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Mapping the World: The Story of Cartography

Mapping the World: The Story of Cartography Lowest new price: $15.56
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Author: Beau Riffenburgh
Brand: Sterling Publishing

From the crude maps of ancient Babylon to the satellite-fueled precision of Google Maps, cartography has been both a record of dreams and of discoveries. Maps have played midwife to empires, helped win wars, and encouraged humanity to venture beyond boundaries of space and time. Containing numerous maps from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society, Mapping the World tells the story of the philosophers, explorers, artists, and scientists who brought together their skills to produce some of the most intriguing artifacts ever created.


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Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps

Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps Lowest new price: $46.37
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Author: Jacques Bertin
Brand: Brand: Esri Press

Originally published in French in 1967, Semiology of Graphics holds a significant place in the theory of information design. Founded on Jacques Bertin’s practical experience as a cartographer, Part One of this work is an unprecedented attempt to synthesize principles of graphic communication with the logic of standard rules applied to writing and topography. Part Two brings Bertin’s theory to life, presenting a close study of graphic techniques including shape, orientation, color, texture, volume, and size in an array of more than 1,000 maps and diagrams.


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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Lowest new price: $6.60
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Author: Ken Jennings
Brand: Scribner

Record-setting Jeopardy! champion and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives, “a literary gem” (The Atlantic) now available in paperback.

Ken Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. Jennings also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been.

From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or even if you’re among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011 Ken Jennings, best known for his epic winning streak on Jeopardy! in 2004, returns to the writing world with Maphead, a charming, funny, and of course, informational book about the world of maps and the people who love them. Even if maps are not your thing, Jennings writes about them with such affection and humor that the topic becomes fascinating; the clever captions for the maps in the book alone are worth the read (the first map in the book compares shapes of places that were “separated at birth” and are therefore soul mates. Included: Lake Michigan and Sweden). From the politics of geocaching to the ups and downs of the contestants participating in the National Geographic Bee (which, according to Alex Trebek, should have its own prime-time show like the spelling bee), Jennings captures the excitement and wonder of places. --Caley Anderson


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The Phantom Atlas

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Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching
Brand: imusti

The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms, non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography - were all at various times presented as facts on maps and atlases. This book is a collection of striking antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it. Exploration, map-making and mythology are all brought together to create a colourful tapestry of monsters, heroes and volcanoes; swindlers, mirages and murderers. Sometimes the stories are almost impossible to believe, and remarkably, some of the errors were still on display in maps published in the 21st century. Throughout much of the 19th century more than 40 different mapmakers included the Mountains of Kong, a huge range of peaks stretching across the entire continent of Africa, in their maps - but it was only in 1889 when Louis Gustave Binger revealed the whole thing to be a fake. For centuries, explorers who headed to Patagonia returned with tales of the giants they had met who lived there, some nine feet tall.



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Blaeu: Atlas Maior

Blaeu: Atlas Maior Lowest new price: $43.82
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Author: Joan Blaeu
Brand: Taschen

World class: The finest atlas ever published

Superlatives tend to fail in face of Joan Blaeu’s Atlas Maior, one of the most extravagant feats in the history of mapmaking. The original Latin edition, completed in 1665, was the largest and most expensive book to be published during the 17th century. Its 594 maps across 11 volumes spanned Arctica, Asia, Europe, and America. Its scale and ambition occupies such an important place in Dutch history that it is included in the Canon of Dutch History, an official survey of 50 individuals, creations, or events that chart the historical development of the Netherlands.

TASCHEN’s meticulous reprint brings this luxurious Baroque wonder into the hands of modern readers. In an age of digitized cartography and global connectivity, it celebrates the steadfast beauty of quality print and restores the wonder of an exploratory age, in which Blaeu’s native Amsterdam was a center of international trade and discovery.

True to TASCHEN’s optimum reproduction standards, the edition derives from the Austrian National Library’s complete colored and gold-heightened copy of Atlas Maior, assuring the finest detail and quality. University of Amsterdam’s Peter van der Krogt introduces the historical and cultural significance of the atlas while providing detailed descriptions for individual maps, revealing the full scale and ambition of Blaeu’s masterwork. As much an artwork as a cartographical adventure, the book comes with a slipcase that converts neatly into a display bookstand.

