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Mapping the World: Stories of Geography

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An illustrated history of explorers' maps and the questions they answer.

More than the detailed representation of the geographical areas that their makers explored, maps reveal their makers' worldview as well as the myths, beliefs and legends of their times. By patiently creating maps, globes, charts and atlases, humans have sought to understand the universe and our place i
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Hardcover, 189 pages
Published September 10th 2009 by Firefly Books
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Michael
Apr 25, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: coffee-table
With a name like "Mapping the World; Stories of Geography," this well-made coffee table book sounds like it should be a real slam dunk for a mappy gentleman like myself. And indeed, it fulfills the basic mission of the coffee table book, offering up many pages of pretty pictures. In this case, the pictures are details from mostly premodern maps.

The book has a different look from most other collections of its type. One reason for this is that it shows not entire maps but picturesque details from
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Mary Anne Thompson
Jan 05, 2016 Mary Anne Thompson rated it it was amazing
A truly amazing book! This book gave me a glimpse into maps as expression not just of geography but of cosmology as well. Thus, maps of local regions helped early man to understand the cosmos and his place in it. The book also shows how imperialism and warfare shaped the history of mapmaking. It is no accident that Europe is most often seen in the centre of most historical maps; Australia has a map where it is in the centre and top of the world. The book traverses history from the earliest days ...more
Katie
Feb 25, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Reading this late at night made for an intense, surreal experience, as the gorgeous pictures of maps and diagrams are paired with heavy-handed (and often beautiful) philosophical essays about humankind and its relationships with mapping the universe. My head was swimming by the time I finished it and fell asleep, but I slept dreaming about the desire to know the unknown. From the stars, to the Earth, to heaven and hell, people have been trying to chart their worlds for as long as there have been ...more
S.
Apr 08, 2011 S. rated it really liked it
This has some gorgeous maps in it, which is the only reason I got it. I can't tell you anything about the prose within - I got this off the bargain rack simply for the purpose of cutting it up collages. The colors and renderings are great.
Susanne
Jul 31, 2010 Susanne rated it liked it
A good coffee table book with some interesting pictures of maps. I didn't find it particular informative or uniquely interesting though.
Lara Thompson
Jan 05, 2016 Lara Thompson rated it liked it
Poetic, some quirky facts from history. Great compilation of maps for the map lover.
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