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The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France

Conley, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0816627002 / ISBN 13: 9780816627004
Published by University of Minnesota Press, 1996
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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The author has inscribed to a former owner and signed "Tom" on the half-title page. Also, laid-in is an autograph letter signed (also "Tom"), dated in 1997; on Harvard University letterhead, 8-1/2" x 11", folded in half. The dust jacket has some mostly shallow chipping, up to 1/2" at top of front flap fold; jacket is now protected by a mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 005942

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Title: The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in ...

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed Copy

Edition: First Edition.

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The self-made map argues that during the Renaissance in France a "new cartographic impulse" affected both the "graphic and imaginary forms of literature." In this wide-ranging and fascinating work, Tom Conley demonstrates that as maps were plotted during this period, a new sense of self emerged, one defined in part by the relationship of the self to space.
Conley traces the explosion of interest in mapmaking that occurred with the discovery of the New World, and discusses the commensurate rise of what he defines as cartographic writing - writing that "holds, penetrates, delineates, and explores space." Considering the works of such writers as Rabelais, Montaigne, and Descartes, Conley provides a "navigation" through the printed page, revealing the emerging values of Renaissance France.
Conley also exposes the ideological exercise inherent in mapmaking, arguing that Renaissance cartography is inseparably bound up with the politics of the era. He undertakes close readings of maps and illustrations, discussing the necessity of viewing Renaissance maps in the context of their typographic layout, graphic reproduction, and literary and ideological import.

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Tom Conley is professor of French at Harvard University.

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