Hello and welcome to another Captivating Cover post! If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know what this meme is about. But if not, click HERE to read all about it!
This week’s Captivating Cover is…
On the Map by Simon Garfield and Dava Sobel!
Not only is the cover of this novel breathtaking, but the concept of it is also very distinctive. I love the the contrast between the tones of colors and also the font used.
If you love maps and if you are interested in a peculiar read, I would recommend reading MORE…
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of the Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map.
Simon Garfield’s Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps.
Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping—not language—is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history—and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human.
Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing “pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield’s signature narrative flair. Map-obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.
Now this may be just me, but this novel sounds interesting. I’ve never really read anything like this novel, so I can see myself picking this one up one day. If you have read this novel, let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear other opinions regarding On the Map.
Until next time…