There is a long history of utilizing maps as a mode of literary illustration. The current exhibition Landmarks: Maps As Literary Illustration at Harvard’s Houghton Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts brings together a wonderful collection of more than sixty literary maps of places real and imagined. The wide-ranging exhibit covers many centuries, from Thomas More’s island maps from Utopia to N.K. Jemisin’s continental map from her award-winning 2015 science fiction book The Fifth Season and from Don Quixote’s Map of the Kingdom of Spain to L.Frank Baum’s “Map of the Marvelous Land of Oz”.
The exhibition runs until April 14, 2018, and is free to visit.