The English edition of the Maps by the Mizielińskis is listed alongside TINTIN: The Art of Hergé by Michel Daubert, MAURICE SENDAK: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work , a collection of illustrations dedicated to the creator of Where the Wild Things Are, as well as Benjamin Chaud's picture book The Bear's Song .
Maps (Mapy) by the married couple and graphic design duo Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński was originally released in 2012. It is a large-format publication that celebrates the world, from its immense mountains to its tiny insects – and everything in between. The book took the authors three years, developing 4000 new illustrations and two new typefaces.
American bookselling giant Barnes & Noble describes the book as:
A visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielińskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.
Publisher’s Weekly calls it: 'Compelling, if not comprehensive', since not all countries are represented in the collection. Yet that is only reasonable considering the book is organized by continent, and each featured nation gets its own spread filled with incredibly detailed, tiny images of local wildlife, cuisine, activities, and notable figures such as Freud, Kandinsky, or Count Dracula. It features 52 highly illustrated maps and 42 countries in total.
Mizielińskis' Maps remains an entertaining and informative choice for budding geographers or Eurail travelers-to-be.
Images from Maps can be viewed here.
Source: New York Times Magazine
Edited by E.M. 13/12/2013