On The Map : Why the world looks the way it does
by Simon Garfield
Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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Maps to fascinate usThey graph our understanding of the world and the diary of our progress, but above all they tell our stories.From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how the maps relate to each other and realign our history, with a pair of dragons maps, Mars, murders and more, with many illustrations and engravings to mark out the road.His interesting narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from magnificent treasure maps to the designation of America, from the Ordnance Survey to the mapping of Monopoly and Skyrim, and from rare dealer map to fraud cartography.On the way, there is from the pocket of the map ” tales about dragons and subway stations, from a nineteenth-century murder à la carte, to research carried out on the different ways in which men and women approach a map, and an explanation of the curious long-term cartographic role played by animalsOn The Map is a humorous and irrepressible examination of where we have been, how we are there and where we are going.”DeliciousIf wanderlust fuel cards, read more”From the foreword by Dava Sobel, author of Longitude
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