Cartographia

Mapping Civilizations
By Library of Congress, Vincent Virga (Hardcover Book, 2007)
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, Catrographia will appeal to collectors, historians, and anyone looking for a perfect gift.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $60.00 US/$66.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316997669

    • On Sale Date: 10/25/2007

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book

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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, Catrographia will appeal to collectors, historians, and anyone looking for a perfect gift.

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.
  • "To see the long history of world cartography--so artfully revealed here--is to appreciate how humankind began discovering its position in the cosmos." (William Least-Heat Moon).

  • "Vincent Virga's CARTOGRAPHIA illuminates my own lifelong attempt to map the readings and misreadings of canonical texts. Virga shows us the mapping of civilizations and shrewdly indicates the elements of mismapping that necessarily are involved." (Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University).

  • "For anybody who is interested in the history of maps and the way maps have changed history--and who is not?--this book is not only a visual treasure trove, but essential reading." (Michael Korda, editor-in-chief emeritus of Simon & Schuster and New York Times bestselling author of Country Matters, Horse People, and Ulysses S. Grant).

  • (Library Journal).

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Cartographia
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $60.00 US/$66.00 CAN
  • Pages: 272
  • Physical Dimensions: 10" x 13"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316997669
  • On Sale Date: 10/25/2007
Cartographia