Cartographic quote

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“The history of cartography is littered with such pseudo-continents, chimerical islands, dream-rivers and other Wilkean visions, flickering between the literal and the mythical. This is partly because cartographers have often tended also to be dreamers, seduced into their science by the beauty of maps and the flights of imagination that they prompt. Maps seek to mark the world and fix its flux, but in doing so they also loosen it from its moorings: as documents, they are at once fiercely empirical and faintly mystical.”

Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky and Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit – review

Robert Macfarlane is enchanted by two cartographical conceits

http://m.guardiannews.com/books/2010/dec/18/atlas-islands-san-francisco-review