Map Books

A sampling from one of my (many) bookshelves!


If you’re a map fanatic like me, you’re likely to be an avid reader as well. Every map tells a story, and certainly there are countless stories maps are waiting to tell!
There certainly are no shortage of books about maps, mapmaking and cartography. Though I certainly can’t list them all, I have been maintaining a catalog of titles
(in no particular order) that may be of interest for reference, inspiration, history or instruction. Click on a title to view its cover art. I hope you’ll find it useful!
Your local library should have more than a few of these available to check out. If not, browse your local bookseller or online. Enjoy!

  1. The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps, Brooke-Hitching
  2. The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands, Lewis-Jones
  3. The Map Book, Barber
  4. Maps That Changed the World, Clark
  5. Map: Exploring the World, Phaidon Publishing
  6. Map Stories: The Art of Discovery, Matteoli
  7. Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations, Virga
  8. Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations, Olivier Le Carrer
  9. Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps, Stephen J. Hornsby
  10. Drawing the Line: How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Important Border in America, Edwin Danson
  11. The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime, Harvey
  12. Mapping the World, Oleksy
  13. Maps in History, Oleksy
  14. The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway and the Quest to Link the Americas, Eric Rutkow
  15. Atlas of Untamed Places, Chris Fitch
  16. Mapping Shakespeare: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Worlds Through Maps, Black
  17. Great City Maps, DK Smithsonian
  18. Small Worlds: Maps and Mapmaking, Young
  19. City Atlas, Haake
  20. Cartography, Field
  21. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Dava Sobel
  22. The Ghost Map, Johnson
  23. Transit Maps of the World, Ovenden
  24. Explorer’s Sketchbook, Lewis-Jones
  25. All Over the Map, Mason + Miller
  26. Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad, Hayes
  27. Birds Eye Views, Reps
  28. Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map, Joseph Nigg
  29. How to Lie with Maps, Monmonier
  30. Prisoners of Geography, Marshall
  31. Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, Jennings
  32. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, Garfield
  33. The Map That Changed the World, Winchester
  34. Theater of the World: Maps That Made History, Berg and McCullough
  35. Battles That Changed History, DK Publishing
  36. Map Art Lab, Berry
  37. Maps Activity Book, Alexandra & Daniel Mizielinska
  38. An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist, Middleton
  39. You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of Imagination, Harmon
  40. The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, Harmon
  41. From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Collection, Harzinski
  42. Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, Turchi
  43. Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities, Frank Jacobs
  44. Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained, Brotton
  45. Make Map Art: Creatively Illustrate Your World, Swindell and Patavick
  46. The Art of Illustrated Maps: A Complete Guide to Creative Mapmaking’s History, Roman
  47. The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments, Reinhartz
  48. The Art of Cartographics, Designing the Modern Map, Goodman
  49. Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps and Renaissance Maps, Van Duzer
  50. A History of the World in 12 Maps, Brotton
  51. The Golden Age of Maritime Maps, Hofmann
  52. The Mapmaker’s Art, John Goss
  53. Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change, Mark Monmonier
  54. All About Maps, Gingko Press
  55. Atlas of Lost Cities, De Tocqueville
  56. Atlas of Untamed Places, Fitch
  57. Mapping England, Foxell
  58. The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, Lester
  59. The Mapmaker’s Wife: The True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon , Whitaker
  60. Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics, Cheshire
  61. New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before, Bonnett
  62. Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary, Desimini
  63. The Art of Map Illustration: A Step-by-Step Artistic Exploration of Contemporary Cartography and Mapmaking, Hancock
  64. How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps, Cann
  65. How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step-by-Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans, Blando
  66. Cartographer’s Toolkit: Colors, Typography and Patterns, Peterson
  67. Cartography: Thematic Map Design, Dent, Torguson and Hodler
  68. Plotted: A Literary Atlas, DeGraff
  69. The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime, Harvey
  70. The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, Blanding
  71. A History of America in 100 Maps, Schulten
  72. Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library, Harper
  73. Lost States: True Stories of States That Never Made It, Trinklein