On the Map (BOOK) :: Simon Garfield, 2013

On The MapSome time ago Peter met up with Simon Garfield who wanted to write a chapter on him in On The Map: Why the world looks the way it does.

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 a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter, Garfield explores the legendary, impassable (and non-existent) mountains of Kong, the role of cartography in combatting cholera, the 17th-century Dutch craze for Atlases, the Norse discovery of America, how a Venetian monk mapped the world from his cell and the Muppets’ knack of instant map-travel.

Simon Garfield with globe

Along the way are pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more, with plenty of illustrations and prints to signpost the route.From the bestselling and widely-adored author of Just My Type, On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we’ve been, how we got there and where we’re going.

A picture from the book and one of our favouriteexcerpts where Pete gets called a toff. Lovers of maps and globes we recommend you give it a read. Above :: Simon Garfield with our Desk Globe.

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