The Island of Lost Maps

I just finished reading The Island of Lost Maps, by Miles Harvey. It is ostensibly about Gilbert Bland, the con man who stole maps out of centuries-old books stored in libraries around the country.

But it’s really just a great read — about the history of maps, the author’s own obsession with maps, the influence of maps on modern history, and the conservation challenges facing contemporary libraries. It may not sound compelling, but I found it to be a thoroughly engaging read.

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