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On The Map

On The Map

Why the world looks the way it does

by Simon Garfield
Paperback
Publication Date: 05/09/2013
RRP  $22.99 $21.50
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. 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.
ISBN:
9781846685101
9781846685101
Category:
Travel writing
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
05-09-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Profile Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
468
Dimensions (mm):
198x130x33mm
Weight:
0.43kg
Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is the author of seventeen acclaimed books of non-fiction including A Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve.

His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize.

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