Rural Images: Estate Maps in the Old and New Worlds (The Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography)

By: Buisseret, David

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Just when private property materialized as an important social institution, a new kind of map appeared--the estate map. Prepared for private owners rather than national powers, these maps have been a little-studied strain of cadastral mapping until now. Here a group of leading historians--Sarah Bendall, David Buisseret, P. D. A. Harvey, and B. W. Higman--follow the spread of estate maps from their origin in England around 1570 to colonial America, the British Caribbean, and early modern Europe.
Generously illustrated with reproductions of rare manuscripts, including 8 color plates, these accounts reveal how estate maps performed vital economic and cultural functions for property owners until the end of the nineteenth century. From plans of plantations in Jamaica and South Carolina to a map of Queens College, Cambridge, handsome examples show that estate maps formed an important part of the historical record of property ownership for both individuals and corporations, and helped owners manage their land and appraise its value. Exhibited in public places for pleasure and as symbols of wealth, they often displayed elaborate cartouches and elegant coats-of-arms.

Title: Rural Images: Estate Maps in the Old and New Worlds (The Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography)

Author Name: Buisseret, David

Categories: Real Estate,

Publisher: University of Chicago Press:

ISBN Number: 0226079902

ISBN Number 13: 9780226079905

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0226079902Z2

Description: 0226079902 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the dust jacket and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!