- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Viking Studio (October 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142005258
- ISBN-13: 978-0142005255
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities Paperback – October 29, 2009
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It is a remarkable collection. There are maps showing California as an island, of what Africa might have looked like if Germany had won its wars, of countries that never were, of countries that wanted to be bigger than they were, of a proposed reorganization of the U.S. into 38 states, and many more. Some are scary, some funny, some puzzling, some enlightening. Each map has enough background to make it comprehensible.
In the process of enjoying the maps, one learns things. There are islands of Germany surrounded by Belgium. Before the introduction of standard time zones, railroad timetables were much more complicated than they are today. And did you ever wonder why part of Delaware's border is a curve?
This is one of those books that is a pleasure to browse through. One can read it bit by bit, learning something every time.
If you like maps, you'll love this book.
Ther is a map of the Land of Oz which is pretty cool. Several early American and colonial era maps have their conversation points. The photographs of some maps are small, and reading the details can be tedious at times. My favourite map is one showing what Europe would like like had Nazi Germany won WWII. Scary, yet very intriguing.
The future is also shown. There are two maps showing the moon walks of Apollo 11 and 12. A fold out map of Mars's moon Deimos reminds us that we are now mapping extra terrestrial locations. A map of Titan's (as of yet) unnamed liquid methane lake is just beyond amazing.
Why would someone use a 12pt font that uses up all the real estate on the page, then squeeze the map on like it's an afterthought - people who buy this book purchased it because they are interested in the MAPS. Some of the images are just plain blurry - and the maps with very little detail fill the 9.25x11" format, yet the maps with the most detail are less than 5x3" - no wonder the preview of this book only shows the front and back.
I could never get away with a finished product like this at work.
The book is nether particularly informative nor interesting. As a lover of cartography or as someone who is just curious to learn more about the world from a map-makers perspective, you'll not be impressed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this book as one of two books about maps to give as Christmas gifts to a man who reads books about maps for sheer entertainment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frances E. Barrack
I bought this as a xmas present but ended up reading it cover-to-cover before wrapping it. It's a neat book if you like this sort of thing.Published 13 months ago by Davm
My gf is a cartographer and she loves this book. Very interesting maps!Published 13 months ago by Exit Fairway
A great collection of odd maps of real and imagined spaces. It is great to experience how much our thoughts can shift by simply looking at what we think we know and understand... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by G. Moody