On the Map

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

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 149.86 x 205.74 x 43.18mm | 635.03g
  • GOTHAM BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 159240779X
  • 9781592407798
  • 369,064

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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."

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