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Great City Maps

By: on November 27, 2017
$21.14
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"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.

No joke.

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.

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The World According To Americans

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Imagine a club in Vegas. A go-go dancer. Strobe lights. It's a spectacle of stop motion animation, the fluidity of movement altered by the way the flashes of light play with your eyes. Now scale that scene way down and...

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Map of the Internet

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Jay Simons: student; amateur graphic designer; Slovakian; Internet cartographer. If the Web were divided into land masses, grouped along lines of latitude and meridians and flattened into a map on your desk, what would...

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Self-Regenerative Wax Lamp

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Momentary Ink - Try on Your Custom Tattoo

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I wanted my girlfriend to dress up as the hot chick from Blindspot for Halloween so I could test out these Momentary Ink custom tattoos on her, but she was all, No! Absolutely not! I have a trial starting Thursday and...

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US State 3D Wood Topographic Maps

$75 - $125 from Etsy »

And if you go with Florida, you can use your 3D Wood Topographic Map as a perfectly level cutting board! Haha, Florida's flatter than piss on a plate. I've always wanted to ride a Schwinn 10 Speed top-to-bottom through...

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Dripping Glass Jellyfish Sculptures

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