branner-frontThe following are provided courtesy of Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services; Head Librarian, Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections, Stanford University. She has updated it through December, 2015.

 Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History, 2nd edition

Editor in Chief: Brandon S. Plewe

Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8425-2879-5
Cost: $39.95 on

A fascinating book on the history of Mormonism using a copious amount of geographic data
to plot the movement of the settlers to the West, economic development of the church, and the
spread of Mormonism around the globe.


Capitalism and Cartography in the Dutch Golden Age

By Elizabeth A. Sutton

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-226-25478-4
Cost: $50.00 on

From Amazon, “In Capitalism and Cartography in the Dutch Golden Age, Elizabeth A. Sutton explores the fascinating but previously neglected history of corporate cartography during the Dutch Golden Age, from ca. 1600 to 1650. She examines how maps were used as propaganda tools for the Dutch West India Company in order to encourage the commodification of land and an overall capitalist agenda.  Building her exploration around the central figure of Claes Jansz Vischer, an Amsterdam- based publisher
closely tied to the Dutch West India Company, Sutton shows how printed maps of Dutch Atlantic territories helped rationalize the Dutch Republic’s global expansion.”


A World of Innovation: Cartography in the Time of Gerard Mercator

By Gerhard Holzer, Valerie Newby, Petra Svatek, Georg Zotti

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4438-7153-2
Cost: Approximately $75.00 directly from the publisher

From Amazon, Gerhard Mercator (1512-1594) was the most important cartographer and globemaker
of the 16th century. He is particularly remembered for his publication Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes
de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura (1595), and for his specific cylindrical map projection (1569), which is still
used widely today. This book brings together the latest research on Mercator with a view to his sources and
his relationships with other scientific disciplines and cartographers of his time, as well as his role in the
wider worlds of Renaissance cartography and Humanism.”

Historical Atlas of Maine

Edited by Stephen J. Hornsby and Richard W. Judd

Orono: The University of Maine Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-89101-125-5
Cost: $75.00 from

From Amazon, “After more than a decade of extensive research, the Historical Atlas of Maine presents
in cartographic form the historical geography of Maine from the end of the last ice age to the year
2000. Organized in four chronological sections, the Atlas tells the principal stories of the many people
who have lived in Maine over the past 13,000 years. The Atlas covers the history of Native peoples,
European exploration and settlement, the American Revolution, Maine statehood, industrial
development, and the rise of tourism and environmental awareness. To tell these stories, the Atlas
presents a rich array of newly created maps, historical maps, paintings, graphs, and text. The result is not only a unique interpretation of Maine, but also a splendid visual record of the state’s history. See the
University of Maine Press website for more information on this title.”


Sicilia 1477-1861: La Collezione Spagnolo-Patermo in Quattro Secoli di Cartografia 

By Vladimiro Valerio and Santo Spagnolo

Paparoedizioni, 2014
ISBN: 9788897083832
Cost: $285.00 from

This is a beautiful two volume set in full color of the maps of Sicily from 1477-1861.
The text is primarily in Italian although the forward and the introduction are in English.  There is a  detailed cartobibliographic entry for each item listed with an accompanying image.

The History of Cartography, Vol. 6 (Parts 1 and 2): Cartography in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Mark Monmonier

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-226-53469-5
Cost: $425.00 from

From Amazon, “For more than thirty years, the History of Cartography Project has charted the course  for scholarship on cartography, bringing together research from a variety of disciplines on the creation, dissemination, and use of maps. Volume 6, Cartography in the Twentieth Century, continues this  tradition with a groundbreaking survey of the century just ended and a new full- color,
encyclopedic format.
The lavishly produced volume includes more than five hundred articles accompanied by more than a thousand images. Hundreds of expert contributors provide both original research, often based on their own participation in the developments they describe, and interpretations of larger trends in cartography. Designed for use by both scholars and the general public, this definitive volume is a reference work of first resort for all who study and love maps.”

Map: Exploring the World

Edited by Victoria Clarke

London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7148-6944-5
Cost: $40.00 from

A lovely coffee table book that brings together over 300 maps spanning the history of cartography.  Each map has a short discussion of the item and its significance to the history of mapping.  The book is in full color.  This book is broader than most of its type as it includes maps on rugs, art installations, siege maps, and current electronic mapping of the Internet and the brain.

The Curious Map Book

By Ashley Baynton-Williams

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-226-23715-2
Cost: $45.00 from

This book in full color covers an array of maps when the cartographer is at play.  Baynton-Williams calls these maps curiosities and include five broad types: game maps, maps in animal form, maps in human form, maps on objects, and allegorical maps.  The chapters span time from the dawn of mapmaking to the present.  The vast majority of the maps are from the British Library.

Maps of Malaya and Borneo: Discovery, Statehood and Progress

Text by Dr. Frederic Durand

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Editions Didier Millet Sdn Bhd, 2013
ISBN: 978-983-44773-7-0
Cost: $65.00 from

The maps in this book are from the collections of H.R.H. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Dato’ Richard Curtis.  These two gentlemen are both map lovers and collected in tandem throughout their lives.  They decided the collections were comprehensive enough to share them with those interested in Malaysia and Borneo.  The maps cover 600 years of time and include an abbreviated history of the region.

Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783

By Richard H. Brown and Paul E. Cohen

New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-393-06032-4
Cost: $75.00 from

This book is “the story of warfare in America as told through a series of historic maps.”  This story starts in 1755, 20 years before the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord.  The desire of the authors is to have the narrative support the maps putting them front and center in this beautiful full-color book.  The maps come from a wide variety of sources including Richard Brown’s collection, the Library of Congress, the British Library, and the Collection of the Duke of Northumberland.

A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps

By Tim Bryars and Tom Harper

London: British Library, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7123-5856-9
Cost: $45.00 on

This book charts the cartographic legacy of the 20th century from maps of the First World War to those showing changing social attitudes toward women, religious minorities, and the opium trade during the Edwardian period. It discusses decolonization and technological expansion. The maps are in full color with one page descriptions of each. There are maps from all over the world. It’s an interesting and fun read.

Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps

By Richard A. Pegg

Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8248-4765-4
Cost: $40.00 on

This is the third book to focus on the MacLean Collection. (The other two books are Passion for Form: Selections of Southeast Asian Art from the MacLean Collection and The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes.) The author, Richard Pegg notes that the book focuses on a fairly small number of maps, primarily from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is not a comprehensive collection of maps from China, Japan, and Korea, but the author hopes publication of this book will spark discussion about these maps. The book has three sections for each geographic area, is in full color, and includes long essays about the cartographic traditions each country.

