©2018 by Betsy Mason

In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller—authors of the National Geographic cartography blog "All Over the Map"—explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Based on interviews with scores of leading cartographers, curators, historians, and scholars, this is a remarkable selection of fascinating and unusual maps.

This diverse compendium includes ancient maps of dragon-filled seas, elaborate graphics picturing unseen concepts and forces from inside Earth to outer space, devious maps created by spies, and maps from pop culture such as the schematics to the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. If your brain craves maps—and Mason and Miller would say it does, whether you know it or not—this eye-opening visual feast will inspire and delight. 

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Available October 30, 2018

 

PRESS COVERAGE AND REVIEWS

WIRED

This beautiful tome by WIRED alumni Betsy Mason and Greg Miller charts the fascinating history of cartography. The scores of maps in the book range from the whimsical (origins of meats supplied to Parisian butchers) to the political (North Dakota fracking sites) to the fantastical (Jerry Gretzinger’s imaginary world). Read more...

ATLAS OBSCURA

Pocket globes had been circulating since the 1600s, especially among sailors and students of cartography, write Betsy Mason and Greg Miller in their recent book, All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey. At the time, cartographic works ran the gamut from erudite and accessible, both in content and price. Read more...

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

In the age of Google and Waze, maps may seem redundant. But Betsy Mason, co-author of All Over the Map, explains that maps can do much more than help us avoid a traffic jam or find the next Starbucks. They can map poverty, bring to life the beauty of the Grand Canyon, or record war damage.  Read more...

PBS NEWSHOUR

In the age of Google Maps and GPS, which can dictate the exact turns you’ll need to navigate an unfamiliar city, are paper maps obsolete? “I just don’t think that’s even remotely true,” said author Betsy Mason. “Maps do so much more than help you navigate.”

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GEEKWIRE

Mapping the cosmos is just one of the topics addressed in this entertaining, colorful look at historical maps and the stories behind them. Space fans will revel in the tale surrounding a century’s worth of road atlases for Mars’ (non-existent) canals. 

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CITY LAB

With an eye for splendor, Mason and Miller dredge up stories of the past through the medium of maps, often with something to say about the present. Their new book, All Over the Map, binds hundreds of evocative maps into one volume, stitched with approachable, illuminating prose. Read more...

CARTONERD BLOG

Mason and Miller have got you covered whatever your map vice is. Whether you like the painstaking detail of beautiful topographic maps, the imagination of celestial charts, the analytical representation of statistical data or the fantasy of the map of Westeros then there’s plenty in this book to feast on. Read more...

INQUIRING MINDS PODCAST

Science journalists Greg Miller and Betsy Mason took their obsession with maps and translated that into one of the most beautiful and interesting compendiums of stories I've ever read. The book is filled with over 200 maps... I can't recommend it highly enough.

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THE MAP ROOM BLOG

This is as catholic, as inclusive, a collection as I have ever encountered. As an introduction to where things stand in the mapping world, to the best of what I’ve seen lately, I’d have a hard time coming up with something better.

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THE LIBRARY JOURNAL

The hundreds of creations vary from hand-painted early works to satellite images; in every case they are beautifully reproduced and accompanied by extensive details of the technical and artistic decisions involved. VERDICT: A must for cartography collections and a wonderful addition to social science and art shelves.

 

EXCERPTS

MAPPING THE HEART OF THE GRAND CANYON

Behind the Herculean effort to create a scientifically accurate cartographic masterpiece.

By Betsy Mason

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WHEN MARS HAD CANALS

For nearly a century, humans believed the Red Planet was home to intelligent beings.

By Betsy Mason

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THE TOPOGRAPHY OF DISEASE

A 19th-century doctor famously mapped cholera’s toll to try and understand its origin and spread—but that's only part of the story.

By Betsy Mason

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A PIRATE'S PILFERED ATLAS

Extremely valuable pirate booty, a stolen Spanish atlas bought the life of a 17th-century English buccaneer.

By Greg Miller

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CALIFORNIA'S LIQUID ASSETS

Tracing the water that powers the world’s sixth-largest economy.

By Greg Miller

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JERUSALEM IN THE TIME OF CHRIST

A European priest looks 1,500 years into the past and imagines the Holy City at the birth of Christianity.

By Greg Miller

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