Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2002. Hardcover. Burgundy cloth boards with gilt spine lettering. Glossy color-illustrated dust jacket with white and gilt lettering. xi, 434 pp. 283 illustrations, 159 in full color. VG/VG. Item #172440
Celebrated for their rarity, historical importance, and beauty, the maps of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries in the collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation provide an invaluable resource for the history of settlement in America. In the colonies, maps were essential in facilitating trade and travel, substantiating land claims, and settling boundary disputes. Today, knowing exactly what maps were owned and used during the period gives us a much richer understanding of the aspirations of early Americans. This large, handsome volume-a carefully researched cultural investigation-examines how maps were made and marketed, why people here and abroad purchased them, what they reveal about the emerging American nation, and why they were so significant to the individuals who owned them. Among the rare or unique examples included here are several maps that have never before been published. A must for map collectors and historians, this book will also be treasured by the millions who travel each year to Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate their American heritage. -FirstSearch.
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