Text in English, French, and German


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Crucial Maps in the Early Cartography and Place-Nomenclature of the Atlantic Coast of Canada (The Royal Society of Canada. Special Publications)

Crucial Maps in the Early Cartography and Place-Nomenclature of the Atlantic Coast of Canada (The Royal Society of Canada. Special Publications) Lowest used price: $84.95
Author: W.F. Ganong

Crucial Maps in the Early Cartography and Place-Nomenclature of the Atlantic Coast of Canada (The Royal Society of Canada Special Publications Series Volume 7)
xvii, 511 pp. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4. An extensive survey of Canadian cartography, with reproductions of numerous maps from a wide range of time periods. Index compiled by W.F.E. Morley, list of historical monographs and papers by the author. Includes maps in rear pocket. CONTENTS: Foreword; Introduction; 1. John Cabot - The La Cosa Map and the Cape Breton Landfall; II. Joao Alvares Fagundes - Place-nomenclature and Cartography, 1520-1530, and Analysis of the Micmac Names on the Later Homem Maps; III. Jean de Verrazzano - Analysis of His Letter and the Maps of Maggiolo, 1527, and H. de Verrazzano; IV. Estevao Gomez - The Influence of His Explorations on the Ribero-type and Chaves-Santa Cruz Maps; V. The Significance of Composite Maps from 1526 to 1600; VI. Jacques Cartier - The Itinerary and Cartography of His Three Voyages; VII. Additional Maps, Based on Cartier, to 1569; VIII. The Mercator Map of 1569 and an Evaluation of Thevet's Works; IX. The Cartographical Transition from Cartier to Champlain with Emphasis on the Levasseur Map; Commentaries and Map Notes.Keywords: MAPS CARTOGRAPHY ATLANTIC COAST CANADA NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY NOMENCLATURE

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination Lowest new price: $11.85
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Author: Katharine Harmon
Brand: Princeton Architectural Press

Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver's Island to Gilligan's Island. There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artists' maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators' willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.
You Are Here is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps. These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog's perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution. With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.

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Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel (Lab Series)

Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel (Lab Series) Lowest new price: $10.99
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Author: Jill K. Berry
Brand: Quayside Publishing

Travel through the exciting world of cartography with Map Art Lab. This fun and creative book features 52 map-related activities set into weekly exercises, beginning with legends and lines, moving through types and styles, and then creating personalized maps that allow you to journey to new worlds. Authors Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly guide readers through useful concepts while exploring colorful, eye-catching graphics. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on creative experiences. Map Art Lab is the perfect book for map lovers, creative/DIY-inspired, designers. Artists of all ages and experience levels can use this book to explore enjoyable and engaging exercises. Everyone loves maps. And what's not to love? They are beautiful and fascinating, they teach you things, they show you where you are, places you long to go, and places you dare to imagine.

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Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS® Pro Project Workbook

Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS® Pro Project Workbook Lowest new price: $55.51
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Author: David Smith

The first single-project GIS textbook on the market, Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS® Pro Project Workbook is an excellent resource for students and educators seeking a guide for an advanced, single-project-based course that incorporates GIS across a wide range of disciplines. In this third edition, readers progress through nine lessons (35 exercises), using ArcGIS Pro software from Esri to find the best location for a new park along the Los Angeles River in Southern California.
Each exercise offers step-by-step instructions, graphics to confirm exercise results, and explanations of key concepts. The book includes access to ArcGIS Desktop software, which includes ArcGIS Pro. Project data—real data, all of it updated—is downloadable from the book's resource web page.

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Making Spatial Decisions Using ArcGIS Pro: A Workbook

Making Spatial Decisions Using ArcGIS Pro: A Workbook Lowest new price: $49.76
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Author: Kathryn Keranen

Making Spatial Decisions Using ArcGIS Pro is a textbook that provides the user with a broad overview of the capabilities of using ArcGIS Pro to use geospatial tools to solve real-world problems. This book takes full advantage of the integrative nature of ArcGIS Pro and its advanced capabilities to seamlessly unite cloud-based and desktop GIS. The lessons included in this book have been adapted and updated from lessons from Keranen and Kolvoord's popular first three Esri Press books: Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS, Making Spatial Decisions Using Remote Sensing, and Making Spatial Decisions Using Lidar.

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