Images of the World: The Atlas Through History

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John Amadeus Wolter, Ronald E. Grim
Library of Congress, 1997 - Reference - 466 pages
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Tracking the atlas from its pre-Gutenberg days, when it was a handmade object commissioned by royalty and merchant princes through its interactive, digitized present, Images of the World vividly reveals human history through a unique lens. With this book, we marvel at China in the millennium after Christ and relive the days when maps were closely guarded tools for dominating an unexplored world. Based on an international symposium of the world's leading cartographers and geographical scholars and edited by curators of the Library of Congress' world-renowned map collection, this handsome volume opens up the true art and drama of mapmaking and reveals the wonders and terrors of the worlds the atlases portrayed.
One hundred and ninety-six illustrations, including many never-before-published rare, historical maps, most from the Library of Congress' own collection, make this remarkably vivid compendium a book that geography and history buffs, scholars, students, and ordinary readers will not want to miss.

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Conceived by Wolter, former chief of the Library of Congress's geography and map division, from an international symposium held at the Library of Congress in October 1984, this work majestically ... Read full review


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John A. Wolter is a former chief of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

Ronald E. Grim worked in the Cartographic and Archives and Records Service and in the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress. He is currently the curator of maps at the Normal B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.

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