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'Journey over all the universe in a map, without the expense and fatigue of traveling, without suffering the inconveniences of heat, cold, hunger, and thirst.' --Miguel de Cervantes, in Don Quixote
From the earliest of times, maps have fired our imaginations and helped us make sense of our world, from the global to the very local. Head of Map Collections at the British Library, Peter Barber has here compiled an historic and lavish atlas, charting the progress of civilization as our knowledge of the world expanded.
Simply organized as a progression through time, The Map Book collects some 175 maps that span four millennia - from the famed prehistoric Bedolina (Italy) incision in rock from around 1500 B.C. to the most modern, digitally enhanced rendering. Many of the maos are beautiful works of art in their own right. From Europe to the Americas, Africa to Asia, north to south, there are maps of oceans and continents charted by heroic adventurers sailing into the unknown, as accounts spread of new discoveries, shadowy continents begin to appear n the margins of the world, often labeled 'unknown lands.' Other maps had a more practical use: some demarcated national boundaries or individual plots of land; military plans depicted enemy positions; propaganda treatises showed one country or faction at an advantage over others.
So much history resides in each map--cultural, mythological, navigational--expressing the unlimited extent of human imagination. This is captured in the accompanying texts--mini essays by leading map historians--that are as vivid and insightful as the maps themselves. They make The Map Book as much a volume to be read as to be visually admired.
Excellent copy fast delivery have been after this book for agesPublished 5 months ago by Halina Lipski
Excellent compilation. Unfortunately, the scale of the format does require using a magnifying glass when looking at the maps. The comments are cogent and at times, entertaining.Published 6 months ago by Charles Morrison
Got this as a gift for my boyfriend, and he loves it! It has lots of information and high quality pictures.Published 7 months ago by Stephanie
I am retired military (Army Special Forces) and I have a Masters in History (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and I am a map and cartography nut. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Virgil Stone
This was a gift and he just loves it! He keeps pulling it out and it is a great coffee table books.
Many good conversations have resulted from adding this to the library!
The book is outstanding. Great history of maps. Beautifully printed and illustrated. High quality from cover to cover. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peter
Thinking this was sort of like an Atlas, but it isn't. Maps of ancient places, ancient cultures, mapped out territories of the monarchy, it goes on and on. Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. Jutzin