Author(s): Vincent Virga
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.
Little Brown, 2008. Third printing. A fine, unmarked copy in a fine, unclipped d/w. This copy is from the library of Sir William Heseltine, the former Principal Private Secretary to PM Robert Menzies and later to Queen Elizabeth II, and bears his bookplate to the verso of the front free endpaper. A heavy book so additional postage may apply. Please enquire for an estimate. Scans available if required.
A fascinating and richly illustrated exploration into the most glorious and world-changing maps ever made..
Vincent Virga is the author of EYES OF THE NATION: A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, which was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club.