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After the enormous international success of The Phantom Atlas and The Golden Atlas, Edward Brooke-Hitching's stunning new book unveils some of the most beautiful maps and charts ever created during mankind's quest to map the skies above us. This richly illustrated treasury showcases the finest examples of celestial cartography - a glorious genre of map-making often overlooked by modern map books - as well as medieval manuscripts, masterpiece paintings, ancient star catalogues, antique instruments and other appealing curiosities. This is the sky as it has never been presented before: the realm of stars and planets, but also of gods, devils, weather wizards, flying sailors, medieval aliens, mythological animals and rampaging spirits. The reader is taken on a tour of star-obsessed cultures around the world, learning about Tibetan sky burials, star-covered Inuit dancing coats, Mongolian astral prophets and Sir William Herschel's 1781 discovery of Uranus, the first planet to be found since antiquity. Even stranger are the forgotten stories from European history, like the English belief of the Middle Ages in ships that sailed a sea above the clouds, 16th-century German UFO sightings and the Edwardian aristocrat who mistakenly mapped alien-made canals on the surface of Mars. As the intricacies of our universe are today being revealed with unprecedented clarity, there has never been a better time for a highly readable book as beautiful as the night sky to contextualise the scale of these achievements for the general reader.
Follow the conflict of the Second World War from 1939 to 1945 in this unique volume, published in association with Imperial War Museums, London, featuring historical maps and photographs from their archives, and fascinating commentary from an expert historian. Over 150 maps tell the story of how this global war was fought. Types of maps featured: * Strategic maps showing theatres of war, frontiers and occupied territories * Maps covering key battles and offensives on major fronts * Planning and operations maps showing defences in detail * Propaganda and educational maps for the armed forces and general public * Maps showing dispositions of Allied and enemy forces * Bomber and V-weapon target maps Descriptions of key historical events accompany the maps, giving an illustrated history of the war from an expert historian. Key topics covered include * 1939: Invasion of Poland * 1940: German invasion of Low Countries & France * 1940: Battle of Britain & German invasion threat * Dec 1941: Pearl Harbor * 1942: Turning points: Midway, Alamein, Stalingrad * 1941-45: Barbarossa and the Eastern Front * The War at Sea * The advances to Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad * The War in the Air * 1944: Neptune & Overlord; D-Day & liberation of France
About a millennium ago, in Cairo, someone completed a large and richly illustrated book. In the course of thirty-five chapters, our unknown author guided the reader on a journey from the outermost cosmos and planets to Earth and its lands, islands, features and inhabitants. This treatise, known as The Book of Curiosities, was unknown to modern scholars until a remarkable manuscript copy surfaced in 2000. Lost Maps of the Caliphs provides the first general overview of The Book of Curiosities and the unique insight it offers into medieval Islamic thought. Opening with an account of the remarkable discovery of the manuscript and its purchase by the Bodleian Library, the authors use The Book of Curiosities to re-evaluate the development of astrology, geography and cartography in the first four centuries of Islam. Early astronomical 'maps' and drawings demonstrate the medieval understanding of the structure of the cosmos and illustrate the pervasive assumption that almost any visible celestial event had an effect upon life on Earth. Lost Maps of the Caliphs also reconsiders the history of global communication networks at the turn of the previous millennium. Not only is The Book of Curiosities one of the greatest achievements of medieval map-making, it is also a remarkable contribution to the story of Islamic civilization.
A never-before-seen collection of United States National Park Service maps This book brings togethere a collection of over 400 maps produced by the United States National Park Service from 1910 to today. Photographer Brian Kelley has impulsively archived the rarely seen treasures over the past three years, uncovering a design portfolio with little to no credit to their respective designers. The growing collection displays a progressive design approach, from more typographic-driven covers, to the proliferation of duotone print production, culminating in the Unigrid system developed by Italian designer Massimo Vignelli in the 1970s.