Reading Imperial Cartography: Ming-Qing Historical Maps in the Library of Congress

By Tieng-jen Lin, translated by Min Zhang

Washington, DC: Library of Congress and Nankang, Taipei: Academia Sinica Digital Center, 2014
ISBN: 978-986-04-2169-9
Cost: $300.00 on

The Library of Congress, in cooperation with Academia Sinica in Taiwan, has released an important and beautiful book on early Chinese maps held by the Library of Congress Geography & Map Division. The G&M holds approximately 150,000 maps, atlases, and geospatial data sets of China dating from the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD) to the present day. 157 pre-1900 maps are included in the book and are divided into 9 subject categories. The book is in Chinese and English. It is oversized and in full color. A beautiful addition to anyone interested in this period of Chinese history.

Oxford Atlas of the World (21st edition)

By Oxford University Press

New York: Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-939472-2
Cost: $60.00 on

If you have not bought a world atlas lately, this would be a very good candidate. It is truly an impressive atlas in breadth and scope. The pictures are stunning and the text rich with detail. The New York Times called it, “A veritable encyclopedia of geographic and demographic information, profusely illustrated…Extraordinary.”

Mapping the World: The Story of Cartography

By Beau Riffenburgh

London: Andre Deutsch Limited (Carlton Publishing Group), 2014
ISBN: 978-0-233-00439-6
Cost: $29.95 on

This overview of cartography features maps from the archives of the Royal Geographic Society. The book is split into five chapters covering mapping in the ancient and medieval world, mapping during the Age of Discovery (c. 1450-c. 1650), national mapping and mapping the Pacific (1600-1800), maps in the age of empires and nationalism (1800-1914), and mapping in the modern world (1914-2011). Short essays accompany the maps.

History of the World in Maps: The rise and fall of Empires, Countries and Cities

By Times Books

Glasgow: Times Books, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-00-758824-4
Cost: $50.00 on

A coffee table book that gives an overview of the history of world in maps. Many of the maps are ones often cited in books such as this. There are interesting maps in the 19th and 20th century that are not as common. Each full color map is accompanied by an essay, many written by authors familiar to Map Society members such as Catherine Delano-Smith and Chet Van Duzer.

The Vesconte Maggiolo World Map of 1504 in Fano, Italy

By Gregory C. McIntosh

Plus Ultra Publishing Company, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-96-6746235
Available for purchase ($30) from Taylor & Francis online via Imago Mundi

Map collector Don McGuirk reviews this book on the site. He states: “In this work, Greg McIntosh presents us with an in-depth study of the Vesconte Maggiolo World Map of 1504. Dated 8 June 1504, this large planisphere on parchment is housed within the Biblioteca Communale Fredericiana, Fano Italy. It has never been studied to this detail by any author writing in English. McIntosh takes the unique approach of comparing its “Old World” and “New World” presentations with other maps contemporary to its creation. In so doing, he forwards a thesis as to its relationship with them. By applying the methods of textual criticism to the analysis of the place names, the author concludes that the Caverio planisphere was a source used by Vesconte Maggiolo and several other contemporary mapmakers for the image and place names in the Old World (i.e. Kunstmann No. 2, Pesaro, Egerton MS 2803, etc.). Within its 94 pages of text, McIntosh presents us with four illustrations, 193 footnotes, a Bibliography of 115 works, and fourteen Tables that contain eight thousand place names.”

Stitching the World: Embroidered Maps and Women’s Geographical Education

By Judith A. Tyner

Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781409426356
Cost: $100.00 on

Judith Tyner, a long standing CMS member, has written an interesting book on the history of embroidered map samplers and silk globes. This type of geographic instruction flourished from the late 18th century until about 1840. The book focuses on the reasons why teaching geography was combined with learning needlework and why it lasted for such a brief amount of time. The book includes color reproductions of many works.

Exploring and Mapping Alaska: The Russian America Era, 1741-1867

By Alexey Postnikov and Marvin Falk. Translated by Lydia Black

Fairbanks, University of Alaska Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-60-223251-8
Cost: $75.00 on

From Amazon, “Russia first encountered Alaska in 1741 as part of the most ambitious and expensive expedition of the entire eighteenth century. For centuries since, cartographers have struggled to define and develop the enormous region comprising northeastern Asia, the North Pacific, and Alaska. The forces of nature and the follies of human error conspired to make the area incredibly difficult to map. Exploring and Mapping Alaska focuses on this foundational period in Arctic cartography.  Russia spurred a golden era of cartographic exploration, while shrouding their efforts in a veil of secrecy. They drew both on old systems developed by early fur traders and new methodologies created in Europe. With Great Britain, France, and Spain following close behind, their expeditions led to an astounding increase in the world’s knowledge of North America.”

Cosmographics: Picturing Space through Time

By Michael Benson

New York: Abrams, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1387-3
Cost: $40.00 on

Cosmographics has generated a lot of buzz since its publication. This full color oversized book is a delight. The author looks at visualizations of creation, the earth, the moon, the sun, the structure of the universe, planets and moons, the heavens, eclipses and transits, comets and meteors, auroras and atmospheric phenomena. The time span ranges from 2,000 BC to 2,000 AD. If you’re interested in the depiction of space through time, this book is a must have.

Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained

By Jerry Broton

New York: DK Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4654-2463-1
Cost: $25.00 on

This oversized, full color book explores in depth 55 historical maps. The full map is shown along with graphic close-ups of significant points of interest. There are also profiles of key cartographers and explorers. The timespan ranges from 1,500 BCE to the present, the last map being Google Earth.

Maps: Their Untold Stories

By Rose Mitchell and Andrew Janes

London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 978-1408-1-8967-2
Cost: $50.00 on

The authors note the book includes 100 maps held in the National Archives at Kew, near London. The maps span seven centuries. While most are printed, a good number are manuscript maps. They have separated the maps into categories including early maps, city maps, landscapes, military maps, sea charts, exploration, historical themes, and imaginative maps. The book is in full color and beautifully illustrated.

The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps

By Benjamin B. Olshin

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-226-14982-0
Cost: $45.00 on

There exists in a set of fourteen little-known maps and related documents said to have been owned by the family of Marco Polo himself. Dr. Olshin has written the first scholarly account of these materials following the trail of ownership and authenticity. In the end, he comes to no definitive conclusions, but points out areas of further research that will hopefully shed more light on these interesting documents.

The World of Maps

By Judith A. Tyner

New York: The Guilford Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4625-1648-3
Cost: $60.00 on

California Map Society member, Judith Tyner, has written a general introduction to maps. While designed for use in the classroom, it is an excellent book for any student of maps who wants to know more about the world of maps from the importance of map reading to map types, and map interpretation. The book is full of examples, images, and color plates that help explain and expand upon text.

