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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.

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    Off the eBook Map

    Garfield gives a sketch of the history of mapping without going into any technical details. Nothing new for readers aguely familiar with this subject. The book also contains some amusing stories about contemporary topics in the "Map World", the most interesting of which are the chapters about maps trade and globe making. The book lives from its illustrations. Unfortunately this eBook edition does not allow the reader to enjoy them or investigate the details of the maps. This makes this product much less useful than it could be.

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    Fascinating

    From very early to modern electronic maps - if you have ever pulled out a map just to look at it you will love this book

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