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