Item #25632 On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. Simon Garfield.

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks.

Penguin USA, 11/05/13. Item #25632
ISBN: 9781592407804

From the publisher:
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of the "Just My Type "reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map. Simon Garfield's "Just My Type" illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps. Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping--not language--is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers' maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history--and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human. Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing "pocket maps" on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, "On the Map" is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield's signature narrative flair. Map-obsessives and everyone who loved "Just My Type" will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.
Paperback, 464 pgs.


Price: $17.00

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