Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings that Created the United States Spiral-Bound | July 6, 2021
Jean-Pierre Isbouts, Neal Asbury
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Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings that Created the United States
The story of the exploration and birth of America is told afresh through the unique prism of hand-colored maps and engravings of the period.
Before photography and television, it was printed and hand-colored maps that brought home the thrill of undiscovered lands and the possibilities of exploration, while guiding armies on all sides through the Indian Wars and the clashes of the American Revolution. Only by looking through the prism of these maps, can we truly understand how and why America developed the way it did.
Mapping America illuminates with scene-setting text and more than 150 color images—from the exotic and fanciful maps of Renaissance explorers to the magnificent maps of the Golden Age and the thrilling battle-maps and charts of the American Revolutionary War, in addition to paintings from the masters of eighteenth century art, scores of photographs, and detailed diagrams.
In total, this informative and lushly illustrated volume developed by rare maps collector Neal Asbury, host of “Neal Asbury’s Made in America,” and National Geographic historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts offers a new and immersive look at the ambition, the struggle, and the glory that attended and defined the exploration and making of America.
“Antiquarian maps from the 1400s onward reveal historical Western notions of geography and image reproduction, central in the founding of this country.” —New York Times
"The continents reveal themselves slowly in wild and vividly flamboyant illustrations that resonate like the creation of literary fantasy." —The Bowery Boys
“A fresh, well-informed addition to the literature devoted to early American history.” —Kirkus Reviews
Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a historian, doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University, and the author of ten books, including The Biblical World, In the Footsteps of Jesus, and The Story of Christianity, which have together sold nearly two million copies, and The Da Vinci Legacy and The Dalí Legacy. Dr. Isbouts has been on numerous radio and TV shows and is the host of the TV series In Search of Masterpieces. He has directed several programs for Disney, ABC, Hallmark, and the History Channel, working with actors such as Leonard Nimoy, Charlton Heston, Dick Van Dyke, and Morgan Freeman, and produced recordings with orchestras around the world. Dr. Isbouts lives in Santa Monica, California.