Atlas of Design, Volume Two

Edited by Daniel P. Huffman and Samuel V. Matthews

Madison, WI: American Printing, 2014
Cost: $35.00 from

The North American Cartographic Society (nacis) has published the second volume of their popular Atlas of Design series. They state that this is a “diverse collection of 32 maps representing some of the best cartography around the world today.” These beautiful maps are shown in full color and are truly a delight. The only drawback is that some of the maps are quite large and have been reduced to the size of the book making the text on the maps themselves difficult to read. Each map is accompanied by a short discussion by the cartographer.

The Art and History of Globes

By Sylvia Sumira

London: The British Library, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7123-5868-2
Cost: $32.12 on

The author states that the book is an introduction to the subject of globes focusing primarily on printed terrestrial and celestial globes. The book is chronological in its arrangement and focuses primarily on the globe collection of the British Library. An initial essay of about 30 pages is followed by full color examples of 60 globes with descriptions and full color pictures of each one. A good solid overview of the subject for those who are new to it.

The Boundaries of Israel Today

By Haim Srebro

Tel Aviv: Survey of Israel, 2012
ISBN: 978-965-91256-7-8
Cost: $51.00 at EastView Shop (

This is an interesting book mapping the agreed upon international boundaries of Israel, of which there are four, and the temporary borders over which there is not agreement. The Survey of Israel’s stated goal is to, “introduce the public, as especially to professionals dealing with boundaries, the picture of the boundaries of Israel today.”  It does so using maps, explanations and documentation of both the permanent and temporary boundaries.

Mapping the New World: Renaissance maps from the American Museum in Britain

By Anne Armitage and Laura Beresford

London: Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, Ltd., 2013
ISBN: 978-1-85759-822-3
Cost: $35.00 on

This lavishly illustrated full-color soft backed book contains over 50 cartographic treasures from the Dr. Dallas Pratt Collection at the American Museum in Britain. Dr. Pratt donated the maps in 1988 along with another 150 items not included in this volume.  He collected Renaissance maps of the New World, considered by scholars to be one of the best collections of its kind.  In addition to the maps, the book includes manuscript pages and sea charts.

A Map of the New World: according to Illustrators & Storytellers

Edited by Antonius Antoniou, Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, and Hendrik Hellige

Berlin: Gestalten, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-89955-469-4
Cost: $60.00 on

This fabulous oversized book is lavishly illustrated with a dizzying array of maps by “creative cartographers.” Editor Antonis Antoniou states, “As more is being mapped, we spend less time with maps.  Propagated everywhere and noticed nowhere, maps are increasingly devalued as an influential visual tool.  This book documents the contrarians.”  These are all contemporary creations.

The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking

By Diana Stuart Sinton

Washington: National Council for Geographic Education, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-884136-21-4
Cost: $24.00 on

Ever wondered what it means to think spatially? Expert Diana Sinton explains it in this slim volume designed for introducing and teaching spatial thinking in the classroom.  She discusses the process of spatial thinking, geographies of space, and spatial representations.  A good, quick overview of the subject.

The Oxford Map Companion: One Hundred Sources in World History

By Patricia Seed

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-976563-8
Cost: $30.00 on

Patricia Seed covers 45,000 years of history using the latest scholarship to study a broad array of maps. She looks worldwide in scope breaking the book down into parts including mapping the skies; roads, rivers, and routes; land surveys; mapping the natural world; and the collision of the old worlds and the new.  The book is in full color with small contemporary maps to accompany the historical images.

Around the World: The Atlas for Today

Edited by Andrew Losowsky, Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten

Berlin: Gestalten, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-89955-497-7
Cost: $49.95 on

This is an intriguing and different kind of atlas. It uses compelling information graphics to help one understand how “natural and manmade phenomena impact our lives.”  This would be an interesting companion to A Map of the World, noted above.  The book includes topics related to geography, but also current events, languages, life expectancies, internet providers, and overfishing.  If you have a curious mind, this is a great book for you.

The True Geography of our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision

By Joel Kovarsky

Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8139-3558-4
Cost: $31.50 on

During Thomas Jefferson’s time, geography was considered the “mother of all sciences.” Jefferson published only one map in his lifetime, but was still regarded as a geographer.  This book “charts the importance of geography and maps as foundational for Jefferson’s lifelong pursuits.  The book is liberally illustrated with black and white reproductions of the important maps of the day.

Mapping Wonderlands: Illustrated Cartography of Arizona, 1912-1962

By Dori Griffin

Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8165-0932-4
Cost: $55.00 on

From Amazon: “Though tourism now plays a recognized role in historical research and regional studies, the study of popular touristic images remains sidelined by chronological histories and objective statistics. Further, Arizona remains underexplored as an early twentieth-century tourism destination when compared with nearby California and New Mexico. With the notable exception of the Grand Canyon, little has been written about tourism in the early days of Arizona’s statehood.

Mapping Wonderlands fills part of this gap in existing regional studies by looking at early popular pictorial maps of Arizona. These cartographic representations of the state utilize formal mapmaking conventions to create a place-based state history. They introduce illustrations, unique naming conventions, and written narratives to create carefully visualized landscapes that emphasize the touristic aspects of Arizona.”

This is not an atlas.  It’s text with pictures and maps as illustrations.  All of the illustrations are in black and white.

The Art of the Map: An Illustrated history of map elements and embellishments

By Dennis Reinhartz

New York: Sterling Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6592-6
Cost: $40.00 on

From Amazon: “This lavishly illustrated history of the golden age of cartography, from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, explores not only the embellishments on maps but also what they reveal about the world in which they were created. Here there be monsters real and imagined; ships actual and archetypical; newly discovered flora such as corn and tobacco; fauna ranging from buffalo to unicorns; godlike beings and fantasy-like depictions of native peoples. The stunningly rendered images illuminate an entire world.”

The book is in full color with wonderful details highlighted to explore the content of the maps more fully. 

Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology & Politics

By Laura Kurgan

New York: Zone Books, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-935408-28-4
Cost: $36.95 on

From Amazon: “The maps in this book are drawn with satellites, assembled with pixels radioed from outer space, and constructed from statistics; they record situations of intense conflict and express fundamental transformations in our ways of seeing and of experiencing space. These maps are built with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote sensing satellites, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS): digital spatial hardware and software designed for such military and governmental uses as reconnaissance, secrecy, monitoring, ballistics, the census, and national security. Rather than shying away from the politics and complexities of their intended uses, in Close Up at a Distance Laura Kurgan attempts to illuminate them. Poised at the intersection of art, architecture, activism, and geography, her analysis uncovers the implicit biases of the new views, the means of recording information they present, and the new spaces they have opened up.

