Virginia: Mapping the Old Dominion State through History: Rare and Unusual Maps from the Library of Congress

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In a sense, the State of Virginia was born not on June 25, 1788—when it became the young nation’s tenth state—but on the day this great land was first depicted on a map. Over the centuries, each such map has become yet another precious link not only in the history of the state, but also in the ever-evolving “Virginia” as imagined by its residents and, more broadly, by the rest of America. Virginia: Mapping the Old Dominion State through History provides a fascinating journey into the past of the Old Dominion ...

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Overview

In a sense, the State of Virginia was born not on June 25, 1788—when it became the young nation’s tenth state—but on the day this great land was first depicted on a map. Over the centuries, each such map has become yet another precious link not only in the history of the state, but also in the ever-evolving “Virginia” as imagined by its residents and, more broadly, by the rest of America. Virginia: Mapping the Old Dominion State through History provides a fascinating journey into the past of the Old Dominion State through gloriously detailed maps from the Library of Congress. Edited and with a foreword by renowned photo editor and author Vincent Virga, it also includes compelling historical essays by writer and Virginia native Emilee Hines. Together, these further weave the visually stunning cartographic record into a drama of settlement and change. 
 
Mapping States through History 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, it offers an extraordinary glimpse into the history of the United States through the maps and their narrative captions, as well as Vincent Virga’s foreword and historical essays by local writers. Each map thus becomes a virtual time machine that tells us much about the places we live in today.
 
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The Library of Congress's Mapping States Through History series promises to make rare, sometimes even unique archival maps available to the general public. This stunningly inexpensive 128-page hardcover demonstrates the worth of the series. Like all its companion volumes, Virginia: Mapping the Old Dominion State through History features 50 full-color historical maps from the incomparable collections of the Library of Congress. Each map is accompanied by detailed captions on its origins and essays by Virginia author Emilee Hines illuminate how maps reflect the history and culture of the state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762745333
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Series: Mapping the States through History Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,365,613
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (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. 

Emilee Hines is a native Virginian who taught history, English, and creative writing for thirty years before retiring. A historian by training, with a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is author of It Happened in Virginia (Globe Pequot), More than Petticoats: Remarkable Virginia Women (TwoDot), and seven volumes of Old Virginia Houses.

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“A map is an image. It makes the world more real for us and uses signs to create an essential sense of place in our imagination. Like the movies, maps helped create our national identity, and this encyclopedic series of books aims to make manifest the changing social order that invented the United States, which is why it embraces all fifty states.”

—from the Foreword by Vincent Virga

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