Author(s): Adam Dant (Artist)
This gorgeously illustrated atlas personifies 28 cities around the world. Each map sheds light on the strange and marvelous ways in which humans interact with the places they call home. Artist and creative cartographer Adam Dant dissects Manhattan in an anatomical diagram, traces the form of a Picasso nude in the streets of Monaco, and transforms the crisscrossing paths of boats on the Bosporus into the nerves of Istanbul. Dant draws on the history, culture, and geography of each city and on the aesthetic of antique maps to create works of cartographic art. With a light touch in the introduction, the maps are framed with the intriguing fictional narrative of Dr. London, a collector of anthropomorphised maps. Each map is preceded by text exploring the theme of the map, written as though by a scholar studying Dr. London's collection. This conceit, combined with Dant's gorgeous faux-vintage style, makes the book a unique and beguiling gift.