DEGREES OF LATITUDE, MAPPING COLONIAL AMERICA. Margaret Beck Pritchard, Henry G. Taliaferro.


  • Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation/Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
  • small 4to.
  • cloth, dust jacket
  • xi+(i), 434, (2) pages
  • ISBN: 0810935392

Price: $40.00  other currencies

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A fine copy. Issued as a title in the Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series. Degrees of Latitude analyzes the inspiration behind the production of maps, atlases, and charts, discusses what they reveal about the history of the American nation, and explains why they were important to the people who owned them. The text is divided into two parts: the first two essays explore what maps reveal about how land was settled and distributed in colonial America and illuminate the prominent role they played in defining a colonial gentleman. Detailed studies of 73 maps discuss their relevance at the time they were made and the persons involved in their creation. Part two is a case study of one of the most important objects in the Williamsburg collection: the rare survival of an atlas owned by John Custis of Williamsburg; these maps, many catalogued in detail, provide insight into the taste, ideas and aspirations of an influential Virginian and furnish the framework for a discussion of the English map trade in the late 17th century. The majority of works selected for Degrees of Latitude are among the best and most beautiful maps of English and European holdings in America produced in the 17th and 18th centuries. llustrated with 283 maps and prints, including 159 plates in full color. From the private reference library of Dorothy Sloan with a commemorative bookplate loosely inserted.