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An atlas of geographical wonders : from mountaintops to riverbeds : a selection of comparative maps and tableaux / Jean-Christophe Bailly, Jean-Marc Besse, Philippe Grand, Gilles Palsky
Bib ID 8132729
Format BookBook [text, cartographic image, volume]
Author
Bailly, Jean-Christophe, author
 
Uniform Title Monde sur une feuille. English
Edition First edition. 
Description New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2019] 
208 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 x 32 cm 
ISBN 9781616898236 (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
1616898232 (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
Summary

This is the first book to catalog comparative maps and tableaux that visualize the heights and lengths of the world's mountains and rivers. Produced predominantly in the nineteenth century, these beautifully rendered maps emerged out of the tide of exploration and scientific developments in measuring techniques. Beginning with the work of explorer Alexander von Humboldt, these historic drawings reveal a world of artistic and imaginative difference. Many of them give way-and with visible joy-to the power of fantasy in a mesmerizing array of realistic and imaginary forms. Most of the maps are from the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection at Stanford University.

Full contents
  • The great measuring of the world / Jean-Christophe Bailly
  • Portraits of groups: Nineteenth-century tableaux of mountains and rivers / Gilles Palsky and Jean-Marc Besse
  • Speak to the mind and the imagination: Humboldt's Tableau
  • The world's highest mountains
  • The world's longest rivers
  • Mountains and rivers in contrast
  • Thirst for comparison: Islands, lakes, waterfalls, and monuments
  • Comparing scales
  • The horizontal and the vertical.
 
Notes

"Translation of the French edition by Michelle Bailat-Jones"--Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Translated from the French.

Subjects Atlases -- History -- 19th century.  |  Mountain mapping -- History -- 19th century.  |  Stream mapping -- History -- 19th century.  |  Prints, European -- 19th century -- Themes, motives.  |  Mountains in art.  |  Rivers in art.
Other authors/contributors Besse, Jean-Marc, author  |  Grand, Philippe, 1945- author  |  Palsky, Gilles, author

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