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300 Maps of Everything You Can Think Of

Three hundred maps are presented in the new book Map: Exploring the World (Phaidon, $60), and nearly all qualify as works of art. But look closer and you’ll see even more. Spanning thousands of years and selected by a team of curators and collectors, these maps serve as both historical records and cultural snapshots, communicating complex ideas about geography, politics, science, and more in a single image—be it an eighth-century chart of the stars or a 1930s guide to the stars’ Hollywood homes.

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