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The phantom atlas : the greatest myths, lies and blunders on maps / Edward Brooke-Hitching.

Brooke-Hitching, Edward [Browse]
  • London : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
  • ©2016
256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Summary note:
The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms, non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography - were all at various times presented as facts on maps and atlases. This book is a collection of striking antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it. Exploration, map-making and mythology are all brought together to create a colourful tapestry of monsters, heroes and volcanoes; swindlers, mirages and murderers. Sometimes the stories are almost impossible to believe, and remarkably, some of the errors were still on display in maps published in the 21st century. Throughout much of the 19th century more than 40 different mapmakers included the Mountains of Kong, a huge range of peaks stretching across the entire continent of Africa, in their maps - but it was only in 1889 when Louis Gustave Binger revealed the whole thing to be a fake. For centuries, explorers who headed to Patagonia returned with tales of the giants they had met who lived there, some nine feet tall.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-247) and index.
Introduction -- Strait of Anian -- Antillia -- Atlantis -- Aurora Islands -- Australia's inland sea -- Bermeja -- Bradley Land -- Buss Island -- City of the Caesars -- Sea monsters of the Carta Marina -- Island of California -- Cassiterides -- Crocker Land -- Croker's Mountains -- Davis Land -- Isle of Demons -- Dougherty Island -- Earthly paradise -- El Dorado -- Flat earth -- Fonseca -- Formosa (of George Psalmanazar) -- Fusang -- Gamaland and Compagnies Land -- Great Ireland -- Great river of the west -- Groclant -- Hy Brasil -- Java La Grande -- Juan de Lisboa -- Lost city of the Kalahari -- Mountains of Kong -- Korea as an island -- Lost continents of Lemuria and Mu -- Maria Theresa Reef -- Mayda -- Mountains of the moon -- Lands of Benjamin Morrell -- Norumbega -- Creatures of the Nuremberg Chronicle Map -- Patagonian giants -- Pepys Island -- Territory of Poyais -- Kingdom of Prester John -- Rhipaean Mountains -- Rupes Nigra -- St. Brendan's Island -- Sandy Island, New Caledonia -- Sannikov Land -- Satanazes -- Saxenburgh Island -- Sea of the West -- Taprobana -- Terra Australis -- Thule -- Sunken city of Vineta -- Wak-Wak -- Phantom lands of the Zeno Map.
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  • 1471159450 hardback
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