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The Mississippi in Maps [Hardcover]

Robert J. Holland

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Book Description

1 Nov 2008
In The Mississippi River in Maps & Views more than eighty glorious full-color maps dating from as early as 1544 celebrate "Ol' Man River," this profound artery at the heart of America, and the extraordinary cities that grew up on its shores, including New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Beautifully drawn maps document Fernando de Soto's explorations and "discovery" of the river, as well as those of the Marquett and Joliet Expeditions. Other maps present key moments along the Mississippi in times of war (The French and Indian War, The War of 1812, The Civil War). More recent though equally artful maps and charts seek a scientific understanding of the river toward an end of controlling it, and gorgeous bird's-eye views ultimately extol the river's beauty and its environs above all else. A consideration of the Mississippi and its history as a major highway toward America's discovery of itself, through a comprehensive selection of the most beautiful maps dealing with it, will give new insight to the complex--sometimes nostalgic, sometimes practical--relationship of this country to its most storied river.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (1 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830718
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 23.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is perfect for the history buff on your list....In addition to correcting my history, I just love looking at the maps. Most are more like works of art and a far cry from today's ultilitarian versions." "Southern Accents

""A consideration of the Mississippi and its history gives insight into the complex-sometimes nostalgic, sometimes practical-relationship of this country to its most storied river." "Minnesota Outdoor News"

."..a reminder of how maps can be works of art. This volume includes more than 80 full-color maps, from 1524 onward, with special attention to river exploration and its importance in times of war. And then there are those glorious bird's-eye views." "The Times-Picayune"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible! 1 Feb 2012
By ZoneIII - Published on Amazon.com
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I simply cannot believe that such a high-quality book is selling for this price. It must be that since it covers a specialized subject, it is an unknown treasure. I have had an interest in anything to do with the Mississippi River for many years and I have a large collection of books on the subject but this is the most visually stunning of all. In fact, the maps are produced in such stunning quality that it serves as an art book as well as a history of the river. This is a large and heavy book with incredibly thick, velvety and luxurious pages that reveals the almost unreal beauty and detail of the amazing collection of maps Mr. Holland has chosen to include. The detail of some of them is simply out of this world, appearing to be almost etched, and the colors of some of them leap off the page and almost look three dimensional. As you turn the pages, prepare to be stunned. Keep in mind, these are original maps, some going back several hundred years, reproduced with no-compromise quality. Some are nothing less than works of art. If you have any interest in the Mississippi River, history, or incredible beauty and craftsmanship, just get this book. You will not be disappointed!. Mr Holland has done an incredible job of putting together this collection in such a high-quality format. Simply amazing! If you read my other reviews, you will see that, although I like to praise fine books and products, I don't think I have ever praised a book as much as this one. Just get it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but 23 Jan 2013
By J D Heinemann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful book at a bargain price - I assume it is cheap as it was published just before Katrina which would make quite a lot of outdated as soon as it was printed. The maps are amazing but many are reproduced at such a small scale that it is really hard to appreciate them. It really needed a fold out format for the bigger maps so you can study them in detail. The text is OK - I assume the author is more of an expert on maps than the Mississippi as the historical stuff is pretty much boiled down from standard text books. In short bigger pictures and less words would have made this a fantastic book
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nicely done book 17 Jan 2014
By aquablue - Published on Amazon.com
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A very nice book, well done with heavy paper. Very nice maps throughout the book. Lots of history to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mississippi River in Maps and Views 19 Sep 2013
By Linda Gasper - Published on Amazon.com
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I am sending this book to a friend in northern England who thinks that the Mississippi is used for commercial reasons only. He was surprised to learn that it is also a beautiful recreation area in places and the many town/cities that surround its banks are so interesting to visit. This is a good book for the history and places to go visit if yuou so desire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mississippi River in maps 5 Oct 2012
By alex - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a gift, so I can only rate it on what I read from other recommendations. It looks like it would be very informative and educational.
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