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The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps

The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps

By Edward Brooke-Hitching


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Nine-foot giants were once thought to stalk the Patagonian landscape.
The Island of California was known to drift off the coast of North America.
The Mountains of Kong were believed to stretch across the continent of Africa.

The Phantom Atlas is a guide to the world not as it is, but as it was imagined to be. It’s a world of ghost islands, imagined mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases even up to the present day through mistakes, misunderstanding, fantasies, and outright lies. This richly illustrated book collects and explores the colorful real histories behind a striking range of antique maps that are all in some ways a little too good to be true. Author Edward Brooke-Hitching investigates the places where exploration and mythology meet, using gorgeous atlas images as springboards for tales of deranged buccaneers, seafaring monks, heroes, swindlers, and other amazing stories behind cartography’s greatest phantoms.

More Details

Size: 7 ½ x 9 ¾ in;
Pages: 256 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: April 2018
ISBN: 9781452168401
Edward Brooke-Hitching is the author of The Phantom Atlas (2016 in UK edition), and Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports (2015), and an award-winning documentary director. The son of an antiquarian book dealer, he graduated from the University of Exeter with a distinction in filmmaking before entering independent documentary production. He lives in London.