On the Map

On the Map

A Mind-expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

Book - 2013
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Penguin Putnam
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of Just My Typereveals 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 mappingnot languageis 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 historyand 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 lovedJust My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.


Baker & Taylor
The award-winning author of Just My Type examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history in an account that also shares engaging cartography stories and map lore.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781592407798
Branch Call Number: 912.09 GAR
Characteristics: 464 p. :,ill., maps (some col.) ;,22 cm.

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JCLKatieS Jan 25, 2016

Although interesting, the book is a bit tedious and I stopped reading after about 100 pages.

ser_library Jun 28, 2013

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

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john1933
May 19, 2013

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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