"Maps codify the miracle of existence."Evidence of early maps include cave paintings and later the ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia.
― Nicholas Crane, Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet
|The Cantino Planisphere|
Completed by an unknown Portuguese cartographer in 1502.
"I believe in such cartography – to be marked by nature, not just label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. ... All I desired was to walk upon such an earth that had no maps."
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
|New Providence, New Jersey 1905. |
NW corner of the Plainfield Quadrangle (USGS)
Flat, three-dimensional, or virtual, maps are symbolic and metaphoric representations of space that are adopted as a sort of world language in accordance with our perception.
"A labyrinth is a symbolic journey . . . but it is a map we can really walk on, blurring the difference between map and world."Maps offer a finger-hold on the meaning of space both empty and occupied.
― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking