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  • ISBN: 9780226079905
  • ISBN10: 0226079902

Rural Images Estate Maps in the Old and New Worlds

by David Buisseret

  • List Price: $75.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/1996
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Description: Quite suddenly, a new way of delineating the countryside emerged in Tudor England - the estate map. Usually drawn by trained surveyors, these finely executed maps showed the lands of a single estate at a scale large enough to detail individual fields with their names, buildings with their functions, and roads, as well as a variety of vegetation. These maps, commissioned by private landowners interested in maximizing rents and assigning land to its most profitable use, tell us much about early modern agrarian economies in Europe and the New World. In Rural Images, 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, and link them to the social and economic contexts in which they were found. As David Buisseret points out in his introduction to the volume, this linkage is crucial to the study of estate maps, which cannot be understood apart from the social and economic circumstances that gave rise to them - and that also led to their demise by the end of the nineteenth century. From plans of plantations in Jamaica and South Carolina to a map of Queens College, Cambridge, the many handsome illustrations 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. But these hand-drawn maps, often displaying elaborate cartouches and elegant coats of arms, served as far more than mere records of property ownership - they were treasured works of art, exhibited for pleasure and as symbols of wealth,and passed down from generation to generation. With its careful tracing of the origin and spread of a specific type of map emerging from certain well-defined economic and social structures, Rural Images will interest not only historians of cartography, but also historians of agriculture and of the early modern economy in general, from Tudor England to nineteenth-century South Carolina.
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xii, 184 pp, with index, b/w illustrations. Previous owner's name on front
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