Mad Maps

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A map of Oz. The land-and-water-based route FDR took—from Washington, D.C. toCalifornia and then down the Pacific coast and through the Panama Canal—on his 1935 presidential vacation. Europe as it might look had the Nazis won. These are just a few of the images London-based journalist Frank Jacobshas collected on his quirky three-year-old blog, Strange Maps, which has garnered more than 12 million page views. This month Jacobs goes old media with Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities(Viking Studio, $30), an exuberant, beautifully illustrated roundup. Choice cut: Tolkien’s Middle Earth, transposed on Australia.—Abe Streep

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