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On the Map

A Mind-expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
Garfield, Simon (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
On the Map

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Examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history, and shares engaging cartography stories and map lore.
Authors: Garfield, Simon
Statement of Responsibility: Simon Garfield
Title: On the map
a mind-expanding exploration of the way the world looks
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, ©2013
Characteristics: 464 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Notes: Col. maps on lining papers
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 446-448) and index
Contents: For the love of maps : foreword / by Dava Sobel
Introduction : the map that wrote itself
What great minds knew
The men who sold the world
The world takes shape
Venice, China and a trip to the moon
The mystery of Vinland
Welcome to Amerigo
What's the good of Mercator?
The world in a book
Mapping a cittee (without forder troble)
Six increasingly coordinated tales of the Ordnance Survey
The legendary mountains of Kong
The opening of America and the gridding of Manhattan
Cholera and the map that stopped it
"X" marks the spot : Treasure island
The worst journey in the world to the last place to be mapped
Maps in all our hands : a brief history of the guidebook
Casablanca, Harry Potter and where Jennifer Aniston lives
How to make a very big globe
The biggest map dealer, the biggest map thief
Driving into lakes : how GPS put the world in a box
Pass go and proceed directly to Skyrim
Mapping the brain
Epilogue : the instant, always-on, me-mapping of everywhere
Summary: Examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history, and shares engaging cartography stories and map lore.
Subject Headings: Cartography History Cartography Social aspects Maps Social aspects Map reading Maps Miscellanea
Topical Term: Cartography
Map reading
ISBN: 9781592407798
Branch Call Number: 912.09 G
Research Call Number: JFD 13-2054
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Jun 28, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

written in an informal and chatty style with many (b&w poor quality) illustrations, there is interesting info about maps and mapmaking on every page

May 19, 2013
  • john1933 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A darn good read Takes one from a stick scratching in the sand to show where hunting might be good, right down to the present. Easy read. Some humor which is always apt. Many bits of information----such as how the "Lighthouse" Stevenson, related to Robert Louis, named a number of islands off the coast of Scotland. Garfield's Just My Type is just as good a read


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