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On the map : a mind-expanding exploration of the way the world looks

Author: Simon Garfield
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, ©2013.
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Examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history, and shares engaging cartography stories and map lore.
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Garfield
ISBN: 9781592407798 : 159240779X
OCLC Number: 795167619
Notes: Col. maps on lining papers.
Description: 464 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Contents: For the love of maps : foreword / by Dava Sobel --
Introduction : the map that wrote itself --
What great minds knew --
The men who sold the world --
The world takes shape --
Venice, China and a trip to the moon --
The mystery of Vinland --
Welcome to Amerigo --
What's the good of Mercator? --
The world in a book --
Mapping a cittee (without forder troble) --
Six increasingly coordinated tales of the Ordnance Survey --
The legendary mountains of Kong --
The opening of America and the gridding of Manhattan --
Cholera and the map that stopped it --
"X" marks the spot : Treasure island --
The worst journey in the world to the last place to be mapped --
Maps in all our hands : a brief history of the guidebook --
Casablanca, Harry Potter and where Jennifer Aniston lives --
How to make a very big globe --
The biggest map dealer, the biggest map thief --
Driving into lakes : how GPS put the world in a box --
Pass go and proceed directly to Skyrim --
Mapping the brain --
Epilogue : the instant, always-on, me-mapping of everywhere.
Responsibility: Simon Garfield.

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Examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history, and shares engaging cartography stories and map lore.

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