Cartographia by Vincent Virga


CARTOGRAPHIA offers a stunning array of 200 of the most beautiful, important, and fascinating maps in existence, from the world's largest cartographic collection, at the Library of Congress. These maps show how our idea of the world has shifted and grown over time, and each map tells its own unique story about nations, politics, and ambitions. The chosen images, with their accompanying stories, introduce the reader to an exciting new way of "read...

Details Cartographia

Release DateOct 25th, 2007
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreGeography, Cartography, Maps, Nonfiction, History, Art, Science

Reviews Cartographia

  • Steve
    This book was absolutely fascinating. Tons of maps, in all sorts of flavors from all ranges of dates and places, are pictured in full color and analyzed in great detail. Many of the maps don't even seem like actual maps, more like art, which is both cool and a bit off-putting at times, as they doesn't scratch that same itch as staring at a "real" map does. The book is a coffee table sized massive hardcover. This is awesome, in that you get nice l...
  • Donovan
    This is a beautiful coffee table sized book on maps and includes many of the maps housed in The Library of Congress. I read the NYT's review of this book and added it to my Christmas list and was delighted to find it under the tree. Includes historic maps in four sections;1. The Mediterranean World2. The Three-Part World (Asia, Africa, Europe)3. The Americas4. Oceania and AntarticaIf you love old maps, you will LOVE this book.
  • Kim Zinkowski
    Nice sampling of the vast store of maps at the LofC. Narrative somewhat scattered at times, but overall an entertaining and educational read.
  • Dale
    Before we moved to Seattle, when we were visiting Seattle only about once per year, one of my obligatory stops was Metzger's Maps, a store that sells all kinds of maps and map-related products. Street maps, highway maps, historical maps, globes, topographical maps, satellite photos, atlases, travel books with maps included, magnifiers, transparent rulers, ... I loved that store, and I love maps. I can spend many hours poring over a Tokyo subway m...
  • Heath
    This book could have been so much more. Mr. Virga loves maps as much as I do but is deeply concerned with maps' function in a sort of metaphorical signifier sense, at the expense of their artistry, provenance and history - all the bits I find most interesting. The maps were beautiful but the writing was tortuous, especially if you know any history or appreciate elegant language or incisive examination. For a coffee-table book, I suppose it's firs...
  • Nuzhat
    This book is not for everyone, but I enjoyed the history lessons. Certainly, I would have liked to know more about each map as the text doesn't describe them to the detail I would like them to be interpreted by, but then this already over-sized, coffee-table book would have been bigger. I'm proud of myself for even reading this book and it did put me to sleep many nights while I had it checked out of the library, but it wasn't so horrible as I di...
  • Liz De Coster
    The maps included here are great, but the writing style and overall organization left a little to be desired. I would have followed a little better, I think, if it had been chronologically organized, and the map captions were in larger text so my eyes didn't have to do as much hide-and-seek while I was reading.
  • Carol
    Waited for almost a year to get my hands on this beautiful and engrossing book. Well worth the wait. Beautiful collection of maps from the LoC. Fascinating history of mapmaking, mapreading, and the different and unexpected uses of cartography. Read it front to back, then back to front, then flip thru it a few times.
  • Pat Murphy
    Interesting read about the history and making of maps. Some of that stuff where you end up thinking wow that seems remarkable or unbelievable.
  • Patrick
    Excellent history of how and why maps were made. The chapter on the Americas seemed a bit long-winded near the end, but the chapter on Africa/Asia/Europe was fascinating and insightful.
  • Ken Ficara
  • Alyson
    Beautiful variety of images and surprisingly good content for a coffee-table book.
  • Sarah
    Very interesting!