The Art of the Map

The Art of the Map

An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments

Book - 2012
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This lavishly illustrated history of the golden age of cartography, from the sixteenth through 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.

Baker & Taylor
Presents an illustrated history of the golden age of cartography, exploring the embellishments on maps and what they reveal about the world in which they were created.

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Leading cartography expert Dennis Reinhartz has compiled a one-of-a-kind collection illustrating the history of the map through the art of embellishment, culled from the golden age of hand-drawn cartography, specifically the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. The illustrations are abundant and particularly striking, with many utilizing color, voyaging from land to sea depicting all manner of fact and illusion including historical figures, newly discovered flora and fauna, renowned ancient and modern structures, imaginary creatures and mythic beings. Rienhartz provides detailed descriptions of all maps and illustrations including insight into the cartographers themselves and the times they lived in. Map, history, and art enthusiasts will find much of interest here. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Sterling, c2012
ISBN: 9781402765926
Characteristics: xix, 218 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 27 cm


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