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Title: Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities Author: Frank Jacobs Date/Year: October 29, 2009 Format: Paperback Reviewer: cartonaut To kick off Map Book Blog with its first review, this review is for a book that itself started as a blog that resulted in an atlas of curious maps compiled by Frank Jacobs called Strange Maps. The book and blog have had a large and devoted following and both have been reviewed often and in detail since it was first released almost 6 years ago, so I’m not covering any new ground here. What is still new in this book is the fresh light of day cast upon obscure oddities of the map world pulled and extracted from old cabinets and books. Frank Jacobs is part anthropologist and part carnival barker that brings illuminated commentary and curiosity to the two-headed maps of his special side show at the cartographic circus. He unearths relicts, idiosyncratic visions, beauty, and some monstrosities that captivate the map lover’s attention. In doing so, he reveals much about the people, their/our history, and the nuances of context for the times and events that encapsulated the map’s birth. This is an entertaining book that enlightens; so if you’re tired of the standard atlas…
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