From beautifully engraved sixteenth-century Dutch maps to sinister Nazi maps, this stunning compendium features some of the most famous cartography ever created. Stretching back to when explorers feared dropping off the “edge of the world,” these 65 examples include Lewis and Clark’s charting of the American West, the British mapping of India and Australia, and maps that divided up continents among conquerors, marked a country’s geology, or laid out military campaigns. There are even some “fantasy maps,” including one from Lord of the Rings! Organized chronologically, the collection shows the evolution of map-making from all corners of the globe.
John O. E. Clark is an author, encyclopedist, and publisher. His scientific background naturally leads to an interest in the cartographic breakthroughs of such figures as Edmond Halley, Alexander von Humboldt, and William Smith.
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the School of Historical, Political and Sociological Studies, Exeter University, England. His many books include Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past (Yale University Press) and Maps and Politics (University of Chicago Press).
Martin Marix Evans is the author of more than 20 titles and has spent a lifetime examining military maps. He contributed a number of the maps featured in this book. His books include Retreat, Hell! We Just Got Here!: The American Expeditionary Force in France 1917-1918 (Osprey Publishing).