Academic journal article Geography

The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments

Academic journal article Geography

The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments

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The Art of the Map: An illustrated history of map elements and embellishments Dennis Reinhartz New York: Sterling, 2012 240pp, 23x25cm

Hb: £30.00, ISBN 978-1402765926 The history of cartography is not an institution-based field akin, say, to art history or economic history, but it is booming and publishers have recognised a growing market among map lovers as well as educators and academics. Research and writing are almost always by scholars still associated with geography, or migrants from other fields. Using royal, government, institutional, library, archival and private collections and electronic access to them, most have focused on printed and manuscript maps, made in - but not necessarily of - Europe and North America. Dennis Reinhartz is typical. A historian, he has been publishing contributions to the field for several decades. His current standing is such that Reinhartz is one of only eight academic advisors to the Geography and Map Division of the US Library of Congress.

The focus of Reinhartz's latest book is announced in the subtitle: 'map elements and embellishments'. He has recognised a lacuna in the field and taken a great step toward filling it. …

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