Reviews

Courtesy of Society members and from the Society’s newsletter. 

DECEMBER 2011  

Maphead, Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, Ken Jennings, Scribners, 2011, hardcover, 276 pages, index, notes, list $25.00, Amazon approx. $15.00. REVIEW

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Rebecca Solnit, Berkeley, Univ. of Calif. Press, 2010, 144 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-26250-8, heavy weight paperback, $24.95 list, Amazon $16.47, also available in hardcover.  REVIEW

SEPTEMBER 2011

Designed Maps: A Sourcebook for GIS Users, Cynthia A. Brewer, ESRI Press, Redlands, 2008, ISBN 978-1-58948-160-2, paperback, 184 pages, list $39.95, Amazon $20.03.   REVIEW

MAY 2011

Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved, Robin Wilson, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 2002, hardcover, ISBN 0-691-11533-8, list $24.95, Amazon $20.48 REVIEW

Strange Maps: an Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities, Frank Jacobs, Viking Studio, 2009, soft cover, ISBN 978-0-14-200525-5, list $30.00, Amazon $19.80 REVIEW

MARCH 2011

George Washington’s America: A Biography through his Maps, Barnet Schecter, Walker & Co., New York, 2010,
hardcover, 13-1/4” x 10-1/4”, ISBN 978-0-8027-1748-1. List $67.50, Amazon $33 REVIEW

 

DECEMBER 2010

Euskal Herria Museoa, Kartografia Bilduma • Colección Cartográfica • Collection Cartographique • The Map Collection, Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, 2010, Hardcover, 29 x29 cm + 1 CD. ISBN: 9788477524595, 35.00€. REVIEW

Los Angeles in Maps, Glen Creason, Rizzoli International, New York, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0-8478-3391-7, list $50, Amazon $31.05 REVIEW

Magnificent Maps, Power, Propaganda and Art, Peter Barber and Tom Harper, The British Library, 2010, ISBN 978 07123 5092 1, List $45, Amazon $35.64 REVIEW

SEPTEMBER 2010

Catálogo de catografía, cosmografía, náutica y navegación de la Biblioteca de la Sociedad Bilbaina, Sociedad Bilbaina, Bilbao, 2009, Hardbound, 269 Pages, text in Spanish. ISBN 978-84-613-3077-5. € 30 REVIEW

DECEMBER 2009

Planisferio o Carta General de la Tierra, Madrid 1800,  W. Michael Mathes, Ediciones Jose Porrua Turanzas, Madrid, 2009, in Spanish. REVIEW

MAY 2009

The Fabric of America, Andro Linklater, Walker & Company 2007, ISBN 10082715338, Paperback, available new from Amazon for $10.87.  REVIEW   

DECEMBER 2008

Transit Maps of the World, the World’s First Collection of Every Urban Train Map on Earthby Mark Ovenden, Second Edition, 2007, Penguin Books, paperback, 144 pages all in color, $25.00 list (Amazon, $16.50).  REVIEW   

Maps & Civilization, Cartography in Culture and Society, Third Edition, by Norman J. W. Thrower, University of Chicago Press, 2008, paperback, 352 pages incl. Notes, definitions, references, $25.00 everywhere.  REVIEW   

OCTOBER 2008

The Island at the Center of the World,Russell Shorto, Doubleday, 2004, 384 pp, ISBN 0385503490, $18.70 Amazon.com  REVIEW   

JULY 2008

Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America, Benjamin Woolley, Harper Collins Publishers (2007), ISBN 978-0-06-00956-2, paperback. List price $16.95.  REVIEW   

APRIL 2008

Drawing the Line, Mark Monmonier, Henry Holt and Company, 1995,
ISBN 0805025812 (available used from Amazon for as little as $2.00)  REVIEW   

DECEMBER 2007

Historical Atlas of California with Original Maps by Derek Hayes, University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 2007, ISBN 978-0-520-25258-5, cloth:alk. paper, dust jacket, 256 pages, incl. Catalog of Maps, bibliography, index, 476 maps, all in color, 13 x 10 inches, list price $39.95, Amazon $26.37  REVIEW   

