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The Curious Map Book

Ashley Baynton-Williams

The Curious Map Book
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Ashley Baynton-Williams

240 pages | 100 color plates | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2015
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226237152 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $27.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226237299 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Since that ancient day when the first human drew a line connecting Point A to Point B, maps have been understood as one of the most essential tools of communication. Despite differences in language, appearance, or culture, maps are universal touchstones in human civilization.
 
Over the centuries, maps have served many varied purposes; far from mere guides for reaching a destination, they are unique artistic forms, aides in planning commercial routes, literary devices for illuminating a story. Accuracy—or inaccuracy—of maps has been the make-or-break factor in countless military battles throughout history. They have graced the walls of homes, bringing prestige and elegance to their owners. They track the mountains, oceans, and stars of our existence. Maps help us make sense of our worlds both real and imaginary—they bring order to the seeming chaos of our surroundings.
 
With The Curious Map Book, Ashley Baynton-Williams gathers an amazing, chronologically ordered variety of cartographic gems, mainly from the vast collection of the British Library. He has unearthed a wide array of the whimsical and fantastic, from maps of board games to political ones, maps of the Holy Land to maps of the human soul. In his illuminating introduction, Baynton-Williams also identifies and expounds upon key themes of map production, peculiar styles, and the commerce and collection of unique maps. This incredible volume offers a wealth of gorgeous illustrations for anyone who is cartographically curious. 
Contents

Introduction

THE DAWN OF MAPMAKING (TO 1594)

EARLY PUBLISHED MAPS (1598-1760)

COMMERCIAL CARTOGRAPHY AND EDUCATION (1760-1850)

THE VICTORIAN ERA AND GROWTH OF THE MASS MARKET (1850-)

Cartobibliographical Details

Index

Review Quotes
Joshua Hammer | New York Times Book Review
“Baynton-Williams’s interest lies less in maps as geographic tools than as playthings and lampoons. He’s put together a hundred board games, allegorical maps, maps in animal forms and other ‘cartographic curiosities,’ in a fascinating volume that begins with a woodcut of the world from 1493 (wholly excluding the Americas, southern Africa and the Far East), and ending with an Afghanistan map-rug that was made in 2008 for ­souvenir-hunting American soldiers there.”
Red Eye Chicago
"If you relish in the lost art of mapmaking, this hardcover book is perfect for whimsical browsing. With an extensive collection of peculiar maps—from those shaped like animals to the ones used for board games—it’s sure to spruce up your bookshelf and provide hours of fascinating material."
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