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Mapping Cities:
Boston University Art Gallery January 14-February 25, 2000

by Naomi Miller

ISBN 1881450139 / 9781881450139 / 1-881450-13-9
Publisher Boston University Art Gallery
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Mapping Cities charts both the development of urban planning in seven cities -- Jerusalem, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Boston, and New York -- and changes in mapmaking since the 15th century.

Despite the ubiquity of city maps, urban cartography is a relatively recent discipline, quite distinct from the field of urban history. This book emphasizes the city map as a bearer of information and a graphic means of communication. It illustrates several little-known maps, including a never before published 1598 map of Jerusalem, an 1858 lithograph of New York in an orb, and a poster for the Tate Gallery advertising the London transport system. Also included are acknowledged landmarks such as Nolli's 1748 map of Rome, the Turgot map of Paris featuring detailed images of 18th-century Parisian life, and the McIntyre map of Boston. [via]