On The Map: Why the world looks the way it does Garfield, Simon

On The Map: Why the world looks the way it does

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Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history.

With a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter, Garfield explores the legendary, impassable (and non-existent) mountains of Kong, the role of cartography in combatting cholera, the 17th-century Dutch craze for Atlases, the Norse discovery of America, how a Venetian monk mapped the world from his cell and the Muppets' knack of instant map-travel. Along the way are pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more, with plenty of illustrations and prints to signpost the route.

From the bestselling and widely-adored author of Just My Type, On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781846685101
BY (AUTHOR) Garfield, Simon
PUBLISHER : Profile Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : September 05, 2013
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Profile Books Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 198 mm x 130 mm
WEIGHT : 425 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Lifestyle, Hobbies & Leisure
DESCRIPTION : Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history.With a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter, Garfield explores the legendary, impassable (and non-existent) mountains of Kong, the role of cartography in combatting cholera, the 17th-century Dutch craze for Atlases, the Norse discovery of America, how a Venetian monk mapped the world from his cell and the Muppets' knack of instant map-travel. Along the way are pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more, with plenty of illustrations and prints to signpost the route.From the bestselling and widely-adored author of Just My Type, On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going. PRODUCT DETAILS : ISBN : 9781846685101 BY (AUTHOR) Garfield, Simon PUBLISHER : Profile Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : September 05, 2013 COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Profile Books Ltd LANGUAGE : English AGE : General PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback DIMENSION : 198 mm x 130 mm WEIGHT : 425 g PRODUCT CATEGORY : Lifestyle, Hobbies & Leisure