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Great maps : the world's masterpieces explored and explained
AuthorBrotton, Jerry
Smithsonian Institution
Pub. LocationNew YorkPublisherDK Publishing
Date2014Phys. Desc.256 p. : ill., maps (some color), ports ; 31 cm.
LocationDirector's OfficeCall NumberGA201.B746 2014
Great maps / Jerry Brotton.
Jacket subtitle: "The world's masterpieces explored and explained"
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classical maps 1500 BCE-1300 CE -- Discovery and travel 1300-1570 -- New directions and beliefs 1570-1750 -- Thematic maps 1750-1900 -- Modern mapping 1900 to present.
Traces human development and culture through cartography, from early rock carvings to the latest geospatial technology.
"...the stories behind 55 historical maps by analyzing graphic close-ups, Great Maps also profiles key cartographers and explorers to look why each map was commissioned, who it was for and how they influenced navigation, propaganda, power, art, and politics."

Subject(s)Cartography--History
Cartography
Maps in art
Maps, Early
Maps
Historical geography--Maps
World maps--Early works to 1800
SeriesDK Smithsonian
Smithsonian handbooks
Rec. TypeBookLanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryEditionFirst American EditionRec. #19685
ISBN9781465424631 ; 1465424636LCCN2012278182OCLC870920050