Academic journal article Geography

Mapping America

Academic journal article Geography

Mapping America

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Mapping America Frank Jacobs and Fritz Kessler London: Black Dog Publishing, 2010 240pp, 24.5x29.5cm Hb: £24.95 ISBN 9 78-1-90 731 7-08-8

This book is a successorio Mapping England, reviewed in Geography in 2009 (Vol 94, Part 3). Whether or not the two herald a planned series of maps of countries is not stated but, on this evidence, I hope so. Though its objectives are difficult to encapsulate, Mapping America is different from other recent books on the cartography of North America. Its distinctiveness is in the selection of the more than 120 maps reproduced - almost half of which were published or created after 1999 - and in the short texts accompanying them. Written by authors who between them have published a book on cartographic curiosities, maintain the 'Strange Maps' web-blog and edit the journal Cartographic Perspectives, with its focus on current information for map users and map educators, these extended captions are not merely informative: many challenge and some provoke.

The book will fascinate those interested in small-scale thematic maps. …

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