The following are provided courtesy of Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services; Head Librarian, Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections, Stanford University.
Engraving and Etching 1400-2000: A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes
By Ad Stijnan
London: Archetype Publications, 2012
Cost: $250.00 on amazon.com
It is hard to imagine a more thorough study of this area than this book. It is 240 pages and weighs a hefty 5.4 pounds. The book is heavily illustrated and is in full color. Chapters include: Antecedents, Early Developments and Dissemination; The Trade of Intaglio Printmaking; Producing the Matrix; and Printing the Matrix. At the end is a bibliography of practical manuals that runs nearly 200 pages. Two modern maps are included. This is not a book that has any relation to maps other than to understand the processes by which production took place.
The Atlas Blaeu – van der Hem: History of the Atlas and the making of the facsimilie
Edited by Koert van der Horst
Houten, Netherlands: Hes & De Graff Publishers, 2011
This book describes the origins of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the history of the making of the facsimile editions. It includes six articles on the original compilation of the 17th century atlas, including discussions about the history and contents of the atlas, the colorist including adding gold and silver to the pages, and then discussions as to the process of making the facsimile. The book is on heavy paper and in full color.
Seeing the World Anew: The radical vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 world maps
By John W. Hessler and Chet Van Duzer
Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2012
Cost: $85.00 on amazon.com
“Among the prized collections in the Library of Congress are two enormous maps, one dated 1507 and the other 1516, that dared to show the world in ways it had never been seen before. On the 1507 map were an ocean that hardly anyone knew and a huge island that no one — including Columbus — had ever placed correctly. And a name for that island, never seen on any map before: America. That was just the start of the radical re-visioning of the world on these rarest of artifacts, both lost for almost 400 years, each surviving in just a single copy. For map lovers, history buffs, and thoughtful observers of the shifts that propel knowledge forward, here is a singular treasure, told by two leading authorities and replete with ancient images. Our book features the largest-ever authorized reproductions of these priceless maps, both in bound single sheets and pocketed foldout composites.” (From the Levenger site.)
Mapping Virginia: From the age of exploration to the Civil War
By William C. Wooldridge
Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia, 2012
Cost: $94.95 on amazon.com
“Mapping Virginia provides a richly illustrated, comprehensive, and insightful view of how mapmakers perceived Virginia and how their vision changed over time to influence the cultural identity of the birthplace of our nation. William C. Wooldridge has meticulously researched over 300 of the most important and influential Virginia maps to provide an invaluable cartographic and historical resource that must certainly adorn the bookshelves of anyone interested in either history or maps.” (Margaret Beck Pritchard, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.) The book is in full color and includes an annotated bibliography and a map list.
Finding their Way at Sea: the story of portolan charts, the cartographers who drew them and the mariners who sailed by them
By Richard Pflederer
Houten, Netherlands: HES & De Graff, 2012
Cost: $59.95 on amazon.com
Richard Pfleder, a recognized expert on portolan charts, has written a full-color book detailing the story of sea charts from the late medieval period through the Renaissance and into the Age of European Enlightenment. Chapters include systems of geography (grids and radials), seaman and scientists, navigation and cartography, ports, notable cartographers and mariners, and sailing outside the bounds of the Mediterranean.
A Collection of Chinese Antique Maps
Beijing: China Cartographic Publishing House, 2011
Should be available at www.sinomaps.com, but the site is only in Chinese
A beautifully made book about antique maps of China. This is a wonderfully creative book that includes full color reproductions of early maps of China as well as foldouts of strip maps, inserted small booklets, all with descriptions. The book is mostly in Chinese, although there is English throughout giving an overview of the maps included.
Łódź: Na Mapach, 1793-1939
Łódź : Wydawnictwo Jacek Kusiński : Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi ; Warszawa : Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Państwowych, 2012.
A full color hardbound book covering nearly 150 years of the mapping of Łódź, Poland. It includes fold outs of the maps as well as beautiful pictures of the city.
Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers
By Becky Cooper
New York: Abrams, 2013
Amazon.com for $19.95
From Amazon: “Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to “map their Manhattan” and to mail the personalized maps back to her. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with a cartography of intimate narratives: past loves, lost homes, childhood memories, comical moments, and surprising confessions. A beautifully illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to New York, Mapping Manhattan includes 75 maps from both anonymous mapmakers and notable New Yorkers, including Man on Wire aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Timeswine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and many more.”
