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Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of Cartography Hardcover – October 11, 2005

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About the Author

Ralph E. Ehrenberg is a former chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and a former director and assistant director of the Center for Cartographic and Architectural Archives, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. He has lectured and consulted widely on cartographic and geographic resources, the history of cartography, and management of cartographic collections.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792265254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792265252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By viktor_57 on December 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Two very fine and beautiful books about maps appeared at the end of 2005, published within a month of each other. The other one is "The Map Book" edited by Peter Barber. I happened to discover "The Map Book" before "Mapping the World", although the latter was published first. Like "The Map Book", "Mapping the World" has at its center beautifully reproduced maps in chronological order with lively and informative texts and explanations. Unlike "The Map Book", "Mapping the World" has a single author of the texts, giving the latter a more unified voice and a greater sense of historical narrative. The curious reader may delve deeper into either book on any page and become engaged in the history, culture, and technology embodied in a particular map. Both books sit on my coffee table both for easy access and conspicuous display.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 4, 2006
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Mapping The World: An Illustrated History Of Cartography comes from one of the major publishers specializing in geography subjects: so one would anticipate an exceptional production in book form - and it's not disappointing. Author Ralph Ehrenberg is former chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, among other major archives: his background lends to a lovely coverage of over a hundred maps from around the world and across the eras. Each full-page color maps is accompanied by a detailed history and explanation setting the map in social and historical perspective. Recommend for any serious world history collection, from the high school level on up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James A. Magner on May 28, 2009
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This book collects lots of interesting maps and brief texts about them. I have several other similar books and this book is among the better ones. On a rainy day, someone interested in this topic could spend several hours being very pleasantly entertained paging through this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Zucco on February 10, 2010
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I purchased this as a gift for my Grandfather who has always been enamored by maps. This is a must have for the cartographer in your family. The detail in the historical evolution of the maps is stunning and can be enjoyed by those interested specifically in the map aspect as well as the history buff interested in the evolution of the nations whose original maps have shaped the world as we know it today.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Norma J. Nelson on August 28, 2006
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Stunning pictures, brilliant descriptions and text that is relevant, readable and informative.
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