Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of Cartography

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Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of Cartography
  • Ralph E Ehrenberg
Brand: National Geographic
Edition: First Edition (1st printing),
  • Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 0792265254
Item Dimensions: 9.45 x 0.85 x 12.25 inches 3.2 pounds
Label: National Geographic
  • English (Published)
  • English (Original Language)
  • English (Unknown)
Manufacturer: National Geographic
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 256
Package Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.5 x 1.0 inches 3.1 pounds
Publication Date: 2005-10-11
Publisher: National Geographic
Release Date: 2005-10-11
Studio: National Geographic
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Mapping the World is a one-of-a-kind collection of cartographic treasures that spans thousands of years and many cultures, from an ancient Babylonian map of the world etched on clay to the latest high-tech maps of the earth, seas, and the skies above. With more than one hundred maps and other illustrations and an introduction and running commentary by Ralph E. Ehrenberg, this book tells a fascinating story of geographic discovery, scientific invention, and the art and technique of mapmaking.

Mapping the World is organized chronologically with a brief introduction that places the maps in their historical context. Special "portfolios" within each section feature key cartographic innovators and maps of exceptional artistic quality or significance, such as the 1507 Waldseemüller Map, the first to use the name America. Unusual and surprising maps are also presented, including a set of playing cards that contained a secret escape map for American prisoners in Germany during World War II.

With its broad historical and cultural range, unmatched variety of maps from the finest map collections in the world, more than one hundred illustrations, and a fresh and authoritative perspective on the history of cartography, Mapping the World will delight everyone with an interest in maps and mapmaking like no other book on the subject.