Strange Maps : An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities Paperback
by Frank Jacobs
Spanning many centuries, all continents and the realms of outer space and the imagination, this collection of 138 unique graphics combines beautiful full-colour illustrations with quirky statistics and smart social commentary.
The result is a distinctive illustrated guide to the world.
Brimming with trivia, deadpan humour and idiosyncratic lore, Strange Maps is a fascinating tour of all things weird and wonderful in the world of cartography.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 244 pages, 128
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/11/2009
- Category: Historical maps & atlases
- ISBN: 9780142005255
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Review by annbury
Terrific collection of -- just as it says -- strange maps, from the eponymous website. A few are deliberately offbeat, but most appear to be entirely serious in intent.. The mapped regions go from Manhattan to the largest moon Saturn, and the topics mapped from straight (sort of) geography to French kisses. Any map devotee will love this one, and it will also appeal to devotees of the unusual. Great Xmas gift for the right person.
Review by dieseltaylor
in a world where geography - in its plainest form the position of countries realtive to each other - is often not taught, this is a a blast of interesting air. incidental history, graphic art, and humour must surely make it more interesting to the general public!!!
Review by timtom
Jacobs' Strange Maps blog is a treasure trove for map lovers, and his book gives his eclectic collection full credit. Imaginary lands, cartographic misconceptions, political maps, parodies, geographic oddities and, well, simply 'strange' maps all find a place here. Discover the world's most intricate enclave system (sporting the only occurrence of a counter-counter-enclave known to man), explore how major religions envision a soul's path through life and beyond, learn why gerrymandering is called like that and shiver through Hitler's world domination maps all between the covers of this atlas of extremes.