The map referred to in the subtitle is the 1539 map by Olaus Magnus, which serves as the organizing principle for Joe’s fascinating exploration of mythical sea creatures: how they were pictured, what they were in reality (so far as we can tell), and what they reveal about the nature of human imagination. It’s an illuminating journey with a superb guide, made even more vivid by 157 vibrant color plates.
Perfect holiday gift? Hel-LO!
And if you have friends across the pond, please let them know the book is also available (with a different subtitle) from England’s Ivy Press Limited.