Cartographia

Mapping Civilizations

By Vincent Virga; Library of Congress
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316997669, 266pp.)

Publication Date: October 2007

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Description
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.



About the Author
Vincent Virga has authored or coauthored seven major picture books, including, most recently, "Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations". He lives in New York City and in County Mayo, Ireland.

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