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Transit Maps of the World (2003)

by Mark Ovenden

Other authors: Mike Ashworth (Editor), Lucy Day (Produced by), Paul E. Garbutt (Consulting editor), Lise Amy Hansen (Book layout), Hans Rat (Foreword)

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Series: Public Transport Maps

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Transit Maps of the World is the first, comprehensive collection of every rapid-transit system on earth. Using glorious, colourful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the history of urban transport systems, including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs. Transit Maps could not be more relevant to our modern existence. It uncovers the way many of us are able live and work day to day. It is an inspiring compendium for graphic designers and transport enthusiasts alike.… (more)
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2nd revised and expanded edition ( )
  Sweetums | Jun 28, 2022 |
This is an excellent read for anyone interested in:
- Maps in general
- Transport
- The development of a particular city over time.

The layout and editing of the book is excellent, and I will enjoy reading it again and again over the years. ( )
  ormhewitt | Dec 27, 2020 |
Entertaining book that shows the development over the decades of various subway systems' maps, the kind given out to riders and posted in stations and cars. There's a lot of discussion of various techniques, but if you're not interested in the recipe, you can still enjoy the "cake" of a lot of neat historical maps, such as the ones for Moscow and Berlin. Lots of fun. ( )
  EricCostello | Aug 29, 2019 |
Started out very interesting, but since I am neither an extreme transit geek or map nerd, at 144 pages it is too long. The authors have one (correct) conclusion that is belabored throughout. The Platonic subway map is Harry Beck's 1933 map of the London Underground, and all other maps are successful only so far as they copy its features. ( )
  rameau | Aug 3, 2011 |
http://lampbane.livejournal.com/607837.html

"I have to admit it's kind of disappointing. Mostly in that many of the maps are too small to properly enjoy looking at them; I think they should have added 50 pages so they could have printed more of the maps much bigger."
  lampbane | Jun 17, 2010 |
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This is the kind of book that would be incredibly fun to browse with kids as part of a world geography investigation -- and also the sort of thing that makes great bedtime reading if you want to salt your dreams with the possibility of travel to distant cities.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ovenden, MarkAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashworth, MikeEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Day, LucyProduced bysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garbutt, Paul E.Consulting editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hansen, Lise AmyBook layoutsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rat, HansForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doorn, Flip vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foale, AlanFront cover globe and front plate diagramsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Transit Maps of the World is the first, comprehensive collection of every rapid-transit system on earth. Using glorious, colourful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the history of urban transport systems, including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs. Transit Maps could not be more relevant to our modern existence. It uncovers the way many of us are able live and work day to day. It is an inspiring compendium for graphic designers and transport enthusiasts alike.

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