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Islamic Maps

By Yossef Rapoport

2019 | Bodleian Library, distributed by University of Chicago Press
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Spanning the Islamic world, from ninth-century Baghdad to nineteenth-century Iran, this book tells the story of Islamic cartography and the key Muslim map-makers who shaped the art over the centuries. Muslim geographers like al-Khwarazmi and al-Idrisi developed distinctive styles, often based on geometrical patterns and calligraphy, and their maps covered all the known world, from the sources of the Nile to the European lands of the north and the Wall of Gog and Magog in the east. These map-makers combined novel cartographical techniques with art, science, and geographical knowledge to produce maps that could be both aesthetically stunning and mathematically sophisticated. Islamic Maps examines Islamic visual interpretations of the world in their historical context through the map-makers themselves. What was the purpose of their maps, what choices did they make, and what arguments about the world were they trying to convey? Lavishly illustrated with stunning manuscripts, beautiful instruments, and Qibla charts, this book shows how maps constructed by Muslim map-makers capture the many dimensions of Islamic civilization across the centuries.

Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe

By Steven Seegel

2019 | University of Chicago Press
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Maps are often deeply emotional tales: of political projects gone wrong, budding relationships that failed, and countries that vanished. In Map Men, Steven Seegel takes us through some of these historical dramas with a detailed look at the maps that made and unmade the world of East Central Europe through a long continuum of world war and revolution. As a collective biography of five prominent geographers between 1870 and 1950—Albrecht Penck, Eugeniusz Romer, Stepan Rudnyts’kyi, Isaiah Bowman, and Count Pál Teleki—Map Men reexamines the deep emotions, textures of friendship, and multigenerational sagas behind these influential maps.

The Selden Map of China: A New Understanding of the Ming Dynasty

By Hongping Annie Nie

2019 | Bodleian Library, distributed by University of Chicago Press
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Exploring the commercial aims of the Ming Dynasty, the port city of Quanzhou and its connections with the voyages of the early traveler Zheng He, this book describes the historical background of the era in which the map was used. It also includes an analysis of the skills and techniques involved in Chinese map-making and the significance of the compass bearings, scale, and ratios found on the map, all of which combine to represent a breakthrough in cartographic techniques. The enthralling story revealed by this extraordinary artifact sheds light on the long history of China’s relationship with the sea and with the wider world.

Fifty Maps and the Stories They Tell

By Jerry Brotton and Nick Millea

2019 | Bodleian Library, distributed by University of Chicago Press
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The Bodleian Library’s map collection is a treasure trove of cartographic delights spanning more than a thousand years. This book features highlights from the collection together with rare artifacts and some stunning examples from twenty-first-century map-makers. Lavishly illustrated throughout, the book showcases a rich array: from military maps, digital cartograms, decorative portolan charts, and maps of heaven and hell; to a Siberian sealskin map and a twelfth-century Arabic map of the Mediterranean; to J. R. R. Tolkien’s cosmology of Middle-earth, C. S. Lewis’s map of Narnia, and a tapestry map by contemporary artist Grayson Perry. Each map is accompanied by a narrative revealing the story behind its creation and the significance of its design. The chronological arrangement highlights how the science and practice of cartography has changed over time and how this evolution reflects political and social transformations from century to century.

Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age

By Martin O'Malley

2019 | Esri Press
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Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age is about a more effective way to lead that is emerging, enabled by the Information Age. It provides real solutions to real problems using GIS technology and helps develop a management strategy using data that will profoundly change an organization.

Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition

Edited by Julian Rothenstein

2019 | Redstone Press
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This new book, from Redstone Press in London, takes a synoptic look at the whole of Du Bois' "American Negro Exhibit" at the Paris Exposition of 1900. It presents every information visualization graphic and every contextual-izing photo from the display, and is supported by essays and quotations that provide a diachronic look at the exhibit's impact and meaning both in 1900 Paris and the USA of today. Although we all have recently read with interest, in CP 93, Brandyn Friedly's review of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America, from Princeton Architectural Press—which dealt exclusively with the data visualizations—this new book potentially provides a significantly different look at, and treatment of, the same basic material.

A Critical Companion to English Mappae Mundi of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

Edited by Dan Terkla and Nick Millea

2019 | Boydell Press 
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This volume provides a comprehensive Companion to the seven most significant English mappae mundi. It begins with a survey of the maps' materials, types, shapes, sources, contents, conventions, idiosyncrasies, commissioners and users, moving on to locate the maps' creation and use in the realms of medieval rhetoric, Victorine memory theory and clerical pedagogy. A chapter is then devoted to each individual map.

Mapping the Great Game: Explorers, Spies and Maps in 19th-century Asia

By Riaz Dean

2019 | Casemate 
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The fascinating story of the pioneers who explored vast regions of Central Asia, India and Tibet to create maps, and spy out the country for military and geographical reasons.