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The social life of maps in America, 1750-1860 / Martin Brückner.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis ISLM GA105.3 .B77 2017 (Text) 00000106622301 General book Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781469632605
  • ISBN: 1469632608
  • Physical Description: xvii, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Williamsburg, Virginia : Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture ; [2017]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Preface. Introducing the social life of American maps -- Part One. American mapworks. The artisanal map, 1750-1815 : workshops and shopkeepers from Lewis Evans to Samuel Lewis -- The manufactured map, 1790-1830 : centralization and integration from Mathew Carey to John Melish -- The industrial map, 1820-1860 : innovation and diversification from Henry S. Tanner to S. Augustus Mitchell -- Part Two. The spectacle of maps. Public giants : re-staging power and the theatricality of maps -- Private properties : ornamental maps and the decorum of interiority -- Self-made spectacles : the look of maps and cartographic visualcy -- Part Three. The mobilization of maps. Looking small and made to go : the atlas and the rise of the cartographic vade mecum -- Cartographic transfers : education and the art of mappery -- Epilogue. Cartoral arts and material metaphors -- Appendix 1. Price table--maps and their sales prices, 1755-1860 -- Appendix 2. Inventory of "John Melish geographer and map publisher."
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In the age of MapQuest and GPS, we take cartographic literacy for granted. We should not; the ability to find meaning in maps is the fruit of a long process of exposure and instruction. A "carto-coded" America - a nation in which maps are pervasive and meaningful - had to be created. The Social Life of Maps tracks American cartography's spectacular rise to its unprecedented cultural influence. Between 1750 and 1860, maps did more than communicate geographic information and political pretensions. They became affordable and intelligible to ordinary American men and women looking for their place in the world. School maps quickly entered classrooms, where they shaped reading and other cognitive exercises; giant maps drew attention in public spaces; miniature maps helped Americans chart personal experiences. In short, maps were uniquely social objects whose visual and material expressions affected commercial practices and graphic arts, theatrical performances and the communication of emotions. This lavishly illustrated study follows popular maps from their points of creation to shops and galleries, schoolrooms and coat pockets, parlors and bookbindings. Between the decades leading up to the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, early Americans bonded with maps; Martin Bruckner's comprehensive history of quotidian cartographic encounters is the first to show us how.--Publisher description.
Subject: Cartography > United States > History.
Cartographers > United States > History.

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