Publisher description for Cartographica extraordinaire : the historical map transformed / David Rumsey, Edith M. Punt.


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Assembling some of the finest cartographic examples from private collection of renowned map collector David Rumsey, this atlas bridges the gap between historical cartography and exploration and the new technologies and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). More than a lavish collection of cartographic masterworks, this book tells two paralled stories. The first story lays out the relevant history, the human players, and the events that place each map in the context of the time in which it was created. The second thread, of particular interest to cartographers, designers, map lovers, and geographers, tells the stories of the maps themselves--how they were created and the lessons they can teach modern cartographers and other designers of information and visual communication.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
North America -- Historical geography -- Maps -- Catalogs.
South America -- Historical geography -- Maps -- Catalogs.
Rumsey, David, -- 1944- -- Map collections -- Catalogs.
Maps -- Private collections -- California -- San Francisco -- Catalogs.