Table of Contents
   For the Love of Maps: Forewordp. 11
   Introduction: The Map That Wrote Itselfp. 15
   What Great Minds Knewp. 21
      How the ancient Greeks-Eratosthenes and Ptolemy-first worked out the size and shape of the world and our place upon it.
   The Men Who Sold the Worldp. 42
      The day Britain's greatest cartographic treasure-the medieval Mappa Mundi-went to the auction houses to fix a leaky roof.
      It's 1250, Do You Know Where You Are?p. 58
   The World Takes Shapep. 63
      The world centers on Jerusalem-and the Poles appear.
      Here Be Dragonsp. 72
   Venice, China and a Trip to the Moonp. 75
      How the Italians became the world's greatest mapmakers, and then the Germans, and then the Dutch. And how a Venetian friar discovered the secrets of the East and ended up on the moon.
   The Mystery of Vinlandp. 87
      Did Norse sailors really reach and map America before Columbus?
      Or is the world's most curious map fakery's finest hour?
   Welcome to Amerigop. 103
      In which Ptolemy reappears in Europe and America gets named after the wrong man.
      California as an Islandp. 121
   What's the Good of Mercator?p. 125
      How the world looked in 1569-and today, even if the UN still favors the Postel Azimuthal Equidistant.
      Keeping It Quiet: Drake's Silver Voyagep. 135
   The World in a Bookp. 140
      In which the Atlas becomes a craze in seventeenth-century Holland, is adopted by The Times, and then turns to agitprop.
      Lions, Eagles and Gerrymandersp. 160
   Mapping a Cittee (without forder troble)p. 167
      London gets the map bug, too, pioneers street mapping, and John Ogilby charts the course of every major road in Britannia.
   Six Increasingly Coordinated Tales of the Ordnance Surveyp. 181
      Britain, spurred by Jacobite revolt, makes the Ordnance Survey, extending to India. But what is the symbol for a picnic site?
      A Nineteenth-Century Murder Mapp. 200
   The Legendary Mountains of Kongp. 204
      How an impassable mountain range spread and spread, until a French army officer found it wasn't there.
      The Low-down Lying Case of Benjamin Morrellp. 220
   The Opening of America and the Gridding of Manhattanp. 223
      How Lewis and Clark filled out the American canvas, and how New York plotted its future.
   Cholera and the Map that Stopped Itp. 235
      How mapping played its part in identifying the cause of the disease.
      Across Australia with Burke and Willsp. 246
   "X" Marks the Spot: Treasure Islandp. 252
      Treasure maps in literature and life.
      J.M. Barrie Fails to Fold a Pocket Mapp. 267
   The Worst Journey in the World to the Last Place to Be Mappedp. 269
      How explorers found the South Pole without a map, and named the region after their families, friends and enemies.
      Charles Booth Thinks You're Viciousp. 288
   Maps in All Our Hands: A Brief History of the Guidebookp. 293
      The majestic foldout engravings of Murray and Baedeker give way to another cartographic dark age.
      The Biggest Map of All: Beck's London Tubep. 307
   Casablanca, Harry Potter and Where Jennifer Aniston Livesp. 313
      In which the Muppets perfect travel by map and we stalk the stars.
      A Hare-raising Masqueradep. 324
   How to Make a Very Big Globep. 327
      From scratch ... when you used to run a bowling alley.
      Churchill's Map Roomp. 347
   The Biggest Map Dealer, the Biggest Map Thiefp. 352
      How tempting are maps-and just what kind of dealers and thieves do they attract?
      Women Can't Read Maps. Oh, Really?p. 366
   Driving into Lakes: How GPS Put the World in a Boxp. 372
      How we learned to watch the dullest in-flight movie ever-and, with GPS, the Dutch once again took over the world's mapping.
      The Canals of Marsp. 385
   Pass Go and Proceed Directly to Skyrimp. 394
      Maps as games, from jigsaw puzzles to Risk, and why computer games may be the future of cartography.
   Mapping the Brainp. 410
      What taxi drivers have to offer the world of the neuroscientist.
   Epilogue: The Instant, Always-On, Me-Mapping of Everywherep. 424
   How the Internet changed everything.
   Acknowledgmentsp. 444
   Bibliographyp. 446
   Picture Creditsp. 449
   Indexp. 450