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On the Map: why the World Looks the Way it Does (2012)

by Simon Garfield

Other authors: Dava Sobel (Foreword)

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    A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes (waitingtoderail)
    waitingtoderail: Does for book collecting what this book does for map collecting.
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    Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt (John_Vaughan)
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    A Little Book of Language by David Crystal (elenchus)
    elenchus: Garfield's On the Map and Crystal's A Little Book of Language share a similar approach to different subjects: each provides many short chapters on separate individual topics as means of surveying their field, history of cartography in the case of Garfield and the broad field of linguistics for Crystal. Each chapter is 4-5 pages, accompanied or separated by sidebars on related questions or facts. I enjoyed them both as galleries providing an overview and appetizer for further reading.… (more)
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    The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson (John_Vaughan)
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    The Map that Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology by Simon Winchester (John_Vaughan)
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    The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Does for the phenomenon of libraries what Garfield does for maps
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    Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings (John_Vaughan)
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    London Under by Peter Ackroyd (John_Vaughan)
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    Mapping for money : maps, plans and topographic paintings and their role in Dutch overseas expansion during the 16th and by Kees Zandvliet (marieke54)
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    Never Eat Shredded Wheat: The Geography We've Lost and How to Find it Again by Christopher Somerville (John_Vaughan)
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Simon Garfield narrates the history of cartography through stories of individual maps and map makers. The journey begins with Eratosthenes and Ptolemy and concludes with the Internet and Google Maps. Due to its length and organization, many readers may find it works better to dip into it over a span of time. The chapters read a lot like Smithsonian articles and could be appreciated individually as well as part of the larger work. ( )
  cbl_tn | Aug 1, 2018 |
Its a cute novel - covers a broad range of map topics - from the controversy of when a Cathedral needed money to fix a leaky roof, and decided to sell the old map in the hallway, Or how GPS and Google maps changed the way the world works.

Its not that ground breaking, but the topics are interesting and it is well researched. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Aug 18, 2017 |
A mind expanding exploration of the way the world looks
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Similar style to Garfield's previous book, Just My Type. The the history of the topic is given whilst various trajectories are taken and numerous anecdotes are mixed in along the way. It makes for an easy and entertaining read. So we start with the very earliest maps (normally featuring three blobs - Europe, Africa and Asia) and end with google maps. As Garfield tells the interesting story of map development we also learn about John Snow's early epidemiological map, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island map, the London A-Z, globe manufacturing and Sat Nav etc etc. These were fine, but the chapters about mapping the brain and canals on Mars seemed to be stretching it a bit in terms of relevance. Enjoyable though and loads of pictures (although black and white) to illustrate whichever old map he was writing about which added greatly to the reading experience. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
For map lovers. ( )
  cookierooks | Nov 16, 2016 |
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Het interessante van wereldkaarten is dat je altijd kunt zien uit welk deel van de wereld ze afkomstig zijn. Is de wereldkaart van Europese makelij, dan ligt Europa netjes in het midden. Amerika is het Verre Westen, China het Verre Oosten. Op Chinese wereldkaarten is China letterlijk het Rijk van het Midden en Amerika de Oriënt. Europa is een marginaal gebied aan de westrand. De oudste kaart van Chinese makelij dateert uit de 12de eeuw en heet toepasselijk 'De kaart van China en barbaarse landen'.

Wereldkaarten zijn ook politieke statements. Over het feit dat de aarde een bol is, bestaat tegenwoordig enige consensus. Echter: als je van een bol een platte kaart wilt maken, moet je met landoppervlakten gaan sjoemelen. De wereldkaart waarmee inwoners van westerse landen opgroeien, is gebaseerd op de klassieke projectie van Gerardus Mercator uit 1569.
 
Mr. Garfield does not pretend to be a serious historian. (Neither did Ken Jennings, whose 2011 "Maphead" covered some of the same terrain.) His gift is for cherry-picking factoids, and his latest book, "On the Map," is full of little conversation pieces. But this book is diminished by the way it has been produced, with an alluringly tinted antique map of Africa on its cover and nothing but smudgy gray illustrations inside.
added by lorax | editNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Dec 18, 2012)
 
There is a great deal that is good and charming and fun about this book. But overall, Garfield seems like that most frustrated of soldiers, the general who has to deal in the field with a battle to be fought at that nightmare spot right in the middle of a swamp of information irrelevant to his needs, and where no soldier ever wants to be: He is floundering in a sea of facts, lost at the join of four maps.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159240779X, Hardcover)

Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of 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.
 

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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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