Her presentation of these maps reclaims, repurposes, and discovers new and even inadvertent uses for them, including documentary, memorial, preservation, interpretation, political, or simply aesthetic. GPS has been available to both civilians and the military since 1991; the World Wide Web democratized the distribution of data in 1992; Google Earth has captured global bird’s-eye views since 2005. Technology has brought about a revolutionary shift in our ability to navigate, inhabit, and define the spatial realm. The traces of interactions, both physical and virtual, charted by the maps in Close Up at a Distance define this shift.”

This is a fascinating look at how satellite imagery may be used to look at all sorts of political situations.

The Maps of Antietam: An Atlas of the Antietam (Sharpsburg) Campaign, including the Battle of South Mountain, September 2-20, 1862

By Bradley M. Gottfried

El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie LLC, 2012, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61121-086-6
Cost: $39.95 on

From Amazon: “This magisterial work breaks down the entire campaign (and all related operational maneuvers) into 21 map sets or “action-sections” enriched with 124 original full-page color maps. These spectacular cartographic creations bore down to the regimental and battery level. The Maps of Antietam includes the march into Maryland, the Harpers Ferry operation, the Battle of South Mountain (Fox’s Gap, Turner’s Gap, and Crampton’s Gap), operations in Pleasant Valley, the Confederate withdrawal to Sharpsburg, the Battle of Antietam, the retreat across the Potomac River, and the sharp fighting at Shepherdstown.

At least one-and as many as ten-maps accompany each “action-section.” Opposite each map is a full facing page of detailed footnoted text describing the units, personalities, movements, and combat (including quotes from eyewitnesses) depicted on the accompanying map, all of which make the story of General Lee’s invasion into Maryland come alive.”

British Columbia: A new Historical Atlas

By Derek Hayes

Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-926812-57-1
Cost: $59.95 on

From Amazon: “A colourful and wide-ranging history of Canada’s most western province illustrated with over nine hundred contemporary maps

British Columbia was among the last temperate places on Earth to appear on the map of the world, a function of its position-remote from Europe. When gold was finally discovered in quantity in 1858, leading to the gold rush that created British Columbia as a new colony, the interior was mostly unknown except for the routes blazed by the fur traders seeking the “soft gold” that characterized the exploration of much of Canada. The efforts of the explorers, the fur traders, the gold seekers, and the railway builders all involved the production of maps that showed what they had found, the routes and the settlements, the plans and the strategies that developed the province into what we know today.

In British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas, acclaimed map historian Derek Hayes has curated nearly a thousand maps — the majority of which have never been published before —along with concise text, and extensive captions. Added to numerous other illustrations, the result is a geographically visual history, a unique and fascinating viewpoint on our province’s past.”

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

By Chet Van Duzer

London: The British Library, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7123-5890-3
Cost: $30.00 on

From Amazon: “From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea. Accounts of these creatures have also inspired cartographers and mapmakers, many of whom began decorating their maps with them to indicate unexplored areas or areas about which little was known. Whether swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, the sea monsters that appear on medieval and Renaissance maps are fascinating and visually engaging. Yet despite their appeal, these monsters have never received the scholarly attention that they deserve.

In Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, Chet Van Duzer analyzes the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe. Van Duzer begins with the earliest mappaemundi on which these monsters appear in the tenth century and continues to the end of the sixteenth century and, along the way, sheds important light on the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them.

A beautifully designed visual reference work, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps will be important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the “marvelous” and of Western conceptions of the ocean.”

Golden Age of Maritime Maps: When Europe Discovered the World

Under the direction of Catherine Hofmann, Hélène Richard, Emmanuelle Vagnon

Buffalo (NY): Firefly Books, 2013
Cost: $35.00 on

This book in full color illustrates the Portolan charts and world maps that were on exhibit at the National Library of France.  The NLF holds over 500 maritime maps, which first appeared in the 13th century.  As the President of the NLF states, “In this book, the library also offers a synthesis, in high-color resolution, of the accumulated knowledge – thoroughly updated in the last 20 years – of a cartography that was imbued with vitality and exceptional longevity.”  The book includes expert commentary from 15 European scholars.  This is a must-have book for those interested in this subject.

Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader

Edited by Jordana Dym and Karl Offen

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-226-61821-0
Cost: $127.00 on

From Amazon: “In Mapping Latin America, Jordana Dym and Karl Offen bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and interpret more than five centuries of Latin American maps. Individual chapters take on maps of every size and scale and from a wide variety of mapmakers—from the hand-drawn maps of Native Americans, to those by famed explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, to those produced in today’s newspapers and magazines for the general public. The maps collected here, and the interpretations that accompany them, provide an excellent source to help readers better understand how Latin American countries, regions, provinces, and municipalities came to be defined, measured, organized, occupied, settled, disputed, and understood—that is, how they came to have specific meanings to specific people at specific moments in time.  The first book to deal with the broad sweep of mapping activities across Latin America, this lavishly illustrated volume will be required reading for students and scholars of geography and Latin American history, and anyone interested in understanding the significance of maps in human cultures and societies.”

The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island

By Michael Layland

Canada: TouchWood Editions, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-77151-015-8
Cost: $30.00 on

A full color book detailing the history of the mapping of Vancouver Island in 130 maps dating between 1593 and 1915.  The narrative is roughly chronological.  A good overview of the area.


Map Worlds: A History of Women in Cartography

By Will C. Van Den Hoonaard

Waterloo, Canada: Wilfrid Lauier University Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-55458-932-6
Cost: $54.00 on

From Amazon: “Map Worlds plots a journey of discovery through the world of women map-makers from the golden age of cartography in the sixteenth-century Low Countries to tactile maps in contemporary Brazil. Author Will C. van den Hoonaard examines the history of women in the profession, sets out the situation of women in technical fields and cartography-related organizations, and outlines the challenges they face in their careers.”

“The book explores women as colourists in early times, describes the major houses of cartographic production, and delves into the economic function of intermarriages among cartographic houses and families. It relates how in later centuries, working from the margins, women produced maps to record painful tribal memories or sought to remedy social injustices. In more contemporary times, one woman so changed the way we think about continents that the shift has been likened to the Copernican revolution. Other women created order and wonder about the lunar landscape, and still others turned the art and science of making maps inside out, exposing the hidden, unconscious, and subliminal “text” of maps. Shared by all these map-makers are themes of social justice and making maps work for the betterment of humanity.”

