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Best Cartography Books To Read

Looking for the best Cartography books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

Cartographer’s Toolkit: Colors, Typography, Patterns (2012)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadCartographer’s Toolkit is like a big cheat-sheet for cartography. Its three chapters: Colors, Typography, and Composition Patterns build from individual map components to cohesive cartographic constructions. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction explaining relevant theory, key definitions, and usage suggestions. The pages that follow each introduction provide an abundance of visual demonstrations that are the basis for the tools in the toolkit.
Author(s): Gretchen N Peterson

How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps: A Creative Guide with Tips, Tricks, and Projects (2018)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadWith wonderful examples and easy-to-follow instructions, this beautifully illustrated how-to book makes it simple and fun to create one-of-a-kind hand-drawn maps. Helpful templates, grids, and guidelines complement a detailed breakdown of essential cartographic elements and profiles of talented international map artists.
Author(s): Helen Cann

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans (2015)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadThe power of creation is at your fingertips!Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps.
Author(s): Jared Blando

Cartography: The Ideal and Its History (2019)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadOver the past four decades, the volumes published in the landmark History of Cartography series have both chronicled and encouraged scholarship about maps and mapping practices across time and space. As the current director of the project that has produced these volumes, Matthew H. Edney has a unique vantage point for understanding what “cartography” has come to mean and include.
Author(s): Matthew H. Edney

Crime Mapping and Spatial Aspects of Crime (2nd Edition) (2008)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadSpatial Aspects of Crime: Theory and Practice is the first book specifically designed to teach the theoretical and practical aspects of mapping for criminal justice purposes. First, the book provides a solid understanding of the theoretical and empirical realities of the spatial aspects of crime.
Author(s): Derek J. Paulsen, Matthew B. Robinson

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (2007)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadA National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure.
Author(s): Steven Johnson

Cartography: An Introduction (2017)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadSecond expanded edition of the BCS’s popular introduction to Cartography. This is aimed at anyone either interested in maps or who creates maps at various levels of competency. It gives guidance, knowledge and principles of Cartography. An indispensable tool for improving your mapmaking ability and knowledge. #1,325,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2369 in Earth Sciences (Books) #2984 in Geography (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Author(s): Giles Darkes

Mapping Your Community (First Guides to Maps) (2008)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadWhy do we use maps? How can you map your classroom? What does a map of your state look like? Read this title learn how communities can be mapped. Different uses for maps are explained, and readers can learn how maps of their school, neighborhood, city and state might look. Map-making activities teach readers to map their street and classroom.
Author(s): Daniel R. Block, Segal Block, Marta

After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century (2018)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadFor most of the twentieth century, maps were indispensable. They were how governments understood, managed, and defended their territory, and during the two world wars they were produced by the hundreds of millions. Cartographers and journalists predicted the dawning of a “map-minded age,” where increasingly state-of-the-art maps would become everyday tools.
Author(s): William Rankin

Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media (Speculative Realism EUP) (2014)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadOnto-Cartography gives an unapologetic defense of naturalism and materialism, transforming these familiar positions and showing how culture itself is formed by nature. Bryant endorses a pan-ecological theory of being, arguing that societies are ecosystems that can only be understood by considering nonhuman material agencies such as rivers and mountain ranges alongside signifying agencies such as discourses, narratives, and ideologies.
Author(s): Levi R. Bryant

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography (2010)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadAs seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media outlets, The Map as Art is available now in a paperback edition.
Author(s): Katharine Harmon, Gayle Clemans

Best Cartography Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some cartography books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Hernando Colon's New World of Books: Toward a Cartography of Knowledge

Author(s): Jose Maria Perez Fernandez, Edward Wilson-Lee
ID: 2853735, Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 11 Mb, Format: epub

How to make maps : an introduction to theory and practice of cartography

Author(s): Peter Anthamatten
ID: 2862862, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 57 Mb, Format: pdf

Immersive Cartography and Post-Qualitative Inquiry: A Speculative Adventure in Research-Creation

Author(s): David Rousell
ID: 2993150, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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