Map: Exploring the World

By John Hessler

The history of cartography is a view of the world coming into focus; it is a history of discovery, conquest, ingenuity and innovation. Featuring more than 300 maps from around the world, from the first forays into mapmaking by the Greeks to the incredible everyday conveniences of the Global Positioning System, Maps: Exploring the World is a beautifully illustrated and remarkable account of civilization’s noble attempt to know where it is and where it is going.



    REVIEW QUOTES

"An unprecedented collection of remarkable maps and tales of adventure, discovery and innovation."--Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer and Writer

"Map is an exquisite record of the miles and the millennia."--NPR

"The book successfully juxtaposes sets of maps in a provocative manner, replete with substantial descriptions and contextual captions... Presents humanity's quest for a sense of place in a way that invites even a casual reader to savor its pages over a rain-soaked afternoon."--Forbes.com

"Captivating... Brings together more than 300 visually arresting maps spanning 3,000 years and every corner of the planet."--The New York Times Book Review

"Catnip for map geeks... More than 300 gorgeous images from milestone moments in cartography... The range is pulse-quickening."--Los Angeles Times

"The selections in the book reveal the infinite forms that maps can take, the diversity of information and perspectives they can convey, and their essential role in understanding our world." --TravelandLeisure.com

"Profound, whimsical, wondrous, the book is a cartographer's dream."--Chicago Tribune

"[A] compendious testament to the beauty of maps... A coffee table treat for the armchair traveller... It is amazing to see how much our world view has changed." --Homes and Antiques

"This fascinating survey shows that a map can be an act of faith in ink on vellum (the Mappa Mundi), an arrangement of sticks and shells made by a pre-literate canoeist in the Marshall Islands, or a pointed political sculpture by the artist Ai Weiwei."--Telegraph Travel

"Exquisite... As one expects from Phaidon, the design and presentation of the book is second-to-none, making it a perfect present... Thoughtfully curated pairings reveal the huge variety of the cartographer's art... So delightful are the images in this book that any one of them would look good on a wall. [A] wonderful journey."--Aga Living

"The fascinating progression of cartography."--Wanderlust

"A fabulous book to put cartography where it belongs: on the map."--Tatler

"A sumptuous meal for carto-philes."--Library Journal

"Collects some of the most significant examples throughout cartographic history." --The Independent

"A stunning cartographic encyclopedia... Draws connections between eras, places, and themes with each turn of the page"--TheAtlantic.com

"A visual bonanza... This is a big, beautiful book of wonder." --Architectural Digest

"A celebration of cartography."--MentalFloss.com

"I can stare at maps for hours. At home, the children and I draw intricate fantasy maps of magical places - and this this book is definitely the best inspiration."--Samantha Cameron, Porter

"Map is an exquisite record of the miles and the millennia" NPR

"The book successfully juxtaposes sets of maps in a provocative manner, replete with substantial descriptions and contextual captions... presents humanity's quest for a sense of place in a way that invites even a casual reader to savor its pages over a rain-soaked afternoon." Forbes.com

"Captivating... brings together more than 300 visually arresting maps spanning 3,000 years and every corner of the planet." The New York Times Book Review

"Catnip for map geeks... more than 300 gorgeous images from milestone moments in cartography... The range is pulse-quickening." Los Angeles Times

"The selections in the book reveal the infinite forms that maps can take, the diversity of information and perspectives they can convey, and their essential role in understanding our world." TravelandLeisure.com

"Profound, whimsical, wondrous, the book is a cartographer's dream." Chicago Tribune

"[a] compendious testament to the beauty of maps... a coffee table treat for the armchair traveller. ...It is amazing to see how much our world view has changed." Homes and Antiques

"This fascinating survey shows that a map can be an act of faith in ink on vellum (the Mappa Mundi), an arrangement of sticks and shells made by a pre-literate canoeist in the Marshall Islands, or a pointed political sculpture by the artist Ai Weiwei" Telegraph Travel

"exquisite... As one expects from Phaidon, the design and presentation of the book is second-to-none, making it a perfect present... Thoughtfully curated pairings reveal the huge variety of the cartographer's art... So delightful are the images in this book that any one of them would look good on a wall. [a] wonderful journey." Aga Living

"the fascinating progression of cartography." Wanderlust

"A fabulous book to put cartography where it belongs: on the map." Tatler

"A sumptuous meal for carto-philes." Library Journal

"collects some of the most significant examples throughout cartographic history" The Independent

"a stunning cartographic encyclopedia... draws connections between eras, places, and themes with each turn of the page" TheAtlantic.com

"A visual bonanza... This is a big, beautiful book of wonder" Architectural Digest

"An unprecedented collection of remarkable maps and tales of adventure, discovery and innovation." Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer and Writer

"A celebration of cartography" MentalFloss.com"

"The books on Phaidon's list are as individual and stunning in their production as their content." The Independent"




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Publisher Phaidon Press
Publish date 09/28/2015
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ISBN-13 9780714869445
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