Mr. Seldon’s Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer

By Timothy Brook

Toronto, Canada: House of Anansi Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-77089-353-5
Cost: $17.50 on

From Amazon: “In 2009, an extraordinary map of China was discovered in Oxford’s Bodleian Library—where it had first been deposited 350 years before, then stowed and forgotten for nearly a century. Neither historians of China nor cartography experts had ever seen anything like it. It was so odd that experts would have declared it a fake—yet records confirmed it had been delivered to Oxford in 1659. The “Selden Map,” as it is known, was a puzzle that needing solving.”

“Brook, a historian of China, set out to explore the riddle. His investigation will lead readers around this elegant, enigmatic work of art, and from the heart of China, via the Southern Ocean, to the court of King James II. In the story of Selden’s map, he reveals for us the surprising links between an English scholar and merchants half a world away, and offers novel insights into the power and meaning that a single map can hold.”

Engraving and Etching 1400-2000: A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes
By Ad Stijnan
London: Archetype Publications, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-904982-71-5
Cost: $250.00 on

It is hard to imagine a more thorough study of this area than this book.  It is 240 pages and weighs a hefty 5.4 pounds.  The book is heavily illustrated and is in full color.  Chapters include: Antecedents, Early Developments and Dissemination; The Trade of Intaglio Printmaking; Producing the Matrix; and Printing the Matrix.  At the end is a bibliography of practical manuals that runs nearly 200 pages.  Two modern maps are included.  This is not a book that has any relation to maps other than to understand the processes by which production took place.


The Atlas Blaeu – van der Hem: History of the Atlas and the making of the facsimilie
Edited by Koert van der Horst
Houten, Netherlands: Hes & De Graff Publishers, 2011
ISBN: 978-90-6194-300-6

This book describes the origins of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the history of the making of the facsimile editions. It includes six articles on the original compilation of the 17th century atlas, including discussions about the history and contents of the atlas, the colorist including adding gold and silver to the pages, and then discussions as to the process of making the facsimile.  The book is on heavy paper and in full color.


Seeing the World Anew: The radical vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 world maps
By John W. Hessler and Chet Van Duzer
Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-929154-47-0
Cost: $85.00 on

“Among the prized collections in the Library of Congress are two enormous maps, one dated 1507 and the other 1516, that dared to show the world in ways it had never been seen before. On the 1507 map were an ocean that hardly anyone knew and a huge island that no one — including Columbus — had ever placed correctly. And a name for that island, never seen on any map before: America. That was just the start of the radical re-visioning of the world on these rarest of artifacts, both lost for almost 400 years, each surviving in just a single copy. For map lovers, history buffs, and thoughtful observers of the shifts that propel knowledge forward, here is a singular treasure, told by two leading authorities and replete with ancient images. Our book features the largest-ever authorized reproductions of these priceless maps, both in bound single sheets and pocketed foldout composites.”  (From the Levenger site.)


Mapping Virginia: From the age of exploration to the Civil War
By William C. Wooldridge
Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8139-3267-5
Cost: $94.95 on

Mapping Virginia provides a richly illustrated, comprehensive, and insightful view of how mapmakers perceived Virginia and how their vision changed over time to influence the cultural identity of the birthplace of our nation. William C. Wooldridge has meticulously researched over 300 of the most important and influential Virginia maps to provide an invaluable cartographic and historical resource that must certainly adorn the bookshelves of anyone interested in either history or maps.” (Margaret Beck Pritchard, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.)  The book is in full color and includes an annotated bibliography and a map list.


Finding their Way at Sea: the story of portolan charts, the cartographers who drew them and the mariners who sailed by them
By Richard Pflederer
Houten, Netherlands: HES & De Graff, 2012
ISBN: 978-90-6194-490-4
Cost: $59.95 on

Richard Pfleder, a recognized expert on portolan charts, has written a full-color book detailing the story of sea charts from the late medieval period through the Renaissance and into the Age of European Enlightenment.  Chapters include systems of geography (grids and radials), seaman and scientists, navigation and cartography, ports, notable cartographers and mariners, and sailing outside the bounds of the Mediterranean.


A Collection of Chinese Antique Maps
Beijing: China Cartographic Publishing House, 2011
ISBN: 978-7-5031-6263-3
Should be available at, but the site is only in Chinese

A beautifully made book about antique maps of China.  This is a wonderfully creative book that includes full color reproductions of early maps of China as well as foldouts of strip maps, inserted small booklets, all with descriptions.  The book is mostly in Chinese, although there is English throughout giving an overview of the maps included.


Łódź: Na Mapach, 1793-1939
Łódź : Wydawnictwo Jacek Kusiński : Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi ; Warszawa : Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Państwowych, 2012.
ISBN: 9788392766636

A full color hardbound book covering nearly 150 years of the mapping of Łódź, Poland.  It includes fold outs of the maps as well as beautiful pictures of the city.


Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers
By Becky Cooper
New York: Abrams, 2013
ISBN: 978-1419706721 for $19.95

From Amazon: “Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to “map their Manhattan” and to mail the personalized maps back to her. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with a cartography of intimate narratives: past loves, lost homes, childhood memories, comical moments, and surprising confessions. A beautifully illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to New York, Mapping Manhattan includes 75 maps from both anonymous mapmakers and notable New Yorkers, including Man on Wire aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Timeswine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and many more.”


First X, Then Y, Now Z: An Introduction to Landmark Thematic Maps
By John Delaney
Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2012
ISBN: 978-1419706721
Available at .  $45 by check.

This book is a companion piece to the recent exhibit at Princeton, which is available online here:  The book is in full color with plenty of text and color illustrations.  The companion website has higher resolution imagery of the maps, which allows for close viewing of the maps.


L’Apparition du Nord: selon Gérard Mercator
By Louis-Edmond Hamelin and Stéfano Biondo et Joë Bouchard
Québec: Septentrion, 2013
ISBN: 9782894487327
Available at  $49.95 Canadian dollars.

This book commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerard Mercator.  It is entirely in French and focuses on his mapping of the North Pole.  In full color.

Korea: A Cartographic History
By John Rennie Short
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-226-75364-5
Cost: $45.00 on

The book, with full color depictions of the maps, covers the span of Korean cartography from about 1400 to the present.  Short discusses maps made by Koreans and by non-Koreans.  The book is chronologically organized and highlights the influence of China, Japan and the rest of the world on Korean cartography.  There is an interesting chapter at the end about the controversies surrounding the naming of the East Sea/Sea of Japan and the island of Dokdo.


On the Edge: Mapping North America’s Coast
By Roger McCoy
Oxford University Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0199744046
Cost: $29.95 on

According to Amazon, On the Edge “tells the captivating–and often harrowing–story of the 400 year effort to map North America’s Coasts. Much of the book is based on the narratives of mariners who sought a passage through the continent to Asia and produced maps as a byproduct of their journeys. … On the Edge tracks the dramatic voyages of John Cabot, John Davis, Captain Cook, Henry Hudson, Martin Frobisher, John Franklin (who nearly starved to death and become known in England as “the man who ate his boots”), and others, concluding with Robert Peary, Otto Sverdrup, and Vihjalmur Steffanson in the early twentieth century.”


