ATG Quirkies: How to Get Lost in Literary Maps

by | Oct 31, 2018 | 0 comments

Wizards, Moomins and pirates: the magic and mystery of literary maps  is a recent post in The Guardian in which writers Robert Macfarlane, Frances Hardinge, and Harry Potter cartographer, Miraphora Mina unfold their favourite maps

They also tell the stories behind their choices while making it clear how invaluable these maps were in helping bring their favorite books to life. As Robert Macfarlane notes “before it was a field science, cartography was … an art. It was an art that mingled knowledge and supposition, that told stories about places, and in which astonishment, love, memory and fear were part of its projections…”

(The above images is Peaks and pirates … A detail from a version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s map by Monro Orr in 1934. Photograph: 14597/The British Library Board.)

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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