On The Map

Why the world looks the way it does

Simon Garfield
NZD $28.99

From Mappa Mundi to Google Maps - the bestselling Just My Type author turns his gaze to maps.

Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history.With a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter, Garfield explores the legendary, impassable (and non-existent) mountains of Kong, the role of cartography in combatting cholera, the 17th-century Dutch craze for Atlases, the Norse discovery of America, how a Venetian monk mapped the world from his cell and the Muppets' knack of instant map-travel. Along the way are pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more. From the bestselling and widely-adored author of Just My Type, On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going.

Author bio:

Simon Garfield is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of non-fiction, including the international bestseller, Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, and a trilogy of edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive, which includes the bestselling Our Hidden Lives. He lives in London and St Ives, with old maps lining the walls.

Category: Travel writing
ISBN: 9781846685101
Awards: Short-listed Specsavers National Book Awards 2013 ; Short-listed Waterstones Book of the Year 2012
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: October 2013
Page Extent: 468
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Travel writing