Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities

Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities

by Frank Jacobs

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An intriguing collection of more than one hundred out-of-the-ordinary maps, blending art, history, and pop culture for a unique atlas of humanity

Spanning many centuries, all continents, and the realms of outer space and the imagination, this collection of 138 unique graphics combines beautiful full-color illustrations with quirky statistics and smart social commentary. The result is a distinctive illustrated guide to the world. Categories of cartographic curiosities include: ? Literary Creations, featuring a map of Thomas More?s Utopia and the world of George Orwell?s 1984

? Cartographic Misconceptions, such as a lavish seventeenthcentury map depicting California as an island
? Political Parody, containing the ?Jesusland map? and other humorous takes on voter profiles
? Whatchamacallit, including a map of the area codes for regions where the rapper Ludacris sings about having ?hoes?
? Obscure Proposals, capturing Thomas Jefferson?s vision for dividing the Northwest Territory into ten states with names such as Polypotamia and Assenisipia
? Fantastic Maps, with a depiction of what the globe might look like if the sea and land were inverted

The Strange Maps blog has been named by GeekDad Blog on Wired.com ?one of the more unusual and unique sites seen on the Web that doesn?t sell anything or promote an agenda? and it?s currently ranked #423 on Technorati?s Top 500 Blogs.

Brimming with trivia, deadpan humor, and idiosyncratic lore, Strange Maps is a fascinating tour of all things weird and wonderful in the world of cartography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142005255
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Jacobs loves maps but finds most atlases too predictable. He collects and comments on all kinds of cartographic curiosa. A journalist and writer, he hosts the blog Strange Maps. He lives in London.

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dieseltaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
in a world where geography - in its plainest form the position of countries realtive to each other - is often not taught, this is a a blast of interesting air. incidental history, graphic art, and humour must surely make it more interesting to the general public!!!
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terrific collection of -- just as it says -- strange maps, from the eponymous website. A few are deliberately offbeat, but most appear to be entirely serious in intent.. The mapped regions go from Manhattan to the largest moon Saturn, and the topics mapped from straight (sort of) geography to French kisses. Any map devotee will love this one, and it will also appeal to devotees of the unusual. Great Xmas gift for the right person.
timtom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jacobs' Strange Maps blog is a treasure trove for map lovers, and his book gives his eclectic collection full credit. Imaginary lands, cartographic misconceptions, political maps, parodies, geographic oddities and, well, simply 'strange' maps all find a place here. Discover the world's most intricate enclave system (sporting the only occurrence of a counter-counter-enclave known to man), explore how major religions envision a soul's path through life and beyond, learn why gerrymandering is called like that and shiver through Hitler's world domination maps all between the covers of this atlas of extremes.
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Wonderful insight and research into a fascinating subject. I find myself returning to it often.
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