Mapping the World

Stories of Geography

Laffon, Caroline

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mapping the World
An illustrated history of explorers' maps and the questions they answer. More than the detailed representation of the geographical areas that their makers explored, maps reveal their makers' worldview as well as the myths, beliefs and legends of their times. By patiently creating maps, globes, charts and atlases, humans have sought to understand the universe and our place in it. Mapping the World explores many rare and fascinating mapping artifacts, beginning with the first crude drawings and progressing to the stunning satellite views of today. Many of these examples will be unfamiliar even to serious cartographers and collectors. Thirty essays answer the questions map-makers have asked and reveal the roles their maps played in finding those answers. Color reproductions of beautiful maps and charts include: A Chinese map dated to 1229 that shows the city's bridges, pagodas and gardens A French 15th-century interpretation of the four corners of the Earth A painted silk map of the universe dating from the 1830s A modern "inverse" world map from Australia's perspective The cosmos as imagined in 1750. With 87 maps in all, Mapping the World will fascinate general readers, map collectors, geographers, cartographers and historians.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2009
ISBN: 1554075254
Branch Call Number: 912.09 L163m 2009
Characteristics: 189 p. :,col. ill., maps ;,26 x 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Laffon, Martine


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'As albums of cartography go, this one possesses qualities for the unconventional connoisseur. For it is not a history of maps, nor does its text mechanically describe the 87 images of historical maps on offer. Rather, the authors discuss the meaning of geographical representation in cosmic and i... Read More »

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May 07, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good read for anyone who likes maps and history and thinking about how we view our world and communicate with each other. Go through it slowly to give yourself a chance to really look at each map and consider the commentary.

Feb 26, 2010
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Comprehensive, fun to read. Many maps in other languages, or so detailed or faded they can't be read much, but still worth reading.


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