From Library Journal
This handsome, oversized volume is more than just an "album" of maps. It has them in abundance, hundreds of them, from reproductions of 17th-century maps to so phisticated contemporary cartograms, and it uses them to collect in one accessible place information usually scattered through diverse sources. The often complex matters of settlement patterns, population dynamics, economic development, and political trends are here presented with clear graphic simplicity. If you need to know what constituted the colonial triangular trade or where the Lowell mill girls came from, or what the present fertility and mortality rate are, this book pro vides your answer. As in any work of such scope, there are quibbles, such as the pedestrian text and a slight overemphasis on current affairs, but there is also much to commend, especially the diversity of topics covered and the excellent color illustrations. A splendid work, sure to be much consulted in Massachusetts libraries, and worthy of serious consider ation in large libraries elsewhere.- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
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