Japoniae Insvlae: The Mapping of Japan (Historical introduction and cartobibliography of European printed maps of Japan to 1800)
By Jason C. Hubbard
Houten, Netherlands: Hes & De Graff Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 978-90-6194-531-4
Cost: $265.00 from, which says it is not released as of 1/25/2013 although it has been.  Available from

This oversized book is in full color and includes topics such as: early European mapping of Japan; imaginary maps; transitional maps; the dawn of modern maps;  European mapping in the 17th and 18th century; nautical charts; pirated maps, counterfeit maps; indigenous mapmaking; early Japanese mapmaking to the 17th and 18th centuries.


London: A History in Maps
By Peter Barber
London: London Topographical Society, 2012
ISBN: 978-0712358798
Cost: $45.00 on

Tony Barber, head of the maps and topographical views at the British Library has produced an impressive book detailing the history of London in maps.  The images are in full color throughout and cover the timespan from 50 AD through modern times.  A must have for Anglophiles such as myself!


Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit
By Joyce E Chaplin
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9619-6
Cost: $35.00 on, $16.99 for the e-book

Joyce Chaplin is an Early American History professor at Harvard and regularly writes about science including books on Ben Franklin and science on the Anglo-American frontier.  Here she looks at the 500 year history of the ways in which people and animals have circled the Earth.  The book includes a few map reproductions in black and white.


Mission Possible: A Neighborhood Atlas

CAGE Lab Collaboration
Darin Jensen, Editor

“Mission Possible: A Neighborhood Atlas is the product of a collaboration with Mission Loc@l and a project in experiential learning by students in the Cartography and GIS Education (CAGE) Lab at UC Berkeley’s Geography Department.  Students examined and mapped phenomena of the Mission in an effort to look at the neighborhood from different viewpoints and to offer users useful information.  The maps in this atlas are products of students’ work and imagination.” (from their website)

This is a great neighborhood atlas and one worth exploring.  You can view the whole thing for free at .  You may also purchase the atlas for your collection from the same site.


Mapping Europe’s Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire

By Steven Seegel
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012
ISBN:  978-0-226-74425-4
Cost: $55 on (or less)

“Drawing from sources in eleven languages, including military, historical-pedagogical, and ethnographic maps, as well as geographic texts and related cartographic literature, Seegel explores the role of maps and mapmakers in the East Central European borderlands from the Enlightenment to the Treaty of Versailles.” (from the dust jacket)


Mapping Greece, 1420-1800, A History: Maps in the Margarita Samourkas CollectionBy Giorgos Tolias

By Giorgos Tolias
New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, 2011
ISBN:  978-1-58456-302-0
Cost: $250.00 on

This is an impressive book on the mapping of Greece.  The book is 545 pages long complete with essays and full color reproductions of the maps from the Margarita Samourkas Collection.  It includes a catalogue of all of the maps in the collection.  A must have for people interested in this topic.


Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

By Susan Schulten
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012
ISBN:  978-0226740683
Cost: $45.00 (or less) on

“In the nineteenth century, Americans began to use maps in radically new ways. For the first time, medical men mapped diseases to understand and prevent epidemics, natural scientists mapped climate and rainfall to uncover weather patterns, educators mapped the past to foster national loyalty among students, and Northerners mapped slavery to assess the power of the South. After the Civil War, federal agencies embraced statistical and thematic mapping in order to profile the ethnic, racial, economic, moral, and physical attributes of a reunified nation. By the end of the century, Congress had authorized a national archive of maps, an explicit recognition that old maps were not relics to be discarded but unique records of the nation’s past.

All of these experiments involved the realization that maps were not just illustrations of data, but visual tools that were uniquely equipped to convey complex ideas and information. In Mapping the Nation, Susan Schulten charts how maps of epidemic disease, slavery, census statistics, the environment, and the past demonstrated the analytical potential of cartography, and in the process transformed the very meaning of a map.” (From Amazon website)


Early American Cartographies

Edited by Martin Brückner
University of North Carolina Press, 2011
ISBN:  978-0-8078-3469-5
Cost: $60 on

“Maps were at the heart of cultural life in the Americas from before colonization to the formation of modern nation-states. The fourteen essays in Early American Cartographies examine indigenous and European peoples’ creation and use of maps to better represent and understand the world they inhabited.  The individual essays, then, range widely over space and place, from the imperial reach of Iberian and British cartography to indigenous conceptualizations, including “dirty,” ephemeral maps and star charts, to demonstrate that pre-nineteenth-century American cartography was at once a multiform and multicultural affair.” From Amazon’s website.

Cartografía Hispánica: Imagen de un Mundo en Crecimiento, 1503-1810

By Marino Cuesta Domingo
Madrid : Ministerio de Defensa, 2010
ISBN:  978-84-9781-593-2

The book is entirely in Spanish with color photographs.  Chapter titles are listed here: .  The book may also be ordered through this website.

Historical Atlas of Washington and Oregon

By Derek Hayes
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011
ISBN:  978-0-520-26615-5
Cost: $39.95 on amazon (or less)

Derek Hayes has written another book in his “Historical Atlas” series.  The book is oversized and in full color with many pictures and map reproductions.  The maps date from the early 1800’s to new releases detailing the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

Los Angeles in Maps

By Glen Creason
New York : Rizzoli, 2010
ISBN:  978-0-8478-3391-7
Cost: $50 (or less) on

Glen Creason, the Map Librarian at Los Angeles Public Library and member of CMS, has written and beautifully illustrated a cartographic history of Los Angeles.  Contributions from other luminaries, such as our own Bill Warren, add to the essays that describe each piece.  The  maps are in full color and cover the period from 1860 up until 2010.  A must have book for anyone interested in the mapping of this region. Also see review.

