Sunday, July 27, 2014

Maps & Charts

It is not down in any map; true places never are. 
~Herman Melville, Moby Dick
To put a city in a book, to put the world on one sheet of paper -- maps are the most condensed humanized spaces of all...They make the landscape fit indoors, make us masters of sights we can't see and spaces we can't cover. ~Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces

Maps! We look at a globe or world map and take the borders and dimensions for granted, when in reality the dimensions are not always accurate and every border has a history. In this digital age, when we are more likely to do a search for an address on Mapquest or use an app on our phone to find our location, occasions to read an actual map are becoming scarcer.  But map-reading, like letter-writing, is a skill we would be loath to see die out completely. Here are some books about maps and infographics to whet your appetite for geography. and perhaps improve your cartographic skills.

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps by Chet Van Duzer

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography by Ken Jennings

Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking by Jill K. Berry

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield

Phantom Islands of the Atlantic: The Legends of Seven Lands That Never Were by Donald S. Johnson

Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities by Frank Jacobs

In the Memory of the Map: A Cartographic Memoir by Christopher Norment  [eBook]

Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture by Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel

The Infographic History of the World by Valentina D'Efilippo and James Ball


Map Reading Basics

Bad at Reading Maps? Maybe Your Brain Just Needs Better Maps

The Peters Projection World Map

Daily Infographic

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