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A History of the World in Twelve Maps
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Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London, and a leading expert in the history of maps and Renaissance cartography. His most recent book, The Sale of the Late King's Goods: Charles I and his Art Collection (2006), was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize as well as the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize. In 2010, he was the presenter of the BBC4 series 'Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession'.

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[A] fascinating and panoramic new history of the cartographer's art... Brotton's idea of tracing within maps the patterns of human thought is a wonderful one -- Tom Holland * Guardian *
As this mesmerising and beautifully illustrated book demonstrates, maps have, since ancient times, carried vast symbolic weight ... rich and endlessly absorbing history -- Sinclair McKay * Daily Telegraph *
An elegant, powerfully argued variation on the theme of knowledge as power and ignorance as powerlessness -- David Horspool * Guardian *
Rich and adventurous -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
An achievement of evocation....a fascinating and thought-provoking book -- Anthony Sattin * Literary Review *
Brotton is acutely sensitive to the social, political and religious contexts which unravel why maps were made, for whom and with what axes to grind -- Robert Mayhew * History Today *
A highly rewarding study -- Simon Garfield * Mail on Sunday *
Engrossing reading -- Carl Wilkinson * Financial Times *
The intellectual background to these images is conveyed with beguiling erudition ... There is nothing more subversive than a map -- Andrew Linklater * Spectator *
It is a wonderful history, which will delight anyone with an interest in history and geography -- David Wooton * TLS *

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