This is a
one-of-a-kind collection of cartographic
treasures that spans thousands of years
and many cultures, from an ancient Babylonian
map of the world etched on clay to the
latest high-tech maps of the earth, seas,
and the skies above. With more than one
hundred maps and other illustrations
and an introduction and running commentary,
this book tells a fascinating story of
geographic discovery, scientific invention,
and the art and technique of mapmaking.
The book is organized chronologically
with a brief introduction that places
the maps in their historical context.
Special "portfolios" within
each section feature key cartographic
innovators and maps of exceptional
artistic quality or significance,
such as the 1507 Waldseemüller
Map, the first to use the name America.
Unusual and surprising maps are also
presented, including a set of playing
cards that contained a secret escape
map for American prisoners in Germany
during World War II.
With its broad historical and cultural
range, unmatched variety of maps from
the finest map collections in the
world and a fresh and authoritative
perspective on the history of cartography, Mapping
the World will delight everyone
with an interest in maps and mapmaking.