On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World LooksPaperback ALA Notable Books for Adults
- Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 204mm x 32mm | 520g
- Publication date: 5 November 2013
- ISBN 10: 1592407803
- ISBN 13: 9781592407804
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 383,330
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of the "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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Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of nonfiction including "Just My Type." He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.
Praise for "Just My Type" "This is a smart, funny, accessible book that does for typography what Lynne Truss's best-selling "Eats, Shoots & Leaves "did for punctuation: made it noticeable for people who had no idea they were interested in such things." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times " "An engaging look at the world of fonts. [...] "Just My Type" urges us to put on the brakes and take in the scenery as far as typography goes. Whether you're a graphic designer or a layperson with no background in this area, reading what Garfield has to say will change the way you perceive the written word forever." "--The Los Angeles Times " "Reading Simon Garfield's "Just My Type" can transform your daily life into an endless quest for knowledge of the typefaces in which signs, books, magazines, newspapers, etc. are set." "--The Washington Post" "Highly entertaining ... Garfield takes readers on a rollicking tour of the world of typography, from book jackets to road signs, TV shows to computers." "--USA Today " "A deliriously clever and entertaining book" "--The Boston Globe" "Informative, delightful -- and essential reading for word geeks everywhere." "--The Seattle Times " "Lively [...] intriguing [...] a cheeky book about the human side and our reaction to fonts." "--Seattle Post Intelligencer " "This is a book for typography lovers who just can't get enough of their favorite fonts. In this well-researched book, Garfield takes a look back at the history of typefaces and how they've influenced consumers throughout the years. Using specific examples, Garfield shows just how powerful different fonts can be." "--Philadelphia Intelligencer " "For typomaniacs [...] who can't rest until they've identified a font, Garfield's engaging history of letter design will be eye candy." --NPR.org "Irresistable." --The Huffington Post "Garfield's romping history (with mu