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Cartographia : Mapping Civilisations - Vincent Virga


Mapping Civilisations


Published: 1st November 2007
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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, Cartographia will appeal to collectors, historians, and anyone looking for a perfect gift.

About the Author

Vincent Virga is the author of Eyes of the Nations: A Visual History of the United States , which was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club.

Introduction: Theater of the Worldp. 1
Prologuep. 5
The Mediterranean World
The Babyloniansp. 9
The Enyptiansp. 11
The Greeksp. 14
The Etruscansp. 18
The Romansp. 19
The Islamic Worldp. 26
The Holy Landp. 31
The Mediterranean Seap. 36
The Three-Part World
Asiap. 45
Africap. 94
Europep. 121
The Fourth Part: The Americas
Latin Americap. 178
Anglo Americap. 196
The Fifth Part: Oceania and Antarctica
Oceaniap. 233
Antarcticap. 241
Epilogue: the unseen cultural worldp. 243
Afterwordp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 254
Cartobibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 259
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780316997669
ISBN-10: 0316997668
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 1st November 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 33.8 x 26.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 2.21
Edition Number: 1