The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and EmbellishmentsHardback
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- Publisher: STERLING
- Format: Hardback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 241mm x 257mm x 30mm | 1,134g
- Publication date: 22 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1402765924
- ISBN 13: 9781402765926
- Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes illustrations
- Sales rank: 254,032
This lavishly illustrated history of the golden age of cartography, from the sixteenth through to the nineteenth centuries, explores not only the embellishments on maps but also what they reveal about the world in which they were created. Here there be monsters real and imagined; ships actual and archetypical; newly discovered flora such as corn and tobacco; fauna ranging from buffalo to unicorns; godlike beings and fantasy-like depictions of native peoples. The stunningly rendered images illuminate an entire world.
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Dennis Reinhartz is professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he spent 35 five years as a professor of history and Russian. He has edited and contributed chapters to numerous academic books, including Mapping of Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwest Frontier and The Mapping of the American Southwest.