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Book worm are you? Or maybe you just can’t get up and travel right now. If that’s the case, these books of incredible maps with satisfy your wanderlust and you won’t even have to leave the sofa. Explore unknown islands, wander the pictographic streets of Europe and more with these books of maps.

Maps – Lena Corwin


For anyone that appreciates the fine art of silkscreen printing, you’ll love this book of maps from Lena Corwin. Brooklyn-based artist, Lena has created a pretty and whimsical collection of forty hand-printed maps of cities in the US and abroad. These pretty maps are part accurate, part fantasy and to be honest, we quite like the liberties Lena has taken to create this beautiful collection.

Maphead – Ken Jennings


We love that the subtitle for this book is, Carting the wide, weird world of geography wonks. It’s witty and cool, a book of maps that you’ll have a hard time putting down. Ken Jennings is a character himself, holding the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! ever.

There must be something innate about maps, about this one specific way of picturing our world and our relation to it, that charms us, calls to us, won’t let us look anywhere else in the room if there’s a map on the wall.

If you’ve got a penchant for map collecting, this is a book you must add to your collection.

Atlas of Remote Islands – Judith Schalansky


If you’re inner Columbus is waiting to get out or you just need to mentally whisk yourself away for a holiday on a remote island, this atlas will certainly do the trick. Judith Schalansky’s love of maps came from growing up on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall and not being able to travel for years. Her collection of the world’s hardest to reach islands is impressive. Take Peter I Island in the Antarctic for example. Up until the late 1990s, more people had been to the moon than to this island.

You Are Here – Katharine Harmon


We are humans need to be grounded. It’s kind of in our nature to position ourselves in the world. We don’t like the feeling of the unknown. Katherine Harmon’s book takes a look at precisely that idea. Her collection of 100+ maps are taken from artists, professional cartographers and explorers and demonstrate our need to place and positions ourself in the world around us.

Anywhere, A Travel Handbook – Magda Lipka Falck


This book is full of maps but they aren’t just any types of maps. They’re maps to nowhere in particular. Swedish designer Magda Lipka Falck takes her readers on adventures following maps in any general direction. Maybe you go someone you’ve been before, maybe you turn down a road you’ve never walked down until now. This travel handbook is perfect if you want to “travel” without going anywhere in particular.

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