A Book Roundup

Much book-related news has been accumulating over here; past time I shared it.

Surveying, Mapping and GIS reviews Dava Sobel’s Longitude, a book about John Harrison, who discovered how to determine longitude. I think I need to read this book.

Google Sightseeing’s book Off the Map is reviewed by the New York Post. Via Google Earth Blog and Ogle Earth. (See previous entry.)

On Maps-L, news of a Taschen edition of Andreas Cellarius’s 1660 work, The Finest Atlas of the Heavens, replete with a new scholarly introduction.

The Historical Atlas of Oklahoma (see previous entry) is reviewed by the Muskogee Phoenix.

The Perfect Fake by Barbara Parker is a thriller whose plot apparently turns on the copy — or forgery — of a Renaissance-era map; the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel’s Oline Cogdill has a review.

The second edition Joseph Schwartzberg’s Historical Atlas of South Asia was published in 1992 and is now out of print; it lives on, however, in a digital version hosted by the University of Chicago’s Digital Library of South Asia. Via MapHist.

And finally (for now), also on Maps-L, a brief announcement of a collection of 72 maps of San Francisco spanning four centuries: San Francisco in Maps and Views by Sally Woodbridge, with an introduction by that David Rumsey chap.