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The Phantom Atlas: Discovering the Greatest Myths, Lies, and Blunders on Maps

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Uncovering the Truth Behind the World's Most Fascinating Maps

Explore the history of cartography with The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching. This stunningly illustrated book is a collection of antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography ever created, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it. Discover the most fantastic stories of non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, and other fictitious geography that were presented as facts on maps and atlases.

What's Inside The Phantom Atlas?

The Phantom Atlas is a beautifully produced volume that will appeal to cartophiles everywhere. Here are just a few of the fascinating tales you'll find in this book:

  • The Mountains of Kong: For centuries, more than 40 different mapmakers included a huge range of peaks stretching across the entire continent of Africa on their maps - but it was only in 1889 when Louis Gustave Binger revealed the whole thing to be a fake.
  • The Giants of Patagonia: Explorers who headed to Patagonia returned with tales of giants they had met who lived there, some nine feet tall.
  • The Cazique of Poyais: Scottish explorer Gregor MacGregor returned to London to sell shares in a land he had discovered in South America, offering others the chance to join him and make their fortune there, too - once they had paid him a bargain fee for their passage. The problem? It was all a scam.

Whether you're a history buff, a map enthusiast, or just someone who loves a good story, The Phantom Atlas is a spectacular, enjoyable, and eye-opening read.


"Highly recommended"

- Andrew Marr

"A spectacular, enjoyable and eye-opening read"

- Jonathan Ross

Get Your Copy Today

The Phantom Atlas is published by Simon & Schuster Ltd and is available in hardback for £23.75. Join the community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for cultural revolution and empower yourself with the tools to make your voice heard. Get your copy today and discover the truth behind the world's most fascinating maps.

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with it's social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. - Ernst Fischer
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