The sixth volume in NACIS (North American Cartographic Information Society)’s invitational collections of atlases of real and imagined places. From the quirky to the straightforward, from hand drawn to AI-generated images, these maps are various, beautiful, and new in every edition, beautifully produced and the atlas itself — mirabile dictu!–is reasonably priced. The maps are produced in full with insets showing off the details, and include commentary by the individual cartographers. I especially love the table of contents, which is a full page of insets from each map with its page number in the book, thirty-two maps in all.
Volume Six includes a smell map of a hospital (ew), a trail map of a canoe trip with a wrong turn in southeastern Ontario, another one of the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango (Watch Out for Cows), a fabulous panorama of the Alps, a painfully relevant map built from Le Monde‘s database that uses what is essentially a seismometer as a key to chart the shock waves of recent Russian history, an Art Nouveau map of fantasy world Arlys (an inspiration for any epic fantasy writer), and several Covid-inspired, very imaginative maps of the neighborhoods that became our individual worlds during the pandemic. If you like maps, these are for you.
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