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