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    On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does (Hardback) By (author) Simon Garfield

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    DescriptionMaps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history, with pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more, with plenty of illustrations and prints to signpost the route. His compelling narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of Monopoly and Skyrim, and from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds. En route, there are 'pocket map' tales on dragons and undergrounds, a nineteenth century murder map, the research conducted on the different ways that men and women approach a map, and an explanation of the curious long-term cartographic role played by animals. On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going. "Delightful. If maps be the fuel of wanderlust, read on." From the foreword by Dava Sobel, author of Longitude.

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    On the Map
    Why the World Looks the Way it Does
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Garfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 604 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846685095
    ISBN 10: 1846685095

    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16630
    BIC subject category V2: HBTP
    Libri: ENGM4530
    BISAC V2.8: REF002000, REF000000
    Libri: KART9000, KART9200, P0041478
    DC23: 912.09
    Illustrations note
    60 ills
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    04 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Simon Garfield is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of non-fiction, including the international bestseller, Just My Type - A Book About Fonts, and a trilogy of edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive. He lives in London and St Ives, with old maps lining the walls.
    Review quote
    'Delightful. If maps be the fuel of wanderlust, read on' -- From the foreword by Dava Sobel, author of Longitude.