'The Phantom Atlas' by Edward Brooke-Hitching, out now from Simon & Schuster UK,  chronicles centuries of fictional locations that were included on maps of the world. "What makes Brooke-Hitching’s book more than just a collection of oddities is the emphasis on why these errors happen, and how relying on religion at the exclusion of science, or valuing outsider reports ahead of indigenous knowledge, detrimentally impacted centuries of exploring." Here's Sebastian Münster’s “Tabula novarum insularum, quas Diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas uocant” (1554), the first printed map of the American continent, showing North America bent over to accommodate Verrazano’s description (image courtesy Simon & Schuster UK)
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  • hyperallergic'The Phantom Atlas' by Edward Brooke-Hitching, out now from Simon & Schuster UK,  chronicles centuries of fictional locations that were included on maps of the world. "What makes Brooke-Hitching’s book more than just a collection of oddities is the emphasis on why these errors happen, and how relying on religion at the exclusion of science, or valuing outsider reports ahead of indigenous knowledge, detrimentally impacted centuries of exploring." Here's Sebastian Münster’s “Tabula novarum insularum, quas Diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas uocant” (1554), the first printed map of the American continent, showing North America bent over to accommodate Verrazano’s description (image courtesy Simon & Schuster UK)

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