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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.

1. Cartography. (2018)

 Best Cartography Books To ReadWinner of the 2019 International Cartographic Conference – Educational Products award A lavishly illustrated reference guide, Cartography. by Kenneth Field is an inspiring and creative companion along the nonlinear journey toward making a great map. This sage compendium for contemporary mapmakers distills the essence of cartography into useful topics, organized for convenience in finding the specific idea or method you need. Unlike books targeted to deep scholarly discourse of cartographic theory, this book provides sound, visually compelling information that translates into practical and useful tools for modern mapmaking. At…
Author(s): Kenneth Field

2. 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. The book contains 30 color palettes of 10 colors each, 50 typefaces showcased in 3 categories, and 28 map composition patterns illustrated with 36 maps by many…
Author(s): Gretchen N Peterson

3. 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. From city maps and family trees to treasure maps, palmistry charts, platformgame maps, and more, the wide range of projects collected here will satisfy first-time cartographers as well as veteran mapmakers inspired by the popular map art trend. #58,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #194 in United States…
Author(s): Helen Cann

4. 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. Set the stage for adventure by illustrating domains, castles and battle lines, mountains, forests and sea monsters! Learn to create completely unique and fully functional RPG maps time and time again on which your world can…
Author(s): Jared Blando

5. 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. In this book Edney disavows the term cartography, rejecting the notion that maps represent an undifferentiated category of objects for study. Rather than treating maps as a single, unified group, he…
Author(s): Matthew H. Edney

6. 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. Second, the book provides readers with the practical tools necessary to conduct effective crime mapping and spatial analyses of crime. This book covers the most current, state-of-the-art uses for GIS in the criminal justice system, theoretical aspects of the geography of crime and practical…
Author(s): Derek J. Paulsen, Matthew B. Robinson

7. 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. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. In a triumph of multidisciplinary…
Author(s): Steven Johnson

8. 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

9. 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. #2,171,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #282 in Children’s Atlases (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Daniel R. Block, Segal Block, Marta

10. 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. By the century’s end, however, there had been decisive shift in mapping practices, as the dominant methods of land surveying and print publication were increasingly displaced by electronic navigation systems….
Author(s): William Rankin

11. 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. In this way, Bryant lays the foundations for a new machine-oriented ontology.This theoretically omnivorous work draws on disciplines as diverse…
Author(s): Levi R. Bryant

12. 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. This volume by Katharine Harmon, author of our best-selling book You Are Here, extends that book’s celebration of mapmaking to the world of artists’ maps.It is little surprise that in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology contemporary artists are drawn to mapsto express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists…
Author(s): Katharine Harmon, Gayle Clemans

Best Cartography Books to Read

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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

Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development: Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science

Author(s): Phaedon Kyriakidis, Diofantos Hadjimitsis, Dimitrios Skarlatos, Ali Mansourian
ID: 2407650, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 15 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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