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The World Through Maps: A History of Cartography Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well pleased 19 Jan. 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TRANSACTION 2 Sept. 2012
By Donna M. Swafford - Published on
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book arrived in good as new condition was a birthday gift from daughter's wish list and she was very pleased
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice illustrations, weak text, a bit Euro-centered for my taste. 19 Feb. 2015
By lyndonbrecht - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an entertaining read, not particularly deep. The illustrations are interesting and the quality is good. The text is not particularly well-written, offering bits of interesting information but not connected well to an overall narrative.

This seems to be something of a formula from the publisher, a nicely illustrated and rather superficial text. I hoped to learn something about maps. That didn't happen. I also wish the book had a wider cultural reach--it isn't just Europeans who made and make maps.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 13 July 2004
By Pierre - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I do not wish to be as strident as the previous reviewer, but I generally agree with those conclusions. The book is very attractive but is filled with factual errors. It is a collection of very many (too many) short (just a page or a few pages) discussions of very disparate topics. There is no connection made. More disturbing than the factual errors is the overall lack of understanding of historiography that comes through. There are scenes described that could only have happened in an Errol Flynn movie. Great emphasis is given trivial issues whereas germinal events in carto-history are ignored.My overall impression is that the author is not knowledgeable in this field and has produced an error-ridden potboiler. I do not recommend this book to anyone, even rank beginners.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 24 Jun. 2004
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I have discarded my copy of this book. It is rubbish. The pictures are nice but the book is a chaotic mess of infobits that are unconnected. One canot learn a history of maps or mapping from this book. It is also full of errors. He seems to confuse Apianus with Munster and can't tell a Munster from a Schedel. and doesn't know the difference between a globe and armillary sphere. The book seems to be a compilation of unedited snippits submtted by students - there is no contextual wholeness. I have collected maps seriously for about 15 years and find this book irritatingly full of glaring errors. It is potentially damaging to anyone who wants to learn about maps.
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