On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks

by Simon Garfield
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On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592407804
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 518,160
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of nonfiction including Just My Type. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.

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On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GrandpaGuy More than 1 year ago
This should have been an interesting book. I've been a map freak since the fifties. Perhaps reading about maps isn't the same as reading a map? Mr Garfield had plenty of good stories about maps, but they didn't ring my chimes. This was the fifth book out of six that I read while on vacation, was that one too many?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed most of the chapters and the book over all. A good read for map lovers as well as history fans.
MayaMA More than 1 year ago
I rushed out an bought this at a BN store and stopped reading after the first 100 or so pages. The text was interesting, informative and amusing, but the maps to which he referred were illegible. This was extremely disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift to a friend and he was very pleased to receive it.