On the Map

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On the Map

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Feb 25, 2013, 6:26 pm

I have just finished "On the Map" by Simon Garfield.
A fascinating history of maps and a delight for addicts such as us. Easy reading and multiple chapters each covering a different interesting map from the first atlases to poverty maps of London, and the first ordnance survey maps of the UK to globe making. The only negative is that the illustrations are too small and in B&W. Most maps mentioned can be seen in greater detail online if desired.
It has "enabled" me to go forth and purchase some more atlases for my collection.

Feb 25, 2013, 9:06 pm

My review copied here:

I love maps, and I very much wanted to love this book. Garfield has collected a wealth of tales, anecdotes and miscellany about maps and cartography. It all fell a bit short for me. As interesting as individual sections at times were, the totality failed to coalesce into a cohesive whole. I was left unable to connect with what felt like isolated essays, some of interest, others less so. Still, I suspect for the cartography fan there will be plenty here to enjoy given the effort to seek it.