First X, Then Y, Now Z: An Introduction to Landmark Thematic Maps
By John Delaney
Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2012
Available at http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/websites/thematic-maps/book/book.html . $45 by check.
This book is a companion piece to the recent exhibit at Princeton, which is available online here:http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/websites/thematic-maps/contents.html?Submit=Enter. The book is in full color with plenty of text and color illustrations. The companion website has higher resolution imagery of the maps, which allows for close viewing of the maps.
L’Apparition du Nord: selon Gérard Mercator
By Louis-Edmond Hamelin and Stéfano Biondo et Joë Bouchard
Québec: Septentrion, 2013
Available at http://www.septentrion.qc.ca/catalogue/livre.asp?id=3565. $49.95 Canadian dollars.
This book commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerard Mercator. It is entirely in French and focuses on his mapping of the North Pole. In full color.
Korea: A Cartographic History
By John Rennie Short
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012
Cost: $45.00 on amazon.com
The book, with full color depictions of the maps, covers the span of Korean cartography from about 1400 to the present. Short discusses maps made by Koreans and by non-Koreans. The book is chronologically organized and highlights the influence of China, Japan and the rest of the world on Korean cartography. There is an interesting chapter at the end about the controversies surrounding the naming of the East Sea/Sea of Japan and the island of Dokdo.
On the Edge: Mapping North America’s Coast
By Roger McCoy
Oxford University Press, 2012
Cost: $29.95 on amazon.com
According to Amazon, On the Edge “tells the captivating–and often harrowing–story of the 400 year effort to map North America’s Coasts. Much of the book is based on the narratives of mariners who sought a passage through the continent to Asia and produced maps as a byproduct of their journeys. … On the Edge tracks the dramatic voyages of John Cabot, John Davis, Captain Cook, Henry Hudson, Martin Frobisher, John Franklin (who nearly starved to death and become known in England as “the man who ate his boots”), and others, concluding with Robert Peary, Otto Sverdrup, and Vihjalmur Steffanson in the early twentieth century.”
Japoniae Insvlae: The Mapping of Japan (Historical introduction and cartobibliography of European printed maps of Japan to 1800)
By Jason C. Hubbard
Houten, Netherlands: Hes & De Graff Publishers, 2012
Cost: $265.00 from amazon.com, which says it is not released as of 1/25/2013 although it has been. Available from abebooks.com
This oversized book is in full color and includes topics such as: early European mapping of Japan; imaginary maps; transitional maps; the dawn of modern maps; European mapping in the 17th and 18th century; nautical charts; pirated maps, counterfeit maps; indigenous mapmaking; early Japanese mapmaking to the 17th and 18th centuries.
London: A History in Maps
By Peter Barber
London: London Topographical Society, 2012
Cost: $45.00 on amazon.com
Tony Barber, head of the maps and topographical views at the British Library has produced an impressive book detailing the history of London in maps. The images are in full color throughout and cover the timespan from 50 AD through modern times. A must have for Anglophiles such as myself!
Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit
By Joyce E Chaplin
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012
Cost: $35.00 on amazon.com, $16.99 for the e-book
Joyce Chaplin is an Early American History professor at Harvard and regularly writes about science including books on Ben Franklin and science on the Anglo-American frontier. Here she looks at the 500 year history of the ways in which people and animals have circled the Earth. The book includes a few map reproductions in black and white.
Mission Possible: A Neighborhood Atlas
CAGE Lab Collaboration
Darin Jensen, Editor
“Mission Possible: A Neighborhood Atlas is the product of a collaboration with Mission Loc@l and a project in experiential learning by students in the Cartography and GIS Education (CAGE) Lab at UC Berkeley’s Geography Department. Students examined and mapped phenomena of the Mission in an effort to look at the neighborhood from different viewpoints and to offer users useful information. The maps in this atlas are products of students’ work and imagination.” (from their website)
This is a great neighborhood atlas and one worth exploring. You can view the whole thing for free athttp://missionpossiblesf.org/ . You may also purchase the atlas for your collection from the same site.
Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire
By Steven Seegel
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012
Cost: $55 on amazon.com (or less)
“Drawing from sources in eleven languages, including military, historical-pedagogical, and ethnographic maps, as well as geographic texts and related cartographic literature, Seegel explores the role of maps and mapmakers in the East Central European borderlands from the Enlightenment to the Treaty of Versailles.” (from the dust jacket)
Mapping Greece, 1420-1800, A History: Maps in the Margarita Samourkas CollectionBy Giorgos Tolias
By Giorgos Tolias
New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, 2011
Cost: $250.00 on amazon.com
This is an impressive book on the mapping of Greece. The book is 545 pages long complete with essays and full color reproductions of the maps from the Margarita Samourkas Collection. It includes a catalogue of all of the maps in the collection. A must have for people interested in this topic.
Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America
By Susan Schulten
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012
Cost: $45.00 (or less) on amazon.com
“In the nineteenth century, Americans began to use maps in radically new ways. For the first time, medical men mapped diseases to understand and prevent epidemics, natural scientists mapped climate and rainfall to uncover weather patterns, educators mapped the past to foster national loyalty among students, and Northerners mapped slavery to assess the power of the South. After the Civil War, federal agencies embraced statistical and thematic mapping in order to profile the ethnic, racial, economic, moral, and physical attributes of a reunified nation. By the end of the century, Congress had authorized a national archive of maps, an explicit recognition that old maps were not relics to be discarded but unique records of the nation’s past.
All of these experiments involved the realization that maps were not just illustrations of data, but visual tools that were uniquely equipped to convey complex ideas and information. In Mapping the Nation, Susan Schulten charts how maps of epidemic disease, slavery, census statistics, the environment, and the past demonstrated the analytical potential of cartography, and in the process transformed the very meaning of a map.” (From Amazon website)
Early American Cartographies
Edited by Martin Brückner
University of North Carolina Press, 2011
Cost: $60 on amazon.com
“Maps were at the heart of cultural life in the Americas from before colonization to the formation of modern nation-states. The fourteen essays in Early American Cartographies examine indigenous and European peoples’ creation and use of maps to better represent and understand the world they inhabited. The individual essays, then, range widely over space and place, from the imperial reach of Iberian and British cartography to indigenous conceptualizations, including “dirty,” ephemeral maps and star charts, to demonstrate that pre-nineteenth-century American cartography was at once a multiform and multicultural affair.” From Amazon’s website.
Cartografía Hispánica: Imagen de un Mundo en Crecimiento, 1503-1810
By Marino Cuesta Domingo
Madrid : Ministerio de Defensa, 2010
The book is entirely in Spanish with color photographs. Chapter titles are listed here:http://www.portalcultura.mde.es/publicaciones/publicaciones/Geografia/publicacion_0100.html . The book may also be ordered through this website.
Historical Atlas of Washington and Oregon
By Derek Hayes
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011
Cost: $39.95 on amazon (or less)
Derek Hayes has written another book in his “Historical Atlas” series. The book is oversized and in full color with many pictures and map reproductions. The maps date from the early 1800’s to new releases detailing the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
Los Angeles in Maps
By Glen Creason
New York : Rizzoli, 2010
Cost: $50 (or less) on amazon.com
Glen Creason, the Map Librarian at Los Angeles Public Library and member of CMS, has written and beautifully illustrated a cartographic history of Los Angeles. Contributions from other luminaries, such as our own Bill Warren, add to the essays that describe each piece. The maps are in full color and cover the period from 1860 up until 2010. A must have book for anyone interested in the mapping of this region. Also see review.