Disease Maps: Epidemics on the Ground

By Tom Koch
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2011
ISBN:  978-0-226-44935-7
Cost: $45

“Where will this year’s incarnation of H1N1 strike? And will flu shots and hand washing be enough to fend it off? Thankfully, Tom Koch’s Disease Maps is here to shed light on the subject of epidemics both historic and contemporary. In it, he contends that to understand epidemics and their history we need to think about maps of varying scale, from the individual body to shared symptoms evidenced across cities, nations, and the world.”  (From the Publisher’s Website:

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

By Rachel Hewitt
London : Granta, 2010
ISBN:  978-1-84708-098-1
Cost: $17.50 used from

“Map of a Nation tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map – the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles. The Ordnance Survey is a much beloved British institution, and Map of a Nation is, amazingly, the first popular history to tell the story of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it.” (From the Publisher’s Website:

Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas

By Denis Wood
Los Angeles : Siglio, 2010
ISBN:  978-0-9799562-4-9
Cost: $28.00

This is an interesting book if you are curious about alternative, conceptual forms of mapping.  As the publisher states: “Denis Wood has created an atlas unlike any other. Surveying Boylan Heights, his small neighborhood in North Carolina, he subverts the traditional notions of mapmaking to discover new ways of seeing both this place in particular and the nature of place itself. Each map attunes the eye to the invisible, the overlooked, and the seemingly insignificant.”  (From the Publisher’s Website:

Railway Maps of the World

By Mark Ovenden
New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN:  978-0-670-02265-6
Cost: $35.00

With pages of full color images and maps, Mark Ovenden highlights contemporary and historical maps and posters of railway lines from around the world.  This is a follow-up to his “Transit Maps of the World” published in 2007.

Manuscript and Annotated Maps in the American Geographical Society Library: A Cartobibliography

Complied by Jovanka Ristić
Milwaukee : University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010
ISBN:  1-879281-27-9
Cost: $15.00

“The book offers descriptive entries on over 300 maps in AGSL that were drawn by hand, many of them extremely rare, beginning with its oldest example, the 1452 “Map of the World’” by Venetian cartographer Giovanni Leardo. The Cartobibliography also has entries on AGSL’s  printed maps with manuscript annotations, including nautical charts notated by Charles Lindbergh as he planned the first trans-Atlantic flight.” (From the Publisher’s Website:

The Finest Illustrated Maps of Hungary: 1528-1895

By Katalin Plihál
Hungary : Kossuth Publishing, 2009
ISBN: 978-963-09-6047-2

This book features maps from the National Széchényi Library in Hungary.  The oldest map is from 1528 and continues through the centuries up to 2007.  In full color and in English.  More information may be found here: .

Ships on Maps : Pictures of Power in Renaissance Europe
By Richard W. Unger
Houndmills, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
ISBN: 978-0-230-23164-1
Cost: $80 (or less) on

Ships were rare sights on maps prior to 1375.  After that time, they grew in abundance up through the sixteenth century.  Unger investigates how, “the many ships that came to decorate maps in the age when sailors began to sail around the world were an integral part of the information summarizing a new age.”  This hardbound book has black and white illustrations as well as a section of eight color plates.

Northward Bound – At the Far Edge of the World
By Benedict Gamborg Brisa
Norway : Nordkappmuseet, 2010.
ISBN: 978-82-90700-13-8
Unable to find a source for this item.

This booklet was published in conjunction with the map exhibition of the same name at the North Cape Museum in Norway during the summer and autumn of 2010.  Printed in English with full color reproductions, the maps focus on the Nordic and Arctic regions covering the time period between the Middle Ages and the mid 1700’s.

Covens & Mortier : A Map Publishing House in Amsterdam, 1685-1866
By Dr. Marco van Egmond
Houten, Netherlands : HES & De Graaf, 2009.
ISBN: 978-90-6194-220-7
Cost: $395.00 on

This book has been published as part of the Utrecht Studies in the History of Cartography, Volume 8.  It is based on a Dutch language dissertation by the same author published in 2005.  In addition to the original dissertation, Dr. van Egmond has added several hundred illustrations and a carto-bibliography with original and compiled maps by Covens & Mortier.  The book includes full color illustrations throughout and includes a detailed history of this publishing house.  Truly an impressive work.

Mapping America : Exploring the Continent
By Frtiz Kessler
London: Black Dog Publishing, 2010.
ISBN: 978-1907317088
Cost: $45.00 or less on

An interesting book that has full color depictions of the United States which are artistic, interpretive, and theoretical.  The maps span four centuries of depictions of America and including everything from the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, environmentalism and terrorism.

La carta de Gabriel de Vallseca de 1439
By Ramon J. Pujades I Bataller
Barcelona: Lumen Artis Ediciones, 2009.
ISBN: 978-84-612-3682-4
Unable to find a source for this item.

This book delves into the oldest known Portolan Chart by the Majorcan cartographer, Gabriel de Vallseca.   As is noted on the Lumen Artis web site, the information it contains reflects the knowledge of the period with regard to physical, biological and political geography.  The book includes full color pictures and a complete translation of the text in English.  It is accompanied by a reproduction of the chart.  950 copies have been printed.  Find out more here:

Capitanata in Carta : La Rappresentazione del Territorio dal XIV al XX Secolo
By Antonio Ventura
Foggia : Claudio Grenzi Editore, 2010.
ISBN: 978-88-8431-379-9
Cost: 26 Euros from the publisher at

This softbound full-color book traces the history of the Capitanata region in Italy near the city of Foggia through cartographic depictions, bird’s eye views and drawings of notable buildings in the area.  The book is in Italian and includes descriptions of all of the items as well as essays.

A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World
By Matti Lainema and Juha Nurminen
London : Conway, 2009.
ISBN: 978-1-84486-069-2
Cost: $60 (or less) on

This book was originally published in 2001 as Ultima Thule by the John Nurminen Foundation.  Juha Nurminen states in the introduction that “This volume is an account of the most essential and the most exciting aspects of mapping the Arctic areas from antiquity right through to the opening of the Northwest and Northeast Passages and the conquering of the North Pole.”  His interest is in the mapping of the region while his co-author collects travel narratives.  Together they have produced a beautiful coffee table book in full color full of maps, photographs, paintings and information about the extreme north.  A must for anyone interested in this region.

Atlas du Vanouatou (Vanuatu)
By Patricia Siméoni
Port-Vila, Vanouatou : Éditions Géo-Consulte, 2009.
ISBN: 978-2-9533362-0-7
Cost: $211.00 on

Published in French, this atlas covers the region that is the archipelago of Vanouatou.  The atlas includes information about the cultural and the physical aspects of the islands.

Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad

By Derek Hayes
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-520-26616-2
Cost: $40.00 or less (Available from

Derek Hayes’s current book covers the history of the North American railroad.  Lavishly illustrated with maps, he discusses the origins of the railroad, its growth from a series of local lines to a transcontinental network through to the present state of the railroad system today.

De Polderatlas van Nederland
By Clemens Steenbergen, et al.
Bussum, Netherlands : Thoth, 2009.
ISBN: 978-90-6868-509-1

Wikipedia describes a polder as a “low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments known as dikes.”  There are three types of polders, those lands reclaimed from a body of water, flood planes separated from the sea or river or marshes separated from the surrounding water.  The Dutch have a long history of land manipulation and reportedly have over 3,000 polders nationwide.  This impressive atlas exhaustively details this process using GIS, photographs, maps and satellite imagery.  The book is in Dutch.

