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Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities

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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 seventeenth century 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.

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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.

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.

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tada, March 29, 2010 (view all comments by tada)
What a great collection to use in the classroom. As a teacher, my husband has placed a "lid" on my spending for kids at school, so I hope I win this!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142005255
Author:
Jacobs, Frank
Publisher:
Penguin Putnam
Subject:
Maps & Road Atlases
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.48x10.96x.65 in. 2.50 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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