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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 Libr
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Hardcover, 360 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Walker Books (first published 2005)
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JoAnn/QuAppelle
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
I really looked forward to getting this book and wish I had read the reviews first. While I can enjoy the overall design of the maps, I certainly found my enjoyment lessened by the fact that I cannot read the print on most of them, even with a magnifying glass. This, in turn, lessened the appeal of the text. Just a mess, to be honest.

Didn't any editor notice the size of the print on the maps? Or are they sight-impaired?

I am just glad that I only paid $8 for this, used, including shipping.
Keeko
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read it from cover to cover, a map or two a day to soak them in. What a beautiful, interesting, and diverse book. It's more than a collection of maps (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's also about the people who made the maps and what the maps show of their lives. It's one of those books you never finish because you know it will be nice to read it again and again.
Fred Rose
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Really a coffee table book. It's well done, and has many, many kinds of maps, to represent various times, places and purposes. It's well done and researched, but it's only a page on each map, so it's just enough to make one point. The maps are beautiful but, even with a large format book, hard to see details. But a great book for browsing, and more interesting than many coffee table books.
Jessica
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really lovely look at some wonderful cartography. However, some of the maps are pretty small, and we can't read all of the details, but it doesn't make the book any less of a joy to flip through. I picked it up and the library (quite randomly actually) and wouldn't mind buying a copy :)
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Sep 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: geographers
Shelves: cartography
Amidst a beautiful collection of historical maps, it reveals that the fiction of "flat world" was primarily perpetuated by Washington Irving.
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