The Map Colorist: A Novel

The Map Colorist: A Novel

by Rebecca D'Harlingue
The Map Colorist: A Novel

The Map Colorist: A Novel

by Rebecca D'Harlingue


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In 1660, Amsterdam is the trading and map-printing capital of the world. Anneke van Brug is one of the colorists paid to enhance black-and-white maps for a growing number of collectors. Her artistic talent brings her to the attention of the Blaeu printing house, and she begins to color for a rich merchant, Willem de Groot. But Anneke is not content to simply embellish the work of others; she longs to create maps of her own. Cartography, however, is the domain of men—so it is in secret that she borrows the notes her father made on a trip to Africa in 1642 and sets about designing a new map.

Anneke hopes to convince the charismatic de Groot to use his influence to persuade Blaeu to include her map in the Atlas Maior, which will be the largest and most expensive publication of the century. But family secrets, infidelity, and murder endanger her dream. Will her map withstand these threats, or will it be forever lost?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647425470
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/19/2023
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 368,103
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rebecca D’Harlingue writes about women in the seventeenth century taking a different path. She has done graduate studies in Spanish literature, worked as a hospital administrator, and taught English as a Second Language to adults from all over the world. She has been in the same book club for decades, and although members sometimes disagree, there’s always a lively discussion. D’Harlingue lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, Arthur, where they are fortunate to frequently spend time with their children and grandchildren.
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