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Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations
 
 
Author
Vincent Virga & The Library of Congress.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 13.25 x 10.25 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9780316997669
Pages/Publication Date 266/2007
Daedalus Item Code 22370
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Gorgeously illustrated with color reproductions of rare and antique maps, this book presents 200 of the most beautiful, important, and fascinating maps in the Library of Congress. They illuminate how our idea of the world has shifted and grown over time, each telling its own unique story about nations, politics, and ambitions. Among the gems here 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; and William Faulkner's hand-drawn 1936 map of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.

"Veteran picture editor [Vincent] Virga upends our notion of maps as two-dimensional representations of physical spaces by presenting depictions of imaginative or spiritual territory: a 17th-century map of the soul has five entry points, each corresponding to one of the five senses. And while we're accustomed to maps being oriented north, Islamic and some other cartographers oriented their maps south, as in an eye-opening 1996 Upside Down World Map made in Australia that shows the down under continent approximately where we usually see Greenland. Virga provides historical, sociological and anthropological background to each map.... This is one of those rare coffee-table books that deserves to be read, that repeatedly delights the eye while informing the mind about the rich variety of humans' attempts to orient themselves in the world."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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