The Art of the Map by Dennis Reinhartz book review | Book Addicts

The Art of the Map

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The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments by Dennis Reinhartz is a large oversized volume full of old maps, rare maps from centuries ago that are beautiful.

8 out of 10 stars.  For anyone interested in the history of map-making, this is a great read.  I’m interested in map art and found the maps inside beautiful.  It’s a rare thing to bring together so many rare maps and to explain them so well.


1540 Map of America by Sebastian Munster

The beautiful features of this map include the warship in the lower left corner.

1540 America Map by Sebastian Munster | Book Addicts


1850 Map of the United States by J. H. Colton

This 1850 map of the United States features more ships, this time more modern.

1850 US Map by J H Colton | Book Addicts


1539 Map of Scandinavia by Olaus Magnus

This map features sea monsters of all kinds, a common addition to ancient maps.

1539 Map of Scandinavia by Olaus Magnus | Book Addicts


1587 Map of Iceland by Andreas Velleius

This map features sea monsters, island animals, and ice floes that are numbered.

1587 Iceland Map by Andreas Velleius | Book Addicts


1635 Map of Africa by Willem Blaeu

This map features more sea monsters.

1635 Map of Africa by Willem Blaeu | Book Addicts


1585 Map of Cartagena by Battista Boazio

This map features flying fish, a few sea monsters, and an iguana.

1585 Map of Cartagena by Battista Boazio | Book Addicts


1585 Map of Santiago by Battista Boazio

This map features a flying fish, a spouting whale, and a fleet of ships in the harbor.

1585 Map of Santiago by Battista Boazio | Book Addicts


1585 Map of Santo Domingo by Battista Boazio

This map features a fleet of ships in the harbo, a flying fish, a sea turtle, an alligator, and a couple of sea monsters.

1585 Map of Santo Domingo by Battista Boazio | Book Addicts


1539 Map of Scandinavia by Oleus Magnus

Here’s a closeup of that 1539 Map of Scandinavia.  Look at all the sea monsters.

1539 Map of Scandinavia by Oleus Magnus | Book Addicts


1850 Map of the United States by J. H. Colton

Here’s a blowup of the upper left corner of that 1850 US map.  Look at all the plants and foliage.  Also take a close look at the edge which is called “banknote” and similar to the borders and background that make up currency.

1850 Map of the United States by J H Colton | Book Addicts


1583 Map of Europe by Michael von Aitzing

This map is in the shape of a bear, a common practice in the 16th century.

1583 Map of Europe by Michael von Aitzing | Book Addicts


1858 Map of Montana, Iowa (present-day Boone County, Iowa) by Albert Ruger

This map shows pastures of Iowa beside the Des Moines River.

1858 Map of Iowa by Albert Ruger | Book Addicts


1863 Battle of Gettysburg by Robert Knox Sneden

This battle map shows movement (red arrows), hospitals, regiment headquarters, and landmarks for assaults.

1863 Battle of Gettysburg by Robert Knox Sneden | Book Addicts

Well, there you have it.  A great book on maps, map-making, and what every little thing on those maps means. 🙂

8 out of 10 stars.  This book was well-made and well-researched.  It had lots of beautiful photographs of old maps, much better than the images above which I took with my phone.

Reviewed by Jill.

 

 

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