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On The Map: Why the world looks the way it does (英語) ハードカバー – 2012/10/4
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Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history, with pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more, with plenty of illustrations and prints to signpost the route. His compelling narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of Monopoly and Skyrim, and from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds. En route, there are 'pocket map' tales on dragons and undergrounds, a nineteenth century murder map, the research conducted on the different ways that men and women approach a map, and an explanation of the curious long-term cartographic role played by animals. On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going. "Delightful. If maps be the fuel of wanderlust, read on." From the foreword by Dava Sobel, author of Longitude.
Praise for Just My Type 'Every so often someone writes a book about an obscure subject and uses it to illuminate the rest of the world... this is one of the best -- William Leith * Evening Standard * After being walked through these stories, it's difficult to even look at a cereal packet in the same way again * Observer * This is a smart, funny, accessible book that does for typography what Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves did for punctuation * New York Times * Advance Praise for On the Map: Just when you think there have been enough books written on maps, the best one comes along -- Patrick Neale, Booksellers' Choice * The Bookseller * Will no doubt dominate the Christmas market -- Emma Herdman, Booksellers' Choice * The Bookseller * Simon Garfield had great success with Just My Type, so looks certain to repeat this with On the Map. -- Sarah Clarke, Booksellers' Choice * The Bookseller * There couldn't be anyone better to write about our love of maps than Simon Garfield, who is a master at unearthing strange facts and mixing them with a lively personal narrative . . . fascinating -- Giles Foden * Conde Nast Traveller * Garfield has a genius for being sparked to life by esoteric enthusiasm and charming readers with his delight. -- Iain Finlayson * Times * Simon Garfield's new book is a rollicking sweep through map history, packed with curiosities and written with verve . . . On the Map will inspire you to take a trip to somewhere new, buy an antique globe to chart the rise and fall of empires, or just dig out a tatty orange Ordnance Survey Explorer map and let its filigree of contour lines evoke a long-forgotten walk in the rain . . . a great book. -- Mark Wilson * Independent on Sunday * A stunning celebration of the cartographic. As one of the UK's leading contemporary polymaths, Garfield's always a joy to read for his gossamer-light show of rigorous learning, his shed-dweller precision in research and his infectious glee in passing on the golden nugget of fact. -- Robert Bound * Monocle * Garfield's genial prose twinkles with the delight of discovery -- Tom Hawker * Wanderlust * A pub quizzer's dream . . . Rather than over-romanticise the experience of map-reading, Garfield allows his varied, expertly researched stories to speak for themselves, and in so doing helps us see that there are fewer things in life more useful, rewarding and beautiful than a map that does what it's supposed to. Perhaps if Apple had read the book a few months ago, today's iPhone users would have a much better idea of where they're going. -- David Clack * Daily Telegraph * He takes us on a fascinating voyage . . . and is a lively companion for the journey. -- Douglas Osler * Scotsman * He hops around the world, ancient and modern, with glee, dispensing information, both learned and chatty. On the Map is informative and entertaining, and good fun . . . fascinating. -- John S Doyle * Irish Times *商品の説明をすべて表示する
The hard cover come packed with plenty of monochrome maps and pictures of individuals related to maps. The forward by Dava Sobel set the tone for what is to come.
This book in describing maps takes us through all kinds of history but does not have the time to slowdown so the author Simon Garfield is counting on us already having a general knowledge about "42 life the universe and everything", or at least knowledge of people and history, so he can show how maps pull it all together. I feel that I just had an educational survey.
There is a small section on California as an island. I wonder if it was a misconception or a prediction. In any case the Dutch map form 1650 is a nice addition to the book.
Missing maps maybe a sequel:
Piri Reis Map of 1513 "a world map"
The Piri Reis Map of 1513 by Gregory C. McIntosh
California's Avocado Jungle
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
Map of Middle Earth
The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth by Brian Sibley
How to Teach With Topographic Maps by Dana Van Burgh
Makes you want to get out your National Geographic Maps.
You will never look at maps the same old way.
The verb "to map" can be used in many different ways. Of course, the most popular way is "to map" geographical places, but you can also "map" diseases, family histories, economic development, and much, much more. Garfield writes about all these in his new book, but primarily focuses on mapping geographical places. He traces the development of maps from prehistoric ages, paying close attention to the various expeditions devoted to mapping what was then thought to be unknown. Expeditions like Lewis and Clark in the US northwest, the various expeditions to the polar regions, and the expeditions to find the China from Europe by going west. Garfield points out that by 1492, most geographers knew the world was round; the exact size and what lay where was still the missing component.
Simon Garfield is a lively writer, and he addresses both history and geography in his book. He writes about all the places that appeared on early, post-Columbus maps that simply didn't exist. A range of mountains in west Africa and several non-existent islands in the Pacific were the result of mangled streams of information. And the state of California was shown as an island in many early maps of the area. One of the most interesting things is to take a look at early maps of any area and see how detailed the shorelines were but how blank or underdeveloped the internal areas of countries and continents were. The book also has a really cool front and back piece; a map of the world with a super-imposed map of the type of the London tube system.
Garfield's book is full of little-known facts and explanations of well-known facts that would be of interest to most any map-addicts. It's a super read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in history.