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The Map Book Hardcover – 13 Oct 2005


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st Edition edition (13 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297843729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297843726
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 3.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a fascinating collection' -- WANDERLUST

'a superbly illustrated and fascinating celebration of the map in its myriad forms over time.' -- TRAVELLER

'offers a cultural insight that cannot be recommended too highly.' -- Andro Linklater, The Spectator

'this book is immensely enriches by the accompanying explanatory text' -- Rosita Boland, THE IRISH TIMES

'this fascinating, beautiful, lovingly-produced coffe-table book' -- Beatrice Sant, HERITAGE

'this splendid book' -- Michael Kerrigan, THE SCOTSMAN

Book Description

A unique, highly accessible, lavishly illustrated introduction to the history of maps, which have been at the forefront of altering our perceptions of the world and our place within it.

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully produced book - with large pages displaying the example maps in excellent resolution.
The author takes a historical trip from the very earliest maps, scratched on whatever came to hand, up to the latest satellite images of the earth - which are more photograph than map.
The book also follows the story of human civilisation, and explains how maps have been pivotal in many phases of history - for explorers, the military, planners etc.
My only gripe is that the text provided for each map is limited to one (facing) page - which limits the potential for detail.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr AI on 17 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that has lasted on our coffee table for longer than most!

The book steps through history from the earliest maps to the latest digital offerings. Each page has a full size extract from the map in question and a facing page that gives background and often a small thumbnail of the context or some detail of the whole. The pages are arranged and cross-referenced in date order. Some of the more striking maps have additional double page spreads, and there are two-page commentaries on tangental topics from time to time.

The text is fascinating and brings lots of world history that I kind-of new about into a new context: the gradually expanding knowledge of the world. Seeing how california went from island to peninsula, how the fabled southern continent appears and disappears, how sea-monsters gradually die out, who spain, the netherlands or the UK is at war with, and so on.

I suspect this isn't a book that will teach map-fans much (but is so beautiful to own nontheless), but for those with a casual interest I think it is a complete gem.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Mar 2006
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully produced book which concentrates on the political and social history of maps rather than the details of mapping and cartography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gill underwood on 8 Jan 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A fascinating book with fabulous illustrations, interesting and unusual wrtitten content, pleasant large and easy to see details. Bought one as a present, and then 9one for myself!
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