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