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The phantom atlas the greatest myths, lies and blunders on maps (edição: 2016)

de Edward Brooke-Hitching

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"[This book] is a guide to the world not as it is, but as it was imagined to be. It's a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases through mistakes, misunderstanding, fantasies, and outright lies. This ... book collects and explores the colorful histories behind a striking range of real antique maps that are all in some way a little too good to be true"--Amazon.com.… (mais)
Membro:IntrovertedFaerie13
Título:The phantom atlas the greatest myths, lies and blunders on maps
Autores:Edward Brooke-Hitching
Informação:London New York Simon & Schuster [2016]
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The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps de Edward Brooke-Hitching

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Everybody who isn't me knows an atlas is a reference, not something to be read cover-to-cover. Me? I had to read it cover to cover, which made this gorgeous, well-written, informative book feel more like a chore than it should have.

This is an atlas of all the places on the maps throughout history that never existed. Atlantis will be the first example that comes to many minds, but there are so many more. You wouldn't think maps would be enduring evidence of the human ability to spin a yarn but our ability to make stuff up is timeless.

Each entry gets at least a spread and the old maps included (in color where applicable) are gorgeous; almost worth the price of the book on their own.

If you love maps, or geography, this book is beautiful and worth a look; even though I'm glad to finally finish it, it's something I'll treasure and look at again and again. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 26, 2022 |
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Review of: The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps,
by Edward Brooke-Hitching
by Stan Prager (3-31-19)

A small island called “Bermeja” in the Gulf of Mexico that was first charted in 1539 was—after an extensive search of the coordinates—found to be a “phantom” that never actually existed in that latitude, or anywhere else for that matter. It turns out that this kind of thing is not unusual, that countless phantom islands, some the stuff of great legend, appeared on countless charts dating back well beyond the so-called “Age of Discovery” to the very earliest maps of antiquity. What is unusual about Bermeja is that its nonexistence was only determined in 2009, after showing up on maps for almost five hundred years!
The reader first encounters Bermejo in the “Introduction” to The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps, by Edward Brooke-Hitching, a delightful, beautifully illustrated volume that is marked by both the eclectic and the eccentric. But the island that never was also later gets its due in its own chapter, along with a wonderful, detailed map of its alleged location. This is just one of nearly sixty such chapters that explores the mythical and the fantastical, ranging from the famous and near-famous—such as the Lost Continent of Atlantis and the Kingdom of Prester John—to the utterly obscure, like Bermeja, and the near-obscure, like the island of Wak-Wak. While the latter, also known as Waq-Waq in some accounts, apparently existed only in the imagination of the author of one of the tales in One Thousand and One Nights, it nevertheless made it into the charts courtesy of Muhammad al-Idrisi, a respected twelfth-century Arab cartographer.
But The Phantom Atlas is not just all about islands. There are mythical lands, like El Dorado and the Lost City of the Kalahari; cartographic blunders, such as mapping California and Korea as islands; even persistent wrong-headed notions like the Flat Earth. There is also a highly entertaining chapter devoted to the outlandish beings that populate the 1493 “Nuremberg Chronicle Map,” featuring such wild and weird creatures as the “six-handed man,” hairy women known as “Gorgades,” the four-eyed Ethiopian “Nistyi,” and the dog-headed “Cynocephali.” That at least some audiences once entertained the notion that such inhabitants thrived in various corners of the globe is a reminder that the exotic characters invented by Jonathan Swift for Gulliver's Travels were not so outrageous after all.
One of the longer and most fascinating chapters, entitled “Earthly Paradise,” relates the many attempts to fix the Biblical Garden of Eden to a physical, mapped location. The author places that into the context of a wider concept that extends far beyond the People of the Book to a universal longing that he suggests is neatly conjured up with the Welsh word “Hiraeth,” which he loosely defines as “an overwhelming feeling of grief and longing for one’s people and land of the past, a kind of amplified spiritual homesickness for a place one has never been to.” [p92] It is charming prose like that which marks Brooke-Hitching as a talented writer and distinguishes this volume from so many other atlases that are often simply a collection of maps mated with text to serve as a kind of obligatory device to fill out the pages. In happy contrast, there are enchanting stories attached to these maps, and the author is a master raconteur. But the maps and other illustrations, nearly all in full color, clearly steal the show in The Phantom Atlas.
Because I obtained this book as part of an Early Reviewers program, I felt an obligation to read it cover-to-cover, but that is hardly necessary. A better strategy is to simply pick up the book and let it open to any page at random, then feast your eyes on the maps and pause to read the narrative—if you can take your eyes off the maps! From al-Idrisi ‘s 1154 map of Wak-Wak, to Ortelius’s 1598 map of the Tartar Kingdom, to a 1939 map of Antarctica featuring Morrell’s Island—which of course does not really exist—you are guaranteed to never grow bored with the visual content or the chronicles.
There are, it should be noted, a couple of drawbacks in arrangement and design, but these are to be laid at the feet of the publisher, not the author. First of all, the book is organized alphabetically—from the Strait of Anian to the Phantom Lands of the Zeno—rather than grouped thematically, which would have no doubt made for a more sensible editorial alternative. Most critically, while the volume is somewhat oversize, the pages are hardly large enough to do the maps full justice, even with the best reading glasses. Perhaps the cost was prohibitive but given the quality of the art this well-deserves treatment in a much grander coffee table size edition. Still, despite these quibbles, fans of both cartography and the mysteries of history will find themselves drawn to this fine book.

