Strange Maps

Strange Maps

An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities

Atlas - 2009
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Penguin Putnam
An intriguing collection of more than one hundred out-of-the-ordinary maps, blending art, history, and pop culture for a unique atlas of humanity

Spanning many centuries, all continents, and the realms of outer space and the imagination, this collection of 138 unique graphics combines beautiful full-color illustrations with quirky statistics and smart social commentary. The result is a distinctive illustrated guide to the world. Categories of cartographic curiosities include: ? Literary Creations, featuring a map of Thomas More?s Utopia and the world of George Orwell?s 1984

? Cartographic Misconceptions, such as a lavish seventeenthcentury map depicting California as an island
? Political Parody, containing the ?Jesusland map? and other humorous takes on voter profiles
? Whatchamacallit, including a map of the area codes for regions where the rapper Ludacris sings about having ?hoes?
? Obscure Proposals, capturing Thomas Jefferson?s vision for dividing the Northwest Territory into ten states with names such as Polypotamia and Assenisipia
? Fantastic Maps, with a depiction of what the globe might look like if the sea and land were inverted

The Strange Maps blog has been named by GeekDad Blog on Wired.com ?one of the more unusual and unique sites seen on the Web that doesn?t sell anything or promote an agenda? and it?s currently ranked #423 on Technorati?s Top 500 Blogs.

Brimming with trivia, deadpan humor, and idiosyncratic lore, Strange Maps is a fascinating tour of all things weird and wonderful in the world of cartography.

Baker & Taylor
A collection of unusual maps is complemented by interesting statistics and social commentary, in a volume that includes a map of Thomas More's Utopia and imaginings of what the globe might look like if its lands and oceans were inverted.

Baker
& Taylor

A collection of 138 unusual maps are complemented by quirky statistics and social commentary, in a volume that includes a map of Thomas More's Utopia, a lavish misconception of California as an island, and imaginings of what the globe might look like if its lands and oceans were inverted.

Publisher: New York : Viking Studio, 2009
ISBN: 9780142005255
0142005258
Characteristics: xii, 244 p. : col. ill., maps (chiefly col.) ; 24 x 28 cm

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lisha29
Jun 17, 2012

I picked up this book as part of gift research for a friend who loves maps. I myself have no great passion for maps, but I couldn't put this book down. The political/social and artistic representations of various things was fascinating, and I especially loved the Brazilian map showcasing the worth of well-known corporations in comparison with the GDPs in African countries.

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