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


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


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



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


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


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   


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   


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


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   


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


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


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

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