November 25, 2012

On the Map

cover image of On the Map
A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
Simon Garfield

The author of the surprising bestseller, Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, turns his attention to cartographic history in this fascinating follow-up. Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? How would we own land? What would men and women fight about in cars? And how would we re-fold an opened one? From medieval Mappa Mundi on walls to Google Maps and satellite images on smartphones, Garfield shows us how they all shaped the course of human history.