You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination (Imagined Maps Around the World, Collection of Artists Maps)

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2004 - Design - 191 pages
Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver's Island to Gilligan's Island. There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artists' maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators' willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.
You Are Here is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps. These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog's perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution. With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.
 

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This book looks at mapmaking "beyond the boundaries of geography or convention," that is to say, as a way of conceptualizing real or imagined places or even abstract concepts. It includes over 100 ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
27
Section 2
28
Section 3
59
Section 4
61
Section 5
80
Section 6
88
Section 7
96
Section 8
98
Section 10
114
Section 11
119
Section 12
122
Section 13
136
Section 14
142
Section 15
143
Section 16
156
Copyright

Section 9
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Page 3 - He had bought a large map representing the sea, Without the least vestige of land: And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be A map they could all understand. 'What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators, Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?

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Katharine Harmon is a principal at Tributary Books in Seattle, Washington.

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