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On The Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does

On The Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does

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On The Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does

On The Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does

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Product Overview

Product No:
280507
Author:
Simon Garfield
Publisher:
Profile Books
ISBN:
9781846685095
Edition:
1st Edition
Edition Date:
October 2012
Pages:
464
Size:
142 x 223 x 39 mm
Weight:
643 g
Format:
Hardcover
Sales Rank:
1827 (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Mappa Mundi to Google Maps - the bestselling Just My Type author turns his gaze to maps.

Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history.

His compelling narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of Monopoly and Skyrim, and from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds. En route, there are 'pocket map' tales on dragons and undergrounds, a nineteenth century murder map, the research conducted on the different ways that men and women approach a map, and an explanation of the curious long-term cartographic role played by animals.

On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going.

'Delightful. If maps be the fuel of wanderlust, read on.'
- Dava Sobel, author of Longitude.

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