On the Map

On the Map

Why the World Looks the Way It Does

Book - 2012
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From Mappa Mundi to Myst the bestselling "Just My Type" author turns his gaze to maps. Maps have the most amazing stories and Simon Garfield is the perfect author to tell them. This is a book that will inspire mapophiles but engage even those of us who stare blankly at an OS pathfinder's hieroglyphs. Just as Garfield found the magic in fonts, here he creates compelling narratives on everything from the challenge of mapping the oceans tospellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Churchill's crucial war maps to the lay-out of a Monopoly board, from crime maps to music maps, from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds. En route, there are 'map-break' tales on Michelin and railway maps, how to fold a map maps of places that never existed, a London A-Z from 1677 and the weirdness of videogame mapping. "On The Map" will explain where we've been, how we got there and where we're going.
Publisher: London : Profile, 2012.
ISBN: 9781846685095
1846685095
Branch Call Number: 912 GAR
Characteristics: 464 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"Where would we be without maps? Probably lost and confused. Simon Garfield, the award-winning author who examined fonts in Just My Type, explores just how important cartography is in witty, highly readable style in On the Map. Ranging from ancient to modern times, Garfield discusses the fir... Read More »


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ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"Where would we be without maps? Probably lost and confused. Simon Garfield, the award-winning author who examined fonts in Just My Type, explores just how important cartography is in witty, highly readable style in On the Map. Ranging from ancient to modern times, Garfield discusses the first century Geographica, the c.1290 Hereford Mappa Mundi, maps in movies, maps to movie stars' homes, apps, and Google maps. He also examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilisation, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history in a book chock full of engaging cartography anecdotes. Though this isn't a travelogue, it does offer travellers "an engrossing, endlessly fascinating" (Booklist) look at an indispensable travel tool. For more on maps, try Ken Jennings' Maphead or Jerry Brotton's A History of the World in 12 Maps." Armchair Travel February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/65a45623-29d8-4930-a050-7045f18b95cf?postId=fbfe1dbc-f888-4b7d-a453-8350c366f628

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