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The Mapmaker's Art: An Illustrated History of Cartography

Goss, John

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ISBN 10: 052883620X / ISBN 13: 9780528836206
Published by Rand McNally, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: As New Hardcover
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An illustrated history of the art of Cartography -- the Mapmaker's art -- and some art it is. With over 380 classic and beautiful illustrations (of which 300 are in color) this book examines every aspect of cartography from ancient coastal charts (on driftwood and bone) by the Inuit people to the more sophisticated methods used by the Ordnance Surveys in 19th century Britain. A big, heavy, gorgeous book that will thrill any map-lover with an eagerness to learn how it is all done. A wonderful gift. Bookseller Inventory # 001852

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Title: The Mapmaker's Art: An Illustrated History ...

Publisher: Rand McNally, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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A lovely, comprehensive guide to more than 3,000 years of cartography, with some 380 classic illustrations, of which 300 are in ravishing color. By taking a historical perspective, Goss is able to show how such important cartographers as Ptolemy, Mercator, Ortelius, and Jefferys artistically reflected the geographical learning of their own times, how the advent of printing increased the availability of accurate maps, and how the exploratory and expansionist activities of the western European nations expanded the functions of maps, which came to be used to delineate the boundaries of national and local government, mark trade routes and safe shipping lanes, and indicate sites of natural resources for development by new settlers. In addition to the European tradition, Goss also surveys the town plans of Imperial China, the star maps of 10th-century Arab astronomers, and the marine stick charts of the Pacific Islanders. Some of the more artistic flights of fancy, evident in elaborate allegorical figures and maps of mythical lands, are discussed in a chapter of their own. 10.75x14.75" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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