With more than 550 maps and graphics, all completely revised, this atlas provides accurate coverage of the whole world. Introductory sections for each continent are also fully updated and feature stunning images that portray unique physical geography and highlight the sprawling extent of major cities. The flags and country facts at the end of each continental section reflect the latest statistics from national and international sources.
'Stunning...divine' Stephen Fry `A fabulous book, good enough to eat with a spoon! Marvellous' John Lloyd, creator of QI `Perfect for the armchair adventurer historian, this is a rich visual exploration of some of the most beautiful charts ever created' National Geographic 'Introduces us to a whole different way of looking at maps. Great illustrations, most engaging - the author is just a mine of information' Simon Mayo's Books of the Year The Golden Atlas is a spectacular visual history of exploration and cartography, a treasure chest of adventures from the chronicles of global discovery, illustrated with a selection of the most beautiful maps ever created. The book reveals how the world came to be known, featuring a magnificent gallery of exceptionally rare hand-coloured antique maps, paintings and engravings, many of which can only be found in the author's collection. Arranged chronologically, the reader is taken on a breathtaking expedition through Ancient Babylonian geography and Marco Polo's journey to the Mongol Khan on to buccaneers ransacking the Caribbean and the voyages of seafarers such as Captain Cook and fearless African pathfinders. Their stories are told in an engaging and compelling style, bringing vividly to life a motley collection of heroic explorers, treasure-hunters and death-dealing villains - all of them accompanied by eye-grabbing illustrations from rare maps, charts and manuscripts. The Golden Atlas takes you back to a world of darkness and peril, placing you on storm-lashed ships, frozen wastelands and the shores of hostile territories to see how the lines were drawn to form the shape of the modern world. The author's previous book, The Phantom Atlas, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller, described by Jonathan Ross as 'a spectacular, enjoyable and eye-opening read' and this new book is sure to follow suit.
This popular touring map has a huge amount of detail with over 1,000 places of tourist interest plotted and named on the map. The features have been plotted onto an up-to-date and attractive Collins map of Scotland. A clear, easy to follow road map with colour classified roads. Ideal for tourists with hundreds of distinctive tourist symbols and tourist information centres all shown. This map includes: * The whole of Scotland on a double sided sheet at 5 miles to 1 inch * Over 25 categories of tourist information shown on the map including youth hostels, picnic sites and ferries as well as the more obvious tourist sites such as castles, wildlife parks and museums * Detailed town centre maps of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Perth * Distances on the map along major routes Scale: 1:316,800 (5 miles to 1 inch). There is a comprehensive index to both place names and places of tourist interest.
This folded world map has been fully revised and updated to include the latest political changes. The map contains politically coloured mapping which shows individual countries and their capital city, major roads, railways and cities and towns clearly. Local name forms are used for all towns and cities with the English or historical alternative shown in brackets e.g. Mumbai (Bombay), Sankt Peterburg (Leningrad) where space permits. This makes the map readily accessible to the general reader who needs an up-to-date map to follow reports of world events in newspapers, on radio and television. It is perfect for the home and office. INCLUDES: * All recent political changes carried out to mapping. * Changes to international dateline. AREA OF COVERAGE All of the world, centred on the Greenwich Meridian, and including maps of the North and South Pole regions. SCALE Scale 1:30 000 000; 1cm to 300 km; 1 inch to 474 miles. Size of world map unfolded 637 x 1016mm
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games. The ultimate geographical challenge from the world's leading atlas makers. World mapping quizzes and puzzles to test how well you know your countries, flags and capital cities An ingenious mix of word games, trivia questions, brain teasers, anagrams and mathematical conundrums that will keep your mind working for hours. These fiendish mapping quizzes and puzzles are devised by Gareth Moore, author of best-selling Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book. * Test your geographical knowledge of countries, cities, rivers, mountains and much more * Challenge your knowledge of world themes from climate to health * Fiendish mapping quizzes and puzzles * Includes a unique world crossword with more than 150 clues!
