"The Cartography of North America 1500-1800", Portinaro & Knirsch
Subject: Cartographic Reference
Period: 1987 (dated)
9.5 x 13 inches
24.1 x 33 cm
Beginning with Juan de la Cosa's chart painted on ox hide, these 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. Includes 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.
Contents fine. Dust jacket with short tear at upper spine, closed on verso.