Rick Britton is a Virginia-based historian with a passion for illustrating maps. While still a teenager he got hooked on antique cartography—how the various types of lettering and terrain symbols call to mind a far distant era. This hobby evolved into a sideline and eventually a business. He has now been inking maps for publication for over a quarter century.

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Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler

By Rick Britton

Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler by Rick Britton is a captivating collection of essays on Thomas Jefferson's multi-faceted life. An award-winning historical journalist, Britton has been writing about Jefferson and Monticello for well over a decade. Based largely upon that work, this book delves deeply into Jefferson’s unbounded curiosity and reveals much about his eclectic nature.

"Rick Britton certainly knows a lot about Thomas Jefferson. And what Britton knows comes not only from archival sources but also because—as Charlottesville resident and local historian—he has walked where Jefferson walked. Britton, moreover, writes remarkably well and tells these stories charmingly."
—Alan Pell Crawford, author of Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson

“The entire book makes great reading...This is a smoothly written, well researched collection of essays...”
—Marc Leepson, author of Saving Monticello: One Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built
“Rick Britton has his own voice and he writes with grace and finesse. His style is at once easy to read—journalistic or popular—yet grounded in solid and thorough research. The results of his jaunts into the past are for the reader insightful and delightful vignettes of one of America’s most extraordinary   individuals. This is a book of gems.”
—From the Foreword by Frank Grizzard, author of George! A Guide to All Things Washington & The Ways of Providence, Religion &   George Washington

Rick Britton is available for book signings and speaking engagements. Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (Mariner Publishing, 226 pp, $19.95, paper) can be purchased at better book stores, from Virginia Bord and Bred, and from on-line book retailers Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Buy.com, Tower.com, and Target.com.

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