Disease Maps: Epidemics on the Ground
By Tom Koch
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2011
“Where will this year’s incarnation of H1N1 strike? And will flu shots and hand washing be enough to fend it off? Thankfully, Tom Koch’s Disease Maps is here to shed light on the subject of epidemics both historic and contemporary. In it, he contends that to understand epidemics and their history we need to think about maps of varying scale, from the individual body to shared symptoms evidenced across cities, nations, and the world.” (From the Publisher’s Website: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/news/2011/May/1105kochprs.html)
Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey
By Rachel Hewitt
London : Granta, 2010
Cost: $17.50 used from Amazon.com
“Map of a Nation tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map – the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles. The Ordnance Survey is a much beloved British institution, and Map of a Nation is, amazingly, the first popular history to tell the story of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it.” (From the Publisher’s Website: http://grantabooks.com/page/3032/Map-Of-A-Nation/1511)
Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas
By Denis Wood
Los Angeles : Siglio, 2010
This is an interesting book if you are curious about alternative, conceptual forms of mapping. As the publisher states: “Denis Wood has created an atlas unlike any other. Surveying Boylan Heights, his small neighborhood in North Carolina, he subverts the traditional notions of mapmaking to discover new ways of seeing both this place in particular and the nature of place itself. Each map attunes the eye to the invisible, the overlooked, and the seemingly insignificant.” (From the Publisher’s Website: http://sigliopress.com/books/atlas.htm)
Railway Maps of the World
By Mark Ovenden
New York : Viking, 2011
With pages of full color images and maps, Mark Ovenden highlights contemporary and historical maps and posters of railway lines from around the world. This is a follow-up to his “Transit Maps of the World” published in 2007.
Manuscript and Annotated Maps in the American Geographical Society Library: A Cartobibliography
Complied by Jovanka Ristić
Milwaukee : University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010
“The book offers descriptive entries on over 300 maps in AGSL that were drawn by hand, many of them extremely rare, beginning with its oldest example, the 1452 “Map of the World’” by Venetian cartographer Giovanni Leardo. The Cartobibliography also has entries on AGSL’s printed maps with manuscript annotations, including nautical charts notated by Charles Lindbergh as he planned the first trans-Atlantic flight.” (From the Publisher’s Website:http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/AGSL/publ.cfm)
The Finest Illustrated Maps of Hungary: 1528-1895
By Katalin Plihál
Hungary : Kossuth Publishing, 2009
This book features maps from the National Széchényi Library in Hungary. The oldest map is from 1528 and continues through the centuries up to 2007. In full color and in English. More information may be found here:http://www.kossuth.hu/index.php?o=konyvek&k=1503 .
Ships on Maps : Pictures of Power in Renaissance Europe
By Richard W. Unger
Houndmills, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Cost: $80 (or less) on amazon.com
Ships were rare sights on maps prior to 1375. After that time, they grew in abundance up through the sixteenth century. Unger investigates how, “the many ships that came to decorate maps in the age when sailors began to sail around the world were an integral part of the information summarizing a new age.” This hardbound book has black and white illustrations as well as a section of eight color plates.
Northward Bound – At the Far Edge of the World
By Benedict Gamborg Brisa
Norway : Nordkappmuseet, 2010.
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This booklet was published in conjunction with the map exhibition of the same name at the North Cape Museum in Norway during the summer and autumn of 2010. Printed in English with full color reproductions, the maps focus on the Nordic and Arctic regions covering the time period between the Middle Ages and the mid 1700’s.
Covens & Mortier : A Map Publishing House in Amsterdam, 1685-1866
By Dr. Marco van Egmond
Houten, Netherlands : HES & De Graaf, 2009.
Cost: $395.00 on amazon.com
This book has been published as part of the Utrecht Studies in the History of Cartography, Volume 8. It is based on a Dutch language dissertation by the same author published in 2005. In addition to the original dissertation, Dr. van Egmond has added several hundred illustrations and a carto-bibliography with original and compiled maps by Covens & Mortier. The book includes full color illustrations throughout and includes a detailed history of this publishing house. Truly an impressive work.
Mapping America : Exploring the Continent
By Frtiz Kessler
London: Black Dog Publishing, 2010.
Cost: $45.00 or less on amazon.com
An interesting book that has full color depictions of the United States which are artistic, interpretive, and theoretical. The maps span four centuries of depictions of America and including everything from the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, environmentalism and terrorism.
La carta de Gabriel de Vallseca de 1439
By Ramon J. Pujades I Bataller
Barcelona: Lumen Artis Ediciones, 2009.
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This book delves into the oldest known Portolan Chart by the Majorcan cartographer, Gabriel de Vallseca. As is noted on the Lumen Artis web site, the information it contains reflects the knowledge of the period with regard to physical, biological and political geography. The book includes full color pictures and a complete translation of the text in English. It is accompanied by a reproduction of the chart. 950 copies have been printed. Find out more here: http://www.lumenartis.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68&products_id=183&language=en
Capitanata in Carta : La Rappresentazione del Territorio dal XIV al XX Secolo
By Antonio Ventura
Foggia : Claudio Grenzi Editore, 2010.