A gift notebook with a stylish Times world atlas white cover. 240 plain and lined pages to plan and record your adventures. Designed to plan your next adventure and record your impressions, ideas, notes and sketches as you travel. With weekly and monthly planner pages, plus sections to keep track of your travel wish list and where you have been. Contains a handy rear pocket to store tickets and mementoes. Perfect for planning, recording, doodling and capturing your travels. Can also be used for recording your holiday dreams whilst in the office.
Scotland Map originally published to accompany Black's Picturesque Tourist Guide of Scotland in 1840. Hand drawn map of how Scotland looked in the 19th century. This pull out map which was referred to in the Black's Guide as an 'accurate travelling map'. The hand drawn map has the counties at the time highlighted with coloured boundaries - something that would have been printed layer by layer, starting with the main black text and shading and then a separate printing for each colour over the black, one colour at a time. Black's Guide to Scotland was featured in the recent TV series Grand Tours of Scotland when Paul Murton used his guide to reveal historical changes in the landscape. The guide has been re-published and is available to accompany this map. ISBN 9780008251147
Prepared specifically to support social studies and geography courses at upper primary and lower secondary levels throughout the Caribbean. The atlas is fully illustrated and includes the most up to date reference and thematic mapping of the countries within the Caribbean Community as well as the broader Caribbean region. Maps are fully supported with illustrations, photographs and data. World maps cover international issues which have a bearing on Caribbean development.
The clear and detailed mapping in this bestselling Collins world atlas has been brought fully up-to-date to reflect all recent geopolitical changes. Great value and contains all the world maps you need in a budget atlas, for family, study and business use. Key features of this atlas include: * Fully revised, detailed reference maps of the world * Map of the world's countries and physical features * Introductory section includes facts on all the countries of the world, including flags, area, population, capital city, languages, religions and currency * Map of the world's time zones * Over 10,000 index entries A new, fully updated edition of this bestselling atlas of the world.
This book explores the stories behind seventy-five extraordinary maps. It includes unique treasures such as the fourteenth-century Gough Map of Great Britain, exquisite portolan charts made in the fifteenth century, the Selden Map of China - the earliest example of Chinese merchant cartography - and an early world map from the medieval Islamic Book of Curiosities, together with more recent examples of fictional places drawn in the twentieth century, such as C.S. Lewis's own map of Narnia and J.R.R. Tolkien's map of Middle Earth. As well as the works of famous mapmakers Mercator, Ortelius, Blaeu, Saxton and Speed, the book also includes lesser known but historically significant works: early maps of the Moon, of the transit of Venus, hand-drawn estate plans and early European maps of the New World. There are also some surprising examples: escape maps printed on silk and carried by pilots in the Second World War in case of capture on enemy territory; the first geological survey of the British Isles showing what lies beneath our feet; a sixteenth-century woven tapestry map of Worcestershire; a map plotting outbreaks of cholera and a jigsaw map of India from the 1850s. Behind each of these lies a story, of intrepid surveyors, ambitious navigators, chance finds or military victories. Drawing on the unique collection in the Bodleian Library, these stunning maps range from single cities to the solar system, span the thirteenth to the twenty-first century and cover most of the world.
Facsimile edition of the famous Black's Picturesque Tourist Guide of Scotland originally published in 1840. The Black's Guide to travel is the star of the television series 'Grand Tours of Scotland' as used by Paul Murton. Starts with a description of Scotland, Edinburgh and Leith and the Environs of Edinburgh. The guide then describes Fourteen Tours of Scotland for the traveller, highlighting notable features the travellers may encounter. In the preface to the guide it states that 'the author has contended himself with giving a plain and intelligible account of the scenery most worthy of the attention of strangers ' As well as the in-depth tours there are 21 detailed Itineraries and an index. There are also charts and scenic views from around Scotland at the time.
