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The Island of Lost Maps A True Story of Cartographic Crime

The Island of Lost Maps A True Story of Cartographic Crime - Miles Harvey

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Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Gerry
Recommended for: Map lovers called Wanda
Read from June 08 to October 07, 2012


My isbn: 029784234x



It is not down on any map;
true places never are.

Herman Melville, 'Moby Dick'

Opening: Explorers pin maps to their walls; journalists tape stories to theirs. For both, doing so is a way of getting their bearings.

At just over 400 pages, this is too lengthy for an in depth read so it is a skimestable tome.

Shakespeare once used the term mappery to describe the passionate study of chart or map.

Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that way) I would put my finger on it and say, "When I grow up I will go there." Joseph Conrad 'Heart of Darkness'

Although Blumberg's collection was worth up to $20 million, he never sold a single book. Mr. Bland, on the other hand...

George Peabody Library, Baltimore

Chapter 2 - Imaginary Creatures is a hoot
Chp 3 - The Map Mogul
Chp 4 An Approaching Storm
Chp 5 - How to make a map, how to take a map
Chp 6 - The Invisible Crime Spree

Chp 7 - A Brief History of Cartographic Crime - interesting
Chp 8 - Pathfinding
Chp 9 - The Waters of Paradise
Chp 10 - The Joy of Discovery
Chp 11 - THE TITULAR STORY - The Island of Lost Maps

California as an island:

Dürer 1515

Name dropping section:

Houtman Brothers
Henry the Navigator
Pedro Álvares Cabral - first european to sight Brazil
Vasco da Gama
Gilbert Bland Jr alias James Perry
Stephen Carrie Blumberg
Christopher Columbus
Hartmann Schedal
Johannes Ruysch
Henry Hudson
Sir Walter Raleigh
Antonia Pigafetta
Ferdinand Magellan
Jodocus Hondius
Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Bartolomé de Las Casas
Marco Polo
Kublai Khan
Martin Frobisher
Abraham Cresques
Martin Behaim

Books mentioned section:

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Who Was Who In World Exploration by Carl Waldman, Alan Wexler
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Neverland by Steven Frimmer
Did Marco Polo Go to China by Frances Wood
The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
Alice in Wonderland
The Clue In The Embers by Franklin W. Dixon
Treasure Island RLS
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde RLS
The Last of the Mohicans JFC
The Sea Lions JFC
Treasure of the Sierra Madre B travern
The Nature of Maps by Petchenik and Robinson
Brave New World Huxley