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An Atlas of Fantasy

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
To remain of manageable size, the Atlas excludes advertising maps, cartograms, most disproportionate maps, and alternate history ("might have been") maps, focusing instead on imaginary lands derived from literary sources. It purposefully omits "one-to-one" maps such as Thomas Hardy's Wessex (which merely renames places in southwest England), but includes Barsetshire and Yo ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Ballantine Books
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Sep 10, 2008 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have managed to acquire a copy of this childhood favorite. It was only $1.98 but they got me with shipping and handling. Still it only came to about $8, less than I paid for the original copy, which fell apart because the binding couldn't take the constant page turning.

Poring over these maps eventually led me to the works of James Branch Cabell, E.R. Eddison, Austin Wright, Leigh Brackett and Clark Ashton Smith. I even heard about William Faulkner from this book since there's a map of Yoknapat
A quaint collection of fantasy maps -- growing up an avid reader of fantasy lit, I was used to seeing these gracing the beginnings of each novel. Fascinating to flip through and pore over. I'd love to see a more modern version.
Nov 10, 2010 Shawn rated it really liked it
Another book from my childhood, a good companion with Alberto Manguel's The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic this has all kinds of maps of various fantasy lands from their original publications. Made me love maps as a child.
Aug 11, 2009 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, nonfiction
It's a nonfiction book about fantasy worlds, including worlds created by writers such as Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Tolkien and many others, even such writers as Thomas More's "Utopia" and John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress."

Well worth getting. Just cool to browse through.
Douglas Summers-Stay
This is a collection of maps from fantasy novels-- the original maps included in the novels, not redrawn. It was put together in the 1970s so doesn't include a lot of the ones you would put in if you made such a book today. You can get it for the cost of shipping from Amazon.
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