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Sunday, December 30, 2007

What to Get the Cartographer Who Has Everything?

This post is few days late, but just something to keep in mind for next year's holidays or the upcoming birthday of your favorite cartographer.

You can never go wrong with a map related book such as "Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations" by Vincent Virga.

"Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations," is a 272-page hardcover book with more than 250 color maps and illustrations. It is available through bookstores nationwide and from the Library of Congress Sales Shop

Per the Library of Congress press release:

"Drawn from the world’s largest cartographic collection, housed in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, "Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations," by Vincent Virga, has been published by the Library in association with Little, Brown and Company."

"Comprising more than 250 maps, "Cartographia" celebrates the work of those who have charted the world from the dawn of civilization to the present. Among the rare gems included in the book are the 1507 Waldseemüller world map, the first to include the designation "America"; Orelius’s "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" of 1570, considered to be the first modern atlas; rare maps from Africa, Asia and Oceania that challenge traditional Western perspectives; William Faulkner’s hand-drawn 1936 map of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Miss.; and a map of the human genome."

If you're looking to save money, how about creating a map related gift yourself. Tampa Tribune staff writer Penny Carnathan mentions a few great ideas of how to do so in her recent article entitled, "Maps Give Lots Of Decorating Latitude".