"The Cartography of North America", Portinaro & Knirsch
Period: 1987 (published)
9.8 x 13 inches
24.9 x 33 cm
Beginning with Juan de la Cosa's chart painted on ox hide, the maps document both the steady growth of geographic knowledge and the uncanny persistence of geographic fantasy as well as the unfolding story of daring exploration, tenacious settlement and fierce colonial rivalry. An authoritative reference work, a fascinating reading experience and a nice art book with biographical sketches of major cartographers. 320 pp., 180 extensively captioned maps, nearly all in full-color and over 90 supplementary illustrations. Hard bound in blue cloth with dust jacket.
Very minor shelf wear.