On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

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By (author) MR Simon Garfield

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  • Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 206mm x 43mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 27 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 159240779X
  • ISBN 13: 9781592407798
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 318,301

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Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of "Just My Type "reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map. Simon Garfield's "Just My Type "illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps. Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping--not language--is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers' maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history--and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human. Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing "pocket maps" on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, "On the Map "is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield's signature narrative flair. Map-obsessives and everyone who loved "Just My Type "will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.

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Praise for ON THE MAP: "A vivid foray into the romance of maps. [...] A fine, fun presentation of the brand of cartography that continues to whet our imaginations."