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Strange Maps An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities by Frank Jacobs
  

Strange Maps An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities

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If you’re looking for a map of California shaped like a cigarette, a navigable chart of Utopia or a place called New Switzerland surrounded not by land but by water, then you’ll be delighted with this collection of weirdness and cartographical wonder from the Belgian king of topographical oddness. The only thing you won’t find in this funny compendium will be anything to help you get around.

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Strange Maps An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities by Frank Jacobs

The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Joan Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Maior, completed in 1665. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 536 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, whose rivalry inspired 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.

About the Author

Frank Jacobs loves maps but finds most atlases too predictable. He collects and comments on all kinds of cartographic curiosa. A journalist and writer, he hosts the blog Strange Maps. He lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st November 2009

Author

Frank Jacobs

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Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
244 pages

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ISBN

9780142005255

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