Atlas Nacional de la República de Panamá
By Ministerio de Obras Públicas
Panama : Instituto Geográfico Nacional “Tommy Guardia”, 2007.
ISBN: 978-9962-8865-2-5

This is the 4th edition of the National Atlas of Panama.  This up to date atlas uses GIS to depict information such as health conditions, boundaries, maritime zones, population, agriculture, industry, education, etc.  The book is published in Spanish.

The Kandik Map
By Linda Johnson
Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60223-032-3
Cost: $34.95 (Available from

“In 1880, a Native American named Paul Kandik and a French explorer, François Mercier, traveled across northeastern Alaska and western Canada to create the earliest known map of the region.” (from book cover)  The original map is held at the Bancroft Library and UC Berkeley.  The author draws on historical letters, geographical analysis, and the map itself in her study of the map and its makers.

Carte per Navigare: La raccolta di portolani della Biblioteca Palatina di Parma
Edited by MUP: Monte Universita Parma
Parma : Mirabilia Palatina, 2009.
ISBN: 978-88-7847-264-8
Cost: 30 Euros from

A beautiful book published to coincide with the exhibit at the Biblioteca Palatina di Parma.  The book is in Italian with color pictures of their portolan charts dating from the early 1600s.

Maps of Istanbul: Haritalari 1422-1922
By Ayse Yetiskin Kubilay
Istanbul : Denizler Kitabevi
ISBN: 978-9944-264-19-8
Cost: 160 Euros from Zero Books Online

A beautifully illustrated oversized full color book highlighting maps of Istanbul for 500 years, including text in English and Turkish.

X Marks the Spot: Women Writers Map the Empire for British Children, 1790-1895
By Megan A. Norcia
Athens, OH : Ohio University Press
ISBN: 978-0-8214-1907-6
Cost: $50.00 (Available from

Dr. Norcia writes about the geography primers of the 19th century in Britain, which were middle-class women.  She “offers an alternative method for mapping the landscape of nineteenth-century female history by reintroducing the primers into the dominant historical record.”

Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro
By Mark Ovenden
New York : Penguin Books
ISBN: 978-0-14-311639-4
Cost: $25.00 (Available from

This soft cover book has over 1,000 full-color maps, diagrams and photographs that detail the history of the subway system in Paris.  A must for a Francophile!

Mapping New York

edited by Phoebe Adler, Tom Howells and Duncan McCorquodale
London : Black Dog Pub., c2009.
ISBN:  9781906155827
Cost: $49.95 (Available from

Mapping New York includes maps dating from the 16th century to the present and are arranged thematically including information on the population, military history, transport, commerce and crime in the city.

The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map that gave America its Name

by Toby Lester
New York: Free Press, 2009.
ISBN:  9781416535317
Cost: $30.00 (Available from has a long review of this book by Simon Winchester.  He calls this “quite a wonderful book” that describes America’s “birth-certificate.”  He goes on to state that, “The document is a map–and so Mr. Lester’s book is in essence about cartography, and sixteenth century cartography at that, a specialist’s dream. But the tale of the making and then the hiding and the losing and the finding of this extraordinary and very large document–it called the Waldseemüller Map, and it now belongs to the Library of Congress–is sufficiently exciting to be almost unbearably thrilling. And anyone who can make cartography thrill deserves a medal, at the very least.”

Mapping New Jersey: an Evolving Landscape

Cartography by Michael Siegel, edited by Maxine N. Lurie and Peter O. Wacker.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rivergate Books, c2009.
ISBN:  9780813545851
Cost: $39.95 (Available from

It has been nearly 100 years since the last atlas was published about the state of New Jersey.  The book is divided into chapters by subject and includes a large number of interesting historical maps as well as current maps highlighting demographic and physical geography information. 

The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire

Edited by James R. Akerman
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Series:  The Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., lectures in the history of cartography
ISBN:  9780226010762
Cost: $47.60 (Available from

From “Critically reflecting on elements of mapping and imperialism from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century, the essays discuss the nature of the imperial map through a series of case studies of empires, from the Qing dynasty of China, to the Portuguese empire in South America, to American imperial pretensions in the Pacific Ocean, among others. Collectively, the essays reveal that the relationship between mapping and imperialism, as well as the practice of political and economic domination of weak polities by stronger ones, is a rich and complex historical theme that continues to resonate in our modern day.”

Maps in Those Days: Cartographic Methods before 1850

By J.H. Andrews
Dublin, Ireland; Four Courts, c2009.
ISBN: 9781846821882
Cost: $85.00 (Available from Four Courts Press.)

From the Four Courts Press website: “For some years the emphasis in map-historical literature has been either on traditional cartobibliography or on various cultural, social and ideological aspects of the mapping process. By contrast, few recent books have described what early cartographers actually did. Maps in Those Days addresses this question.”

Longitude by Wire: Finding North America

By Richard Stachurski
Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, c2009.
ISBN: 1570038015
Cost: $29.95 (Available from

From “In Longitude by Wire, Richard Stachurski chronicles the amazing tale of discoveries made by American scientists as they worked to solve [the] life-threatening quandary … of measuring longitude. Stachurski recounts how the successful coupling of precision chronometers with the new electrical technology represented by Samuel Morse’s telegraph produced the long-sought solution to the longitude problem.

Cartographic Encounters: Indigenous Peoples and the Exploration of the New World

By John Rennie Short
London, UK: Reaktion Books, 2009.
ISBN: 1861894368
Cost: $45.00 (Available from

From “In this vital reinterpretation of American history, Short describes how previous accounts of the mapping of the new world have largely ignored the fundamental role played by local, indigenous guides. The exchange of information that resulted from this “cartographic encounter” allowed the Native Americans to draw upon their wide knowledge of the land in the hope of gaining a better position among the settlers.  This account offers a radical new understanding of Western expansion and the mapping of the land and will be essential to scholars in cartography and American history.”

Courtiers and Cannibals, Angels and Amazons: the Art of the Decorative Cartographic Titlepage

By Rodney Shirley
Houten, Netherlands: Hes & De Graaf, c2009.
ISBN:  9061940605
Cost: $88.00 (Available from Hes & de Graaf Publishers.)

From the HDG Web site: “This book aims to preserve and bring forward for wider appreciation the outstanding works of art that many engraved title pages and frontispieces represent. Over the time period covered by the present publication – roughly from the 1470s to the 1870s – very many printed books opened with an attractive decorative title page or frontispiece; sometimes both.”

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