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. Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands, Huw Lewis-Jones
  21. Cartography, Field
  22. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Dava Sobel
  23. The Ghost Map, Johnson
  24. Transit Maps of the World, Mark Ovenden
  25. Railway Maps of the World, Mark Ovenden
  26. Airline Maps: A Century of Art & Design, Mark Ovenden
  27. Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations and Design of the Metro, Mark Ovenden
  28. Explorer’s Sketchbook, Lewis-Jones
  29. All Over the Map, Mason + Miller
  30. Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad, Hayes
  31. Birds Eye Views, Reps
  32. Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map, Joseph Nigg
  33. How to Lie with Maps, Monmonier
  34. Prisoners of Geography, Marshall
  35. Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, Jennings
  36. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, Garfield
  37. The Map That Changed the World, Winchester
  38. Theater of the World: Maps That Made History, Berg and McCullough
  39. Battles That Changed History, DK Publishing
  40. Map Art Lab, Berry
  41. Maps Activity Book, Alexandra & Daniel Mizielinska
  42. An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist, Middleton
  43. You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of Imagination, Harmon
  44. The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, Harmon
  45. From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Collection, Harzinski
  46. Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, Turchi
  47. Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities, Frank Jacobs
  48. Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained, Brotton
  49. Make Map Art: Creatively Illustrate Your World, Swindell and Patavick
  50. The Art of Illustrated Maps: A Complete Guide to Creative Mapmaking’s History, Roman
  51. The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments, Reinhartz
  52. The Art of Cartographics, Designing the Modern Map, Goodman
  53. Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps and Renaissance Maps, Van Duzer
  54. A History of the World in 12 Maps, Brotton
  55. The Golden Age of Maritime Maps, Hofmann
  56. The Mapmaker’s Art, John Goss
  57. Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change, Mark Monmonier
  58. All About Maps, Gingko Press
  59. Atlas of Lost Cities, De Tocqueville
  60. Atlas of Untamed Places, Fitch
  61. Mapping England, Foxell
  62. The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, Lester
  63. The Mapmaker’s Wife: The True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon , Whitaker
  64. Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics, Cheshire
  65. New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before, Bonnett
  66. Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary, Desimini
  67. The Art of Map Illustration: A Step-by-Step Artistic Exploration of Contemporary Cartography and Mapmaking, Hancock
  68. How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps, Cann
  69. How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step-by-Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans, Blando
  70. Cartographer’s Toolkit: Colors, Typography and Patterns, Peterson
  71. Cartography: Thematic Map Design, Dent, Torguson and Hodler
  72. Plotted: A Literary Atlas, DeGraff
  73. The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime, Harvey
  74. The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, Blanding
  75. A History of America in 100 Maps, Schulten
  76. Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library, Harper
  77. Lost States: True Stories of States That Never Made It, Trinklein