Star Maps, History, Artistry, and Cartography, by Nick Kanas, M.D., Springer-Praxis Books, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, ISBN 978-0-387-71668-8, paperback, 382 pp. incl. appendices, index, b&w and color illustrations, list $34.95, Amazon $23.07.  REVIEW   

SEPTEMBER 2007

The Mapmakers’ Quest, David Buisseret, Oxford University Press, 2003, 227 pp, ISBN 019210053X, $24.50 Amazon.com   REVIEW   

Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier, Edited by Dennis Reinhartz and Gerald D. Saxon, University of Texas Press 2005, ISBN 0292706596,  $33.20  Amazon.com.  REVIEW   

MAY 2007

The Mapping of North America, by Philip D. Burden, Raleigh Publications, Rickmansworth, Herts, England, 1996,    ISBN 0 9527733 0 9.  A Cartobibliography of 410 maps of the Americas from the untitled map of Peter Martyr d’Anghiera, Seville, 1511 through Pietro Todeschi’s America noviter delineate….,  Bologna, c.1670.  A work of 568 pages, each map is described with a legible size illustration. This is meant to be a complete listing of all known printed maps now in existence.   REVIEW   

Atlas Maior of 1665, “The Greatest and Finest Atlas ever Published”, by Joan Blaeu, Taschen, Barnes & Noble, New York, Sept. 2006, 416 pages, introduction and text by Peter van der Krogt, ISBN 0760782067, on sale at BarnesandNoble.com for $24.98 plus shipping.  REVIEW   

MARCH 2007

Cuatro Siglos de Expresiones Geograficas del Ostmo Centroamericano. Four Centuries of Geographic Expressions of the Central American Isthmus, 1500-1900. Jens P. Bornholt, 2007, Universidad Francisco Marroqui, Guatemala, ISBN 99922-799-5-8, hard cover, 205 pp, maps, foldouts, biographies, glossary, bibliography, $80 US, not yet available on Amazon.  REVIEW   

DECEMBER 2003

Representing the Republic, by John Rennie Short, Reaktion Books Ltd., 2001, ISBN 1861890869,256 pages, $24.50   REVIEW

SEPTEMBER 2003

Changing Faces, Changing Places: Mapping Southern Californians, by James P. Allen and Eugene Turner, The Center for Geographical Studies, CSUN, 2002, ISBN 0965696626 (pbk.), 60 pages, $24.95   REVIEW

Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America, by Margaret Beck Pritchard and Henry G. Taliaferro, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2002, ISBN 0810935392, 434 pages with 283 illustrations (including 159 plates in full color), $95.  REVIEW

The True Story of How America Got Its Name, by Rodney Broome, MJF Books, 2001, ISBN 1567315453, 188 pages, $7.95.   REVIEW

JUNE 2003

A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America,by Jon Kukla, Alfred A Knopf, 2003, 430 pages with illustrations, maps and treaty texts, $30. REVIEW

Measuring America, by Andro  Linklater, Walker & Co., 2002, ISBN0802713963, 320 pages.   REVIEW

Mercator: The Man Who Mapped The Planet, by Nicholas Crane, Henry Holt & Co., 2003, ISBN 0805066241, 320 pages.   REVIEW

The Mismapping of Americaby Seymour I. Schwartz, University of Rochester Press, 2003, ISBN 1-58046-129-8, 233 pages.   REVIEW

Tracks in the Sea: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans,by Chester G. Hearn, McGraw Hill, 2002, ISBN0071368264, 288 pages    REVIEW
 
DECEMBER 2002

Mapping The West, America’s Westward Movement 1524-1890, by Paul E. Cohen with introduction by David Rumsey, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York, 2002, ISBN 0-8478-2492-6, 205 pages with bibliography, prints, and maps in full color, $50   REVIEW