Map Book = Hooray!

Hello loyal fans. I got the best gift ever on Saturday! It is a giant book full of all sorts of cool old maps from the Age of Discovery. There are few things better than getting a surprise gift for no good reason from a person you care about. I now proudly display the book on top of my coffee table. That is right, ON TOP. I kind of wanted to place it on the lower shelf to keep it safe, but it was too freaking cool to leave down there out of view.

The book itself is amazing! It traces the spread of explorers out of Western Europe from the 1300s through the 1800s. Text accompanies each map to provide some historical context. I sat down this evening and read through the first 30 pages or so and found it absolutely fascinating. It is interesting to see how the European depictions of “undiscovered land” change over time; the stuff, so to speak, that is placed in that “undiscovered land” is great. Strange animals, sea monsters, even God! These are maps from when map-making was an art…the glory days of cartography! Now, a map is a computer drawn image with no heart, no feeling, no emotion…all are the same.

Quote of the Day:

“The great thing about a map: it gets you in and out of places in a lot of different ways.” – Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver

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