Out this month: the English translation of Andrea Carandini’s massive two-volume, 1300-page ( Atlas of Ancient Rome Princeton University Press), which “provides a comprehensive archaeological survey of the city of Rome from prehistory to the early medieval period.” See the book’s website. [ Amazon]
Other books seeing publication this month:
by Stephen J. Hornsby ( Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps University of Chicago Press), a history of the pictorial map art form during the 20th century [ Amazon]; and by Charles W. J. Withers ( Zero Degrees: Geographies of the Prime Meridian Harvard University Press), a history of prime meridians and the standardization thereof [ Amazon].
( Mapping the Holy Land I. B. Tauris) which I originally understood to be coming out in January, is now slated for publication this week. [ Amazon]
Map Books of 2017.
We’re familiar with
caricature maps from before and during the First World War: maps that reimagine various countries as warring animals or caricatured faces. These aren’t the only examples of persuasive cartography or of pictorial maps of this or other wars, but I imagine they’ll be front and centre at a new exhibition at The Map House, an antiquarian map seller in London. opened last week and runs until 18 November. War Map: Pictorial Conflict Maps, 1900-1950 A companion book of the same name is apparently available as of next week. [ ] Geographical
The Osher Map Library’s exhibition,
(which The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps I told you about last April), wraps up next month. Dug of the Map of the Week blog visited it last week; here’s their writeup.
is an exhibition of nine of Art Meet Maps: The World of MacDonald Gill MacDonald Gill’s pictorial maps at the Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The exhibition also includes pictorial map art by Dolodes d’Ambly, Lucien Boucher, Jo Mora and Ruth Taylor White. Admission is free, but the museum is only open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as the first and third Saturdays of each month. It runs until 20 May 2017. Coverage from the . [ La Jolla Light WMS]
MacDonald Gill’s Wonderground Map.
Charles Vernon Farrow, A Map of the Wondrous Isle of Manhattan, 1926. Pictorial map, 94 cm × 57 cm, David Rumsey Map Collection.
at Gothamist looks , a A Map of the Wondrous Isle of Manhattan pictorial map from 1926 created by Charles Vernon Farrow. [ NYPL]
Mosaic map murals graced the Times Square Information Center when it opened in 1957. Now the building is a police substation, and there are hopes and expectations that
an upcoming renovation of the substation will preserve the murals. [ NYPL]
The Capital of a New Trade Empire, 1929. Sheet map, 33×30 cm. Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine.
The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps is an exhibition running until 3 September 2016 at the University of Southern Maine’s Osher Map Library. (If you can’t go there physically, there’s plenty online at the link, too.) “Curated by Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby, co-editor of the Historical Atlas of Maine [ previously] and author of a forthcoming book on American pictorial maps, this exhibit looks at the golden age of pictorial or illustrated maps from the 1920s to the 1960s. Reflecting the exuberance of American popular culture and the creativity of commercial art, the maps are stimulating to the imagination and dazzling to the eye.” [ WMS]
by John Roman ( The Art of Illustrated Maps previously).