Map Books


If you’re a map fanatic like me, you’re also likely to be an avid reader. There have been hundreds of books written about maps, mapmaking and cartography.
Though I certainly can’t list them all, I have compiled this list of books that will be of interest for reference, inspiration, history or general interest.
Your local library will likely have more than a few of these available to check out. 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 Stories: The Art of Discovery, Matteoli
  6. Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations, Virga
  7. Mapping the World, Oleksy
  8. Maps in History, Oleksy
  9. Great City Maps, DK Smithsonian
  10. Small Worlds: Maps and Mapmaking, Young
  11. City Atlas, Haake
  12. Cartography, Field
  13. The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson
  14. Transit Maps of the World, Ovenden
  15. Explorer’s Sketchbook, Lewis-Jones
  16. All Over the Map, Mason + Miller
  17. Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad, Hayes
  18. Birds Eye Views, Reps
  19. How to Lie with Maps, Monmonier
  20. Prisoners of Geography, Marshall
  21. Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, Jennings
  22. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, Garfield
  23. The Map That Changed the World, Winchester
  24. Theater of the World: Maps That Made History, Berg and McCullough
  25. Battles That Changed History, DK Publishing
  26. Map Art Lab, Berry
  27. You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of Imagination, Harmon
  28. The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, Harmon
  29. From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Collection, Harzinski
  30. Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, Turchi
  31. Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities, Jacobs
  32. Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained, Brotton
  33. Make Map Art: Creatively Illustrate Your World, Swindell and Patavick
  34. The Art of Illustrated Maps: A Complete Guide to Creative Mapmaking’s History, Roman
  35. The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments, Reinhartz
  36. The Art of Cartographics, Designing the Modern Map, Goodman
  37. Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps and Renaissance Maps, Van Duzer
  38. A History of the World in 12 Maps, Brotton
  39. The Golden Age of Maritime Maps, Hofmann
  40. All About Maps, Gingko Press
  41. Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations, Le Carrer
  42. Atlas of Lost Cities, De Tocqueville
  43. Atlas of Untamed Places, Fitch
  44. Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics, Cheshire
  45. New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before, Bonnett
  46. Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary, Desimini
  47. The Art of Map Illustration: A Step-by-Step Artistic Exploration of Contemporary Cartography and Mapmaking, Hancock
  48. How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps, Cann
  49. How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step-by-Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans, Blando
  50. Cartographer’s Toolkit: Colors, Typography and Patterns, Peterson
  51. Cartography: Thematic Map Design, Dent, Torguson and Hodler
  52. Plotted: A Literary Atlas, DeGraff
  53. The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime, Harvey
  54. The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, Blanding
  55. A History of America in 100 Maps, Schulten
  56. Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library, Harper