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on October 24, 2013
Great variety of maps..different time periods..lots of color plates (a must for me). Nice size. Hours of enjoyment. Beats so many others I have purchased in the past
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on September 8, 2013
This book contains primarily historical maps with descriptions. The descriptions associated with each map added interesting information. Its contents are ordered chronologically, and one can trace the growing sophistication of geograpicial knowledge as one pages through the book
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on September 13, 2017
outstanding
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on January 31, 2015
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.
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on August 21, 2016
This is a fascinating book! I gave it to many son as a gift and he was enthralled!
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on April 17, 2014
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!
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on December 23, 2014
Got this as a gift for my boyfriend, and he loves it! It has lots of information and high quality pictures.
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on January 13, 2017
Beautiful book with great information.
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on May 15, 2012
If you love historical maps, this is a good starting point. A couple of hundred maps are presented; one page for the map and one for the text. Other reviewers have described the content further so I will just focus on what I perceived as weaknesses:
- Better resolution should have been used for printing. At least the hard cover edition should have been printed so well that one could use a magnifying glass to get more information. Still the resolution is better than similar books printed in the 90s.
- A bit too many maps prior to 1700, around half the book.
- A very UK-centric approach for the last 3-400 years. The French were producing maps very early (not covered), the Germans had great maps with interesting typography 100 years ago (not covered), the Russians have produced very odd maps, like the one's given to soldiers (not covered), and the Japanese also have interesting maps (not covered).
- The text is short and descriptive but not insightful. The book The Image of the World: 20 Centuries of World Maps has a much more insightful text. So that is the book you should read to better understand world maps.

If you want a coffee table book for the thinking person, this is a great choice. Four stars.
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on April 12, 2014
The book is outstanding. Great history of maps. Beautifully printed and illustrated. High quality from cover to cover.

Amazon, however, needs to improve their shipping on book orders. On this particular book it was placed in a box that allowed it to move around. As a result, the books cover was banged up a bit by the time it got to me. I haven't taken the time to return it, because I don't have time to deal with it.....so I'll complain instead. Amazon prime is a good deal by the way. Love the company otherwise. Just feel they need to wrap up their books more completely. Shrink wrap on all books is the best way to protect them.
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