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The map as a work of art

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

Antarctic Atlas: New Maps and Graphics that Tell the Story of a Continent Peter Fretwell

Particular Books, pp.208, 35

Strata: William Smith’s Geological Maps with a foreword by Robert Macfarlane

Thames & Hudson, pp.256, 50

’Tis the season of complacency, when we sit in warmth and shiver vicariously with Mary and Joseph out in the snowy wastes, A Christmas Carol or The Snowman. A handsome exploration of Antarctica seems equally appropriate festive fare.

Peter Fretwell brings us chillingly close to a continent that has always inspired awe, evidenced by christenings such as Mount Erebus and Fenriskjeften — the Wolf’s Jaw mountains, named after Fenris, the Norse equivalent of the Beast, which will arise at the end of time to eat the world.

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