Edward Brooke-Hitching is a map collector, author, writer for the popular BBC television program QI and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London, investigating the places where exploration and mythology meet.
"The Sky Atlas is a treasury and history of some of
humankind's most beautiful maps and charts. Yet this book is more
than that, it's a sparkling and glittering array of sky-bound
achievements. It's a visual history of what it has felt like over
aeons to look up at the heavens in wonder." -Content
"A beautiful book, just stunning, using star maps to tell the stories of all the myths we once believed about the universe. " --Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2?
"A beautiful new book. There are endless brilliant unforgettable stories in The Sky Atlas. So poetic . . . full of maps and illustrations. " -- Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music
"A beautiful, beautiful book. The drawings, paintings, maps - just exquisite. So rich with wonderful stories. " --Georgina Godwin, The Monocle
"An incredible collection of cosmic maps, paintings and artefacts charting how we have imagined the heavens throughout history. " -- Big Issue
"Combining myth and science, this breathtaking book explores our obsession with the sky. It's packed with stunning images, from some of the first cave drawings of star charts to high-resolution photographs." --Daily Mail
"Following on from his stunning books The Phantom Atlas and The Golden Atlas, Mr. Brooke-Hitching's latest work matches them with equally sumptuous illustrations and scholarship. " -- Diplomat
"One for the curio lover in your life. An illustrated treasury of celestial cartography featuring the greatest astronomical discoveries alongside stories about ancient UFO sightings, winged lunar creatures, a sea above the clouds and an Edwardian aristocrat who mapped alien life on Mars. " -- The Herald
"So beautiful. How we thought of other planets, aliens, mythology . . . Particularly recommended. " -- Jen Campbell, author of The Bookshop Book
"This beautifully illustrated volume spans the history of astronomy and celestial cartography . . . Brooke-Hitching does a superb job of making this complex scientific subject accessible and exciting for readers. The art, astral maps, and photographs, many in lush, jewel-like colors, make this book shine. Readers will want to drink in every fine detail. " -- Booklist
"Those of you with an inquiring mind and a love for beauty will cherish this book! [It] attracts with a stunning cover and holds with a wealth of information, maps, and photographs of art and artifacts that covers centuries of the quest to know more about the creation of our universe." -Denton Record-Chronicle