The Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Date Published: 2015
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 43600
272 pp. Quarto [29 cm]; full blue cloth covered boards, gold stamping to spine. Illustrated dust jacket.
From the publisher: "From their earliest days on the American frontier through their growth into a worldwide church, the spatially expansive Mormons made maps to help them create idealized communities, migrate to and colonize large parts of the American West, visualize the stories in their sacred texts, and spread their message internationally through a well-organized missionary system. This book identifies many Mormon mapmakers who played an important but heretofore unsung role in charting the course of Latter-day Saint history. For Mormons, maps had and continue to have both practical and spiritual significance. In addition to using maps to help build their new Zion and to explore the Intermountain West, Latter-day Saint mapmakers used them to depict locations and events described in the Book of Mormon. Featuring over one hundred historical maps reproduced in full color—many never before published—The Mapmakers of New Zion sheds new light on Mormonism and takes readers on a fascinating journey through maps as both historical documents and touchstones of faith."