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Images of the World: The Atlas through History

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Tracking the atlas from its pre-Gutenberg days, when it was a handmade object commissioned by royalty and merchant princes through its interactive, digitized present, Images of the World vividly reveals human history through a unique lens. With this book, we marvel at China in the millennium after Christ and relive the days when maps were closely guarded tools for dominating an unexplored world. Based on an international symposium of the world's leading cartographers and geographical scholars and edited by ...
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Overview

Tracking the atlas from its pre-Gutenberg days, when it was a handmade object commissioned by royalty and merchant princes through its interactive, digitized present, Images of the World vividly reveals human history through a unique lens. With this book, we marvel at China in the millennium after Christ and relive the days when maps were closely guarded tools for dominating an unexplored world. Based on an international symposium of the world's leading cartographers and geographical scholars and edited by curators of the Library of Congress' world-renowned map collection, this handsome volume opens up the true art and drama of mapmaking and reveals the wonders and terrors of the worlds the atlases portrayed. One hundred and ninety-six illustrations, including many never-before-published rare, historical maps, most from the Library of Congress' own collection, make this remarkably vivid compendium a book that geography and history buffs, scholars, students, and ordinary readers will not want to miss.
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Conceived by Wolter, former chief of the Library of Congress's geography and map division, from an international symposium held at the Library of Congress in October 1984, this work majestically explores the rich heritage of the atlas through essays and sumptuous illustrations. The 15 contributions by international scholars are divided into four parts: "Early Manuscripts and Printed Atlases," "Atlases of the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries," "Atlases of the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," and "Atlases of the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: The Future of Atlases." There are 196 illustrations, many in color, including rare, historical maps, mostly from the collection of the Library of Congress. This handsome volume complements Leo Bagrow's History of Cartography, revised and enlarged by R.A. Skelton (1964), and is recommended for public, academic, and special libraries.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. System, Ft. Pierce, Fla.
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Scholarly probings into the evolution of atlases as embodiments of science, philosophy, and artistry.

A decade back, the Library of Congress, holder of the largest cartographic collection in the world, held a symposium on the past and future of the atlas as a means of recording and disseminating spatial information of all kinds, a graphic representation of the human occupancy of the earth. Participants were asked to consider the story of the atlas as a book, revealing the slow changes in printing, format, and color, identifying how these reflected the period of their production, and speculating on the fate of the printed atlas in the age of the database. The 15 essays in this heavily illustrated volume (first presented at the symposium) span the entire history of atlas-making around the world. Particularly good are contributions from Mei-Ling Hsu on the unusual concepts and celestial fixations of early Chinese atlases; Gunter Schilder on the evolution of pilot books from octavo booklets to the great folios of the nautical atlases; Walter W. Ristow on the publishers of early American atlases; and Barbara B. Petchenik on the future of printed maps (she suggests that they may soon be no more than a method of providing children with an understanding of spatial meaning, while the rest of us will be turning to software to answer cartographic questions). An adequate number of the maps are reproduced in color, though more might be wished for, and the editors, curators of the Library of Congress's map collection, could have enlivened the prose a tad, for some of the essays are dry to the point of aridity.

Map lovers will be gratified to see their tax dollars put to such thoughtful, elegant, and tangible use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070715783
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.39 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustration Credits
Foreword
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Sixteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript Atlases for Special Presentation 3
An Inquiry into Early Chinese Atlases through the Ming Dynasty 31
Italian Composite Atlases of the Sixteenth Century 51
Atlas Cartography in the Low Countries in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries 73
French School Atlases: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries 109
Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer's Nautical Atlases and Pilot Books 135
Power and Legitimation in the English Geographical Atlases of the Eighteenth Century 161
German Atlas Development during the Nineteenth Century 207
Austrian Atlases of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 233
Late Eighteenth-and Early Nineteenth-Century Italian Atlases 257
Early American Atlases and their Publishers 301
The All-American County Atlas: Styles of Commercial Landownership Mapping and American Culture 331
The Rise of the National Atlas 369
Twentienth-Century Children's Atlases: Social Force or Educational Farce? 401
The Natural History of the Atlas: Evolution and Extinction 419
Contributors 435
Bibliography 443
Index 449
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