and grown over time, and each map tells its own unique story about nations, politics, and ambitions. The chosen images, with their accompanying stories, introduce the reader to an exciting new way of "reading" maps as travelogues—-living history from the earliest of man's imaginings about planet earth to our current attempts at charting cyberspace.


Among the rare gems included in the book are the Waldseemuller Map of the World from 1507, the first to include the designation "America"; pages from the Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570, considered the first modern atlas; rare maps from Africa, Asia, and Oceania that challenge traditional Western perspectives; William Faulkner's hand-drawn 1936 map of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi; and even a map of the Human Genome. In an oversized format, with gorgeous four-color reproductions throughout, Catrographia will appeal to collectors, historians, and anyone looking for a perfect gift.

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A visual feast for collectors, historians, and art lovers, these exquisite full-color maps from the cartographic collection of the Library of Congress offer dramatic proof of changes -- both subtle and startling -- in our view of the world over the course of four centuries. The stunning, oversized volume includes a spectacular array of images, from rare antique nautical charts and the first "modern" atlas to a replication of the human genome map, an astonishing scientific document providing the genetic blueprint for a human being,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316997669
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/25/2007
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
657,423
Product dimensions:
10.63(w) x 13.38(h) x 1.38(d)

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Meet the Author

Vincent Virga is the author of EYES OF THE NATION: A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, which was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club.

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