The Phantom Atlas : The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps
by Edward Brooke-hitching
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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A ILLUSTRATED INCROYABLE BOOK BY REVIVING THE GREAT MYTHS, MONTHS AND ERRORS ON THE “Highly Recommended” CARDS – Andrew Marr’ A spectacular, pleasant and open eyes read” – Jonathan RossThe Ghost of the Atlas is an atlas of the world is not like it has ever existed, but as it has never existed before.These wonderful and mysterious ghosts – non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilizations and other fictional geography, have all, at various times, presented as facts, on maps and atlases.This book is a collection of striking old maps that display the most erroneous mapping, with each illustration accompanied by history behind it.Exploration, Mapping and Mythology all come together to create a colorful tapestry of monsters, heroes and volcanoes; crooks, mirages and murderers.Sometimes the stories are almost impossible to believe, and remarkably, some errors were still on display in the maps published in the 21st century.Throughout most of the 19th century, more than 40 different cartographers including the Kong Mountains, a wide range of peaks stretching across the continent of Africa, in their maps – but it was only in 1889, when Louis Gustave Binger revealed the whole to be a forgery.For centuries, the explorers, who led to Patagonia returned with stories of giants they had met and who lived there, some of them nine feet tall.Then there was Gregor MacGregor, a Scottish explorer who returned to London to sell shares in a land he had discovered in South America.He had been named Cazique de Poyais, and received many honours by the king of this heavenly paradise.Now he was offering others the chance to join him and make a fortune there, too, once they had paid him a fee for their passage.The Ghost of the Atlas is a beautiful volume produced, packed with superb maps and drawings of places and people who never existed before.The remarkable stories behind them all are brilliantly told by Edward Brooke-Attelage
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