Review of: The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps, by Edward Brooke-Hitching https://regarp.com/2019/03/31/review-of-the-phantom-atlas-the-greatest-myths-lie...

MAP CREDIT: Tanner, Henry S. - A Map of the United States of Mexico, 1846, public domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermeja#/media/File:Bermeja.jpg

ILLUSTRATION CREDIT: A cynocephalus. From the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), - Nuremberg Chronical (Schedel'sche Weltchronik), page XIIr, public domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynocephaly#/media/File:Schedel%27sche_Weltchronik... ( )
1 vote Garp83 | Mar 31, 2019 |
This is an alphabetically ordered list of phantom islands and other errors that have been presented as real on maps. They range from the well-known, such as St. Brendan's Island, to the decidedly obscure, such as the fictitious Mountains of Kong that graced 19th century maps of West Africa and which I hadn't heard of before.

In some ways, this is the book I'd have wished that The Un-Discovered Islands - which I read and reviewed last autumn - were. In particular, this one includes colour reproductions of relevant maps, with helpful insets enlarging the particular islands or other features under discussion. On the other hands, the book gives a somewhat rushed impression: one paragraph is missing its concluding line(s), apparently lost under an illustration, I noted enough errors to be a bit wary about what Brooke-Hitching says about what I don't know, and the text is too often vague or ambiguous. Once or twice image captions refer to things never explained in the main text, and in one amusing instance he makes it sound as if Timbuktu were another myth, lie, or blunder.

Still, for all that better editing and fact-checking could have been wished for, the book is beautiful and interesting; I do not regret buying it.
2 vote AndreasJ | Aug 11, 2018 |
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This book is amazing! Edward Brooke-Hitching has written an atlas of cartography’s mistakes, but you don’t need to have any background knowledge of history or map-making in order to appreciate this wonderful collection. The author does a fantastic job of explaining these histories to a lay audience, and he is very succinct, devoting only a few pages to each blunder. The stories are interesting, covering a broad range of topics: islands that probably existed once but have been swallowed by the ocean, mountains that never were, rival explorers whose “discoveries” outdid each other, races of giants, mythical sea creatures, lost continents, and so much more. I like the author’s tone very much; he does a good job of presenting the facts objectively, but the style is still very readable and, at times, funny. I also like that the content is laid out alphabetically, rather than by type of mistake; this keeps the content varied. The images are beautiful, with clear reproductions of very old maps. All in all, thoroughly enjoyable! ( )
  MuuMuuMousie | Jun 27, 2018 |
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A wonderful full color book for all those who love maps, and who love their insight into the history of the period they were created in. Map-heads will love this as a gift. My husband has been known to zone out in front of a map for hours at a time. He loves this book as it is great read. ( )
  Autolykos | Jun 16, 2018 |
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