Cost: 26 Euros from the publisher athttp://www.claudiogrenzi.it/scheda_libro.asp?id_libro=656
This softbound full-color book traces the history of the Capitanata region in Italy near the city of Foggia through cartographic depictions, bird’s eye views and drawings of notable buildings in the area. The book is in Italian and includes descriptions of all of the items as well as essays.
A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World
By Matti Lainema and Juha Nurminen
London : Conway, 2009.
Cost: $60 (or less) on amazon.com
This book was originally published in 2001 as Ultima Thule by the John Nurminen Foundation. Juha Nurminen states in the introduction that “This volume is an account of the most essential and the most exciting aspects of mapping the Arctic areas from antiquity right through to the opening of the Northwest and Northeast Passages and the conquering of the North Pole.” His interest is in the mapping of the region while his co-author collects travel narratives. Together they have produced a beautiful coffee table book in full color full of maps, photographs, paintings and information about the extreme north. A must for anyone interested in this region.
Atlas du Vanouatou (Vanuatu)
By Patricia Siméoni
Port-Vila, Vanouatou : Éditions Géo-Consulte, 2009.
Cost: $211.00 on abebooks.com
Published in French, this atlas covers the region that is the archipelago of Vanouatou. The atlas includes information about the cultural and the physical aspects of the islands.
Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad
By Derek Hayes
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 2010
Cost: $40.00 or less (Available from amazon.com)
Derek Hayes’s current book covers the history of the North American railroad. Lavishly illustrated with maps, he discusses the origins of the railroad, its growth from a series of local lines to a transcontinental network through to the present state of the railroad system today.
De Polderatlas van Nederland
By Clemens Steenbergen, et al.
Bussum, Netherlands : Thoth, 2009.
Wikipedia describes a polder as a “low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments known as dikes.” There are three types of polders, those lands reclaimed from a body of water, flood planes separated from the sea or river or marshes separated from the surrounding water. The Dutch have a long history of land manipulation and reportedly have over 3,000 polders nationwide. This impressive atlas exhaustively details this process using GIS, photographs, maps and satellite imagery. The book is in Dutch.
Atlas Nacional de la República de Panamá
By Ministerio de Obras Públicas
Panama : Instituto Geográfico Nacional “Tommy Guardia”, 2007.
This is the 4th edition of the National Atlas of Panama. This up to date atlas uses GIS to depict information such as health conditions, boundaries, maritime zones, population, agriculture, industry, education, etc. The book is published in Spanish.
The Kandik Map
By Linda Johnson
Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 2009
Cost: $34.95 (Available from amazon.com.)
“In 1880, a Native American named Paul Kandik and a French explorer, François Mercier, traveled across northeastern Alaska and western Canada to create the earliest known map of the region.” (from book cover) The original map is held at the Bancroft Library and UC Berkeley. The author draws on historical letters, geographical analysis, and the map itself in her study of the map and its makers.
Carte per Navigare: La raccolta di portolani della Biblioteca Palatina di Parma
Edited by MUP: Monte Universita Parma
Parma : Mirabilia Palatina, 2009.
Cost: 30 Euros from http://www.mupeditore.it/arte/cataloghi_arte/carte_per_navigare.aspx
A beautiful book published to coincide with the exhibit at the Biblioteca Palatina di Parma. The book is in Italian with color pictures of their portolan charts dating from the early 1600s.
Maps of Istanbul: Haritalari 1422-1922
By Ayse Yetiskin Kubilay
Istanbul : Denizler Kitabevi
Cost: 160 Euros from Zero Books Online
A beautifully illustrated oversized full color book highlighting maps of Istanbul for 500 years, including text in English and Turkish.
X Marks the Spot: Women Writers Map the Empire for British Children, 1790-1895
By Megan A. Norcia
Athens, OH : Ohio University Press
Cost: $50.00 (Available from amazon.com)
Dr. Norcia writes about the geography primers of the 19th century in Britain, which were middle-class women. She “offers an alternative method for mapping the landscape of nineteenth-century female history by reintroducing the primers into the dominant historical record.”
Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro
By Mark Ovenden
New York : Penguin Books
Cost: $25.00 (Available from amazon.com)
This soft cover book has over 1,000 full-color maps, diagrams and photographs that detail the history of the subway system in Paris. A must for a Francophile!
Mapping New York
edited by Phoebe Adler, Tom Howells and Duncan McCorquodale
London : Black Dog Pub., c2009.
Cost: $49.95 (Available from amazon.com.)
Mapping New York includes maps dating from the 16th century to the present and are arranged thematically including information on the population, military history, transport, commerce and crime in the city.
The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map that gave America its Name
by Toby Lester
New York: Free Press, 2009.
Cost: $30.00 (Available from amazon.com.)
Amazon.com has a long review of this book by Simon Winchester. He calls this “quite a wonderful book” that describes America’s “birth-certificate.” He goes on to state that, “The document is a map–and so Mr. Lester’s book is in essence about cartography, and sixteenth century cartography at that, a specialist’s dream. But the tale of the making and then the hiding and the losing and the finding of this extraordinary and very large document–it called the Waldseemüller Map, and it now belongs to the Library of Congress–is sufficiently exciting to be almost unbearably thrilling. And anyone who can make cartography thrill deserves a medal, at the very least.”
Mapping New Jersey: an Evolving Landscape
Cartography by Michael Siegel, edited by Maxine N. Lurie and Peter O. Wacker.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rivergate Books, c2009.
Cost: $39.95 (Available from amazon.com.)
It has been nearly 100 years since the last atlas was published about the state of New Jersey. The book is divided into chapters by subject and includes a large number of interesting historical maps as well as current maps highlighting demographic and physical geography information.
The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire
Edited by James R. Akerman
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Series: The Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., lectures in the history of cartography
Cost: $47.60 (Available from amazon.com.)
From Amazon.com: “Critically reflecting on elements of mapping and imperialism from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century, the essays discuss the nature of the imperial map through a series of case studies of empires, from the Qing dynasty of China, to the Portuguese empire in South America, to American imperial pretensions in the Pacific Ocean, among others. Collectively, the essays reveal that the relationship between mapping and imperialism, as well as the practice of political and economic domination of weak polities by stronger ones, is a rich and complex historical theme that continues to resonate in our modern day.”
Maps in Those Days: Cartographic Methods before 1850
By J.H. Andrews
Dublin, Ireland; Four Courts, c2009.
Cost: $85.00 (Available from Four Courts Press.)
From the Four Courts Press website: “For some years the emphasis in map-historical literature has been either on traditional cartobibliography or on various cultural, social and ideological aspects of the mapping process. By contrast, few recent books have described what early cartographers actually did. Maps in Those Days addresses this question.”
Longitude by Wire: Finding North America
By Richard Stachurski
Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, c2009.
Cost: $29.95 (Available from amazon.com.)
From amazon.com: “In Longitude by Wire, Richard Stachurski chronicles the amazing tale of discoveries made by American scientists as they worked to solve [the] life-threatening quandary … of measuring longitude. Stachurski recounts how the successful coupling of precision chronometers with the new electrical technology represented by Samuel Morse’s telegraph produced the long-sought solution to the longitude problem.
Cartographic Encounters: Indigenous Peoples and the Exploration of the New World
By John Rennie Short
London, UK: Reaktion Books, 2009.
Cost: $45.00 (Available from amazon.com)
From amazon.com: “In this vital reinterpretation of American history, Short describes how previous accounts of the mapping of the new world have largely ignored the fundamental role played by local, indigenous guides. The exchange of information that resulted from this “cartographic encounter” allowed the Native Americans to draw upon their wide knowledge of the land in the hope of gaining a better position among the settlers. This account offers a radical new understanding of Western expansion and the mapping of the land and will be essential to scholars in cartography and American history.”
Courtiers and Cannibals, Angels and Amazons: the Art of the Decorative Cartographic Titlepage
By Rodney Shirley
Houten, Netherlands: Hes & De Graaf, c2009.
Cost: $88.00 (Available from Hes & de Graaf Publishers.)
From the HDG Web site: “This book aims to preserve and bring forward for wider appreciation the outstanding works of art that many engraved title pages and frontispieces represent. Over the time period covered by the present publication – roughly from the 1470s to the 1870s – very many printed books opened with an attractive decorative title page or frontispiece; sometimes both.”