The Best Books For People Who Love Maps

By Jeremy Black

The Books I Picked & Why

A History of America in 100 Maps

By Susan Schulten

A History of America in 100 Maps

Why this book?

An excellent example of the British Library’s History … in 100 Maps series, this book, by an expert, on the American geopolitical imagination, combines a first-rate text with instructive maps. Handsomely produced, it is good value.


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The Eternal City: A History of Rome in Maps

By Jessica Maier

The Eternal City: A History of Rome in Maps

Why this book?

This first-rate book, at once scholarly and accessible, is typical of the excellent production value of the University of Chicago Press, which is the major publisher of cartographic studies. Maier offers a fascinating reading of a good choice of maps.


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William Birchynshaw's Map of Exeter, 1743

By Todd Gray, Roger Kain, Richard Oliver

William Birchynshaw's Map of Exeter, 1743

Why this book?

The discovery of hitherto unknown maps is a great treat and this edition uses one to show the development of urban mapping. Well-anchored in the locality, this book is also of much wider value.


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Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library

By Tom Harper

Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library

Why this book?

Wide-ranging, high-production values, a good balance of maps and text, and excellent value for money. Includes many different types of map not least those of fantasy worlds.


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The History of Cartography, Volume 6: Cartography in the Twentieth Century

By Mark Monmonier

The History of Cartography, Volume 6: Cartography in the Twentieth Century

Why this book?

A blockbuster of a reference work, but also a vital tool for all those interested the history of maps and mapping. Part of a series that is at once majestic, handsome, and full of the detailed knowledge of scholarship.


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