A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
On Sale: December 27, 2012
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Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author
of Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship
between man and map.
Simon Garfieldâ€™s Just My Type
illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a
stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield
takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human
Imagine a world
without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What
would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have
even suggested that mappingâ€”not languageâ€”is what elevated
our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history
of maps from the early explorersâ€™ maps and the awe-inspiring
medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite
renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique
way that maps relate and realign our historyâ€”and reflect the
best and worst of what makes us human.
Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and
packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue,
outsize personalities, and amusing â€śpocket mapsâ€ť on an array
of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on
the Internet, On the Map
is a rich historical
tapestry infused with Garfieldâ€™s signature narrative flair.
Map-obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type
will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious
journey through time and around the globe.
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