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The Map Book (2005)

de Peter Barber

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Maps are not just diagrams of the route from A to B - from the earliest times they have helped us make sense of our world, from the very local to the global. Simply organised as a progression through time, each map is not only a beautiful work of art in its own right but also tells us about our changing perception of the earth. Sometimes, of course, maps tell lies and there are examples represented here that are meant to alter or influence our understanding of the world around us. There are maps of oceans and continents charted by heroic adventurers sailing into the unknown, at sea for years in tiny ships. For every example of a beautifully embellished map that has survived there must have been scores of cartographers who perished at sea or in 'unknown parts'. Maps are not just about understanding and representing the physical world: they have an administrative use in demarcating national boundaries or individual plots of land, a social use in showing who lives where, a military use in depicting the layout of enemy positions, a political or propaganda use in showing one country or faction at an advantage over others. All are represented in this book, a history of the world in images from around the globe and from every epoch.… (més)
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172 maps of various subjects, each with a 1-page mini essay arranged chronologically from 1500bc to 2005. Wonderful full-page images.
  Mapguy314 | Mar 10, 2016 |
Beautifully produced and printed with some glorious maps. You'll need a magnifying glass to appreciate some of the finer detail. There's an Anglocentric bias but there is a smattering of interesting stuff from around the world and it was nice to see GIS covered at the end. I used to do a bit of GIS mapping for DEFRA. If there's a fault it's that the text is too brief. I think they've gone for the type size as they have to complement the design but I would have preferred something a little more in depth. Still, there's enough to point you in the right direction if you want to find out more. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 22, 2015 |
'Journey over all the universe in a map, without the expense and fatigue of traveling, without suffering the inconveniences of heat, cold, hunger, and thirst.' Miguel de Cervantes, in Don Quixote From the earliest of times, maps have fired our imaginations and helped us make sense of our world, from the global to the very local. Head of Map Collections at the British Library, Peter Barber has here compiled an historic and lavish atlas, charting... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 19, 2015 |
This is marvelous book of maps. It progresses the style and use of maps over the centuries. This is a very arge format book, but the reproductions are excellent. Peter Barber's explanations are always good and intriguing, revealing things we had no known before. ( )
  vpfluke | Mar 16, 2009 |
A Christmas 2005 gift from my mother.
  superlibrarian | Jan 2, 2007 |
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Maps are not just diagrams of the route from A to B - from the earliest times they have helped us make sense of our world, from the very local to the global. Simply organised as a progression through time, each map is not only a beautiful work of art in its own right but also tells us about our changing perception of the earth. Sometimes, of course, maps tell lies and there are examples represented here that are meant to alter or influence our understanding of the world around us. There are maps of oceans and continents charted by heroic adventurers sailing into the unknown, at sea for years in tiny ships. For every example of a beautifully embellished map that has survived there must have been scores of cartographers who perished at sea or in 'unknown parts'. Maps are not just about understanding and representing the physical world: they have an administrative use in demarcating national boundaries or individual plots of land, a social use in showing who lives where, a military use in depicting the layout of enemy positions, a political or propaganda use in showing one country or faction at an advantage over others. All are represented in this book, a history of the world in images from around the globe and from every epoch.

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