Eighth edition of this popular atlas from the prestigious and authoritative Times Atlas range. Latest satellite images and fascinating historical maps. This world atlas contains the breadth, scale and detail to make it an ideal reference resource for school, home and business. The atlas has been brought fully up-to-date to provide a detailed and attractive picture of the world today. The beautifully illustrated introductory section gives a detailed profile of today's world and covers major contemporary geographical and global issues - such as environment and population growth - through maps, images, statistics and graphics. The fully up-to-date reference maps give exceptional detail and provide accurate, accessible and attractive coverage, helping you explore the world. 44 city plans of the world's major cities, showing major places of interest, have also been revised. A comprehensive guide to the world's states and territories including flags, profiles and key facts in included, making this the ideal reference atlas for home, school or office. Main features of this atlas include: * 104 pages of authoritative mapping of the whole world * Plans of 44 of the world's major cities * Geographical reference section with flags, statistics and facts for the world's states and territories * Statistics and world maps on major geographical themes, including earthquakes, population, cities, climate and the environment * The latest images of the earth from space * Historical mapping of the world from 1858 to the present day * 45,000 index entries
The authority and accuracy of a top range Times World Atlas at an affordable price. The atlas comes in a protective slipcase and has been fully updated with extra information next to each map. The reference mapping, produced in the beautifully clear and distinctive Times style has been completely updated with thousands of changes reflecting recent geopolitical and geographical change around the world. As with all atlases in the Times range it offers great authority, outstanding quality and attention to detail. Includes; * Detailed up-to-date reference mapping * Geographical reference section with flags, statistics and facts for all the world's countries * Extra information beside each map * A fascinating collection of maps from the last 150 years of world atlases included in a historical mapping section * Over 50,000 index entries "The definitive guide book to the world. It makes your mind run wild and your feet itch." Jake Meyer
Dating from the seventeenth century at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the Selden Map of China reveals a country very different from popular conceptions of the time, looking not inward to the Asian landmass but outward to the sea. Painted in multiple colours on three pieces of Mitsumata paper, this beautifully decorative map of China was discovered to be a seafaring chart showing Ming Dynasty trade routes. It is the earliest surviving example of Chinese merchant cartography and is evidence that Ming China was outward-looking, capitalistic and vibrant. Exploring the commercial aims of the Ming Dynasty, the port city of Quanzhou and its connections with the voyages of the early traveller Zheng He, this book describes the historical background of the era in which the map was used. It also includes an analysis of the skills and techniques involved in Chinese map-making and the significance of the compass bearings, scale and ratios found on the map, all of which combine to represent a breakthrough in cartographic techniques. The enthralling story revealed by this extraordinary artefact is central to an understanding of the long history of China's relationship with the sea and with the wider world.
From medieval maps to digital cartograms, this book features highlights from the Bodleian Library's extraordinary map collection together with rare artefacts and some stunning examples from twenty-first-century map-makers. Each map is accompanied by a narrative revealing the story behind how it came to be made and the significance of what it shows. The chronological arrangement highlights how cartography has evolved over the centuries and how it reflects political and social change. Showcasing a twelfth-century Arabic map of the Mediterranean, highly decorated portolan charts, military maps, trade maps, a Siberian sealskin map, maps of heaven and hell, C.S. Lewis's map of Narnia, J.R.R. Tolkien's cosmology of Middle-earth and Grayson Perry's tapestry map, this book is a treasure-trove of cartographical delights spanning over a thousand years.
As North Carolina enters a new century, perhaps no southern state faces a more intriguing combination of challenges and opportunities. Changes in the state's economy, shifts in its population, and a widening breach between urban and rural areas are just some of the forces that are reshaping North Carolina at this pivotal time in its history. The North Carolina Atlas will be an invaluable aid in any effort to better comprehend the past, present, and future of our changing state. Using text and more than three hundred maps, charts, and photographs, the book offers an in-depth yet accessible look at the state's physical environment, history, population, and economy as well as such other aspects of life as government, politics, education, health, culture, and outdoor recreation. Tracing the shifts and patterns that have made North Carolina what it is today, the book also forecasts where these and other trends are taking us in this new century. |Featuring more than 300 color maps, charts, and photographs, The North Carolina Atlas profiles the challenges and opportunities the state must address early in the new century. It offers a detailed yet accessible look at recent developments and trends in such areas as the environment, population growth, agriculture, retail trade, population shifts, tourism, education, politics.
