Map Books


A sampling of some of my personal favorites.


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