The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps

The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps

by Edward Brooke-Hitching

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Discover the mysteries within ancient maps — Where exploration and mythology meet

This richly illustrated book collects and explores the colorful histories behind a striking range of real antique maps that are all in some way a little too good to be true.

Mysteries within ancient maps: The Phantom Atlas is a guide to the world not as it is, but as it was imagined to be. It's a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases through mistakes, misunderstanding, fantasies, and outright lies.

Where exploration and mythology meet: Author Edward Brooke-Hitching is a map collector, author, writer for the popular BBC Television program QI and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London investigating the places where exploration and mythology meet.

Cartography’s greatest phantoms: The Phantom Atlas uses gorgeous atlas images as springboards for tales of deranged buccaneers, seafaring monks, heroes, swindlers, and other amazing stories behind cartography's greatest phantoms.

If you are a fan of this popular genre and a reader of books such as Prisoners of Geography, Atlas of Ancient Rome, Atlas Obscura, What If, Book of General Ignorance, or Thing Explainer, your will love The Phantom Atlas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452168449
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 12,809
File size: 58 MB
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About the Author

Edward Brooke-Hitching is an author, documentary filmmaker, and incurable cartophile. The son of an antiquarian book dealer, he lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Strait of Anian 12

Antillia 18

Atlantis 24

Aurora Islands 30

Australia's Inland Sea 34

Bermeja 38

Bradley Land 42

Buss Island 46

City of the Caesars 50

Sea Monsters of the Carta Marina 54

Island of California 64

Cassiterides 68

Crocker Land 70

Croker's Mountains 76

Davis Land 80

Isle of Demons 84

Dougherty Island 88

Earthly Paradise 92

El Dorado 98

Flat Earth 102

Fonseca 106

Formosa (of George Psalmanazar) 110

Fusang 114

Gamaland and Compagnies Land 118

Great Ireland 122

Great River of the West 124

Groclant 128

Hy Brasil 130

Java La Grande 134

Juan De Lisboa 140

Lost City Of The Kalahari 142

Mountains Of Kong 146

Korea as an Island 150

Lost Continents of Lemuria and Mu 152

Maria Theresa Reef 156

Mayda 158

Mountains of the Moon 162

Lands of Benjamin Morrell 166

Norumbega 170

Creatures of the Nuremberg Chronicle Map 174

Patagonian Giants 182

Pepys Island 186

Territory Of Poyais 190

Kingdom of Prester John 194

Rhipaean Mountains 198

Rupes Nigra 200

St Brendan's Island 202

Sandy Island, New Caledonia 206

Sannikov Land 208

Satanazes 210

Saxenburgh Island 212

Sea of the West 216

Taprobana 220

Terra Australis 224

Thule 230

Sunken City of Vineta 234

Wak-Wak 238

Phantom Lands of the Zeno Map 240

Select Bibliography 246

Index 248

Acknowledgements and Credits 255

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