"Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see." Know who said that? It wasn't Christopher Columbus, or Mark Twain, or Rick Steves, or even the Great City Maps editors. It was the sage and insightful (and still so, so hot) Angelina Jolie.
Great City Maps encourages its readers to go on past as much as future adventures. The coffee table-ready book is a full-color collection of some of the world's most famous historical city maps. It starts with ancient civilizations and moves through time into today's "sprawling modern mega-cities."
In addition to 30 detailed prints, Great City Maps explores each of its entries' backgrounds, including the culture and beliefs of the time, and why and how the map was made. Rome, Jerusalem, New York, and Tokyo are just a few of the cities revealed in intricate detail.
Hardbound and cloaked in a textured and foiled jacket, Great City Maps is also all dressed up and ready for gift giving.