This is a thoroughly revised edition of the Historical Atlas of Colorado, which was coauthored by Tom Noel and published in 1994. Chock-full of the best and latest information on Colorado, this new edition features thirty new chapters, updated text, more than 100 color maps and 100 color photos, and a best-of listing of Colorado authors and books, as well as a guide to hundreds of tourist attractions. Colorado received its name (Spanish for ""red"") after much debate and many possibilities, including Idaho (an ""Indian"" name meaning ""gem of the mountains"" later discovered to be a fabrication) and Yampa (Ute for ""bear""). Noel includes other little-known but significant facts about the state, from its status as first state in the Union to elect women to its legislature, to its controversial ""highest state"" designation, elevated by the 2013 legalization of recreational cannabis. Noel and cartographer Carol Zuber-Mallison map and describe Colorado's spectacular geography and its fascinating past. The book's eight parts survey natural Colorado, from rivers and mountains to dinosaurs and mammals; history, from prehistoric peoples to twenty-first-century Color-oddities; mining and manufacturing, from the gold rush to alternative energy sources; agriculture, including wineries and brewpubs; transportation, from stagecoach lines to light rail; modern Colorado, from the New Deal to the present (including politics, history, and information on lynchings, executions, and prisons); recreation, covering not only hiking and skiing but also literary locales and Colorado in the movies; and tourism, encompassing historic landmarks, museums, and even cemeteries. In short, this book has information - and surprises - that anyone interested in Colorado will relish.
In 1832 John Thomson published the first large-scale atlas of Scotland organised by county. Not only did this provide an invaluable and accurate picture of Scotland prior to the Clearances but it also marked out this Atlas as a highly significant milestone in the history of mapping. Thomson's Atlas of Scotland was the first since Blaeu's famous publication to map the land from accurate surveys and collected information. He announced that: 'the New County Atlas of Scotland will either be derived from Actual Surveys; or where such cannot be obtained, from other authentic materials, so corrected by the Attestators, and their Assistants, as to ensure greater accuracy than is to be found in any book of the kind published in this or any other Country.' The Atlas contains 58 large format, double-page maps of mainland Scotland, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. Two stunningly beautiful drawings illustrate the 'Comparative heights of the principal mountains of Scotland' and 'Comparative lengths of the principal rivers of Scotland'. An Introduction explains in detail how each of the maps was prepared and a full index of places appears at the back of the book. This high-quality limited edition is case-bound in real cloth with a protective slip-case, with each copy individually numbered, contains two introductory essays by Professor Charles W. Withers of the University of Edinburgh and by Chris Fleet and Paula Williams of the National Library of Scotland. Only available directly from the publisher.
Fully revised general reference atlas in the exciting Collins World Atlas range. Highly detailed maps giving balanced worldwide coverage, beautifully illustrated thematic pages and thousands of facts and statistics, including world and continental ranking tables. Top of the Range Atlas This atlas of the world presents a complete view of the world, bringing it to life through innovative maps, stunning images and detailed content. It offers an exciting perspective on how the planet is made up, how it looks and how it works. This atlas takes you further than traditional world atlases, giving a more complete understanding of the world. This atlas includes: * Wide range of topical issues covered including natural disasters, population, climate and the environment * Key country statistics allow comparisons of their state of development and an understanding of today's world * Thousands of facts and statistics including world and continental ranking tables
Fully revised and updated reference atlas in the exciting Collins world atlas range. This atlas provides more mapping area than any other atlas at this price. Key statistics, facts and flags for ever country of the world are included in the introductory section giving the user quick access to essential facts. These are supplemented by internet links to the most appropriate websites which provide opportunities for the reader to investigate issues further. Several world ranking tables are given, including highest mountains, deepest lakes and largest countries, making this atlas ideal for quizzes and crosswords. With over 36,000 place names, this atlas gives the user a detailed reference map with extensive worldwide coverage at a great price.
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