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Cartographia: Mapping Civilisations by Vincent Virga & The Library of Congress
Boston, New York, London: Little, Brown & Company, 2008
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Illustrated boards with Black titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Plans;
From the cover: Cartographia offers a stunning array of 200 of the most beautiful, important and fascinating maps in existence, from the worlds 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 mans 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 Orteliuss Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570, considered the first modern atlas; rare maps from Africa, Asia, and Oceania that challenge traditional Western perspectives; William Faulkners hand-drawn 1936 map of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi; and even a map of the Human Genome.
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