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25 Beautiful Literary Maps for Book Lovers


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Literary maps hold a special place in my heart, letting us visualize fictional lands and imaginary places. This is a list of literary maps, in their delightful and beautiful cartographic splendor, from a variety of genres and books.

Most of these are fictional maps showing fantastical places, but a few of them are literary versions of maps — real places with the relevant literary areas marked on it. These are also largey “official” maps, most of which appeared in some or all editions of the book at some point or some drawn by the authors themselves, though a couple are not.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Is there a literary map you love that you don’t see here? If so, drop a comment below!

Map of Lyra’s Oxford from His Dark Materials

A fold-out map of Oxford that accompanied Lyra's Oxford (2003) by Philip Pullman

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Here’s a zoomed-in section of that map:

A map of Lyra’s Oxford, from the short story book Lyra’s Oxford, published in September 2007. Part of the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman.

Map of The Land of Oz from The Wizard of Oz

map of the land of oz from the wizard of oz

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Here’s a zoomed-in section of the map:

The Land of Oz. This was given to press to promote the release of the movie adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

Map of Treasure Island

treasure island map

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By the Scottish illustrator Monro Orr. Map from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cassell & Co.: London, 1899.

Map of Florin and Guilder from The Princess Bride

Map of Florin and Guilder from william goldman's the princess bride

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Here’s a zoomed-in section of this map:

Map of Florin and Guilder from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

Map of the Kingdoms of Lilliput and Blefuscu from Gulliver’s Travels

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Illustrated by Rex Whistler. The Kingdoms of Lilliput and Blefuscu (discovered by Mr. Lemuel Gulliver) from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

Map of Lincoln Island from The Mysterious Island

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Map of Lincoln Island from The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1875. First American Edition.

Jules Verne also hand-drew his own version of the map:

ile lincoln the mysterious island drawn by jules verne

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Map for A Wrinkle in Time and Around the World in Eighty Days from Plotted

around the world in 80 days map

By illustrator Andrew DeGraff, Plotted: A Literary Atlas contains stunning original depictions of literary worlds, including these images depicting A Wrinkle in Time and Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.

If you like this, be sure to check out the whole book!

Maps from The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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Images from The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.

Map of the Abbey from The Name of The Rose

abbey from the name of the rose by umberto eco

Map of Hogwarts from Harry Potter

hogwarts map by Yulya Shironina on behance

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series. So, this isn’t an official map from the book. Instead it’s a map by illustrator Yulya Shironia on Behance. There are a ton of Harry Potter maps out there as you might imagine, but this one was my favorite.

You can check out more of Yulya’s work (including fascinating work-in-progress shots and other literary and fantasy maps) on her Behance page.

Harry Potter fans can also pick up a copy of the iconic Marauder’s Map as well, of course.

Maps of Middle Earth and Bag End from The Lord of the Rings

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Map of Middle Earth from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series.

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This map of Bag End was created for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, as a prop to hang on Bilbo’s wall.

Map of Westeros from The Game of Thrones

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Map of the North and the South, depicting Westeros from The Game of Thrones. See more GoT maps from Random House.

Map of The Hundred Acre Woods from Winnie-the-Pooh

illustrated map of The Hundred Acre Wood, which features in the opening pages of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh

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Drawn by E. H. Shepard of The Hundred Acre Woods from A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. The original version of this map (see here) sold in 2018 for a record £430,000.

Map of the River Bank from the Wind in the Willows

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E.H. Shepard first illustrated Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story set on the River Bank in 1931. Shepard later redrew his illustrations, based upon the 1931 illustrations, but with added color.

Map of Narnia from the Chronicles of Narnia

Map of Narnia from c.S. Lewis' world of Narnia, drawn by renowned illustrator Pauline Baynes

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Here’s a zoomed-in section of the map:

Map of C.S. Lewis’ world of Narnia, drawn by illustrator Pauline Baynes, the illustrator of the Narnia series.

Map of The Streets of Ankh-Morpork from the Discworld Series

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Here’s a zoomed-in section of the map:

From The Streets of Ankh-Morpork, published in 1994. Designed by Stephen Briggs, it depicts Ankh-Morpork from the Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett.

Map of Earthsea from the Books of Earthsea

Map of Earthsea from Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea books

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Map of Earthsea from the Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin.

Here’s an alternate version:

Map of Earthsea from Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea books

Earthsea, from A Wizard of Earthsea, map by Catherine Stock, 1991.

The Voyage of the Pequod Map of Moby Dick

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Here’s a zoomed-in section of the map:

Created by the Harris-Seybold Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The Map of Moby Dick was created by illustrator, commercial artist and muralist Everett Henry.

Map of Dante’s Inferno from The Divine Comedy

Map of Aiaia from Circe

map of aiaia from circe by madeline miller

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Map of Aiaia from Circe by Madeline Miller.

Map of Barkley Cove from Where the Crawdads Sing

barkley cove north carolina map where the crawdads sing

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Barkley Cove in North Carolina is the fictional town that serves as the setting for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Map of Beechwood Island from We Were Liars

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Map of Beechwood Island from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Map of Fiction Island from The Thursday Next Series

fiction island from jasper fforde's the thursday next series

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Fiction Island from Jasper Fforde’s The Thursday Next series. Thursday next is a literary detective in this comedy-slash-fantasy-slash-alternate-history-slash-mystery series. This map appears in Book 6 of the series, One of Our Thursdays is Missing.

Map of The Lands Beyond from The Phantom Tollbooth

Map of The Lands Beyond from The Phantom Tollbooth

Map of The Lands Beyond from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

Map of Ravka from the Grishaverse

By illustrator Sveta Dorosheva for Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars, this map depicts Ravka from Bardugo’s Grishaverse series.

Map of H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands

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By Jason Thompson as part of his graphic novel adaptation of Lovecraft’s dreamworld stories, it’s a map of Earth’s Dreamlands as described by H.P. Lovecraft.

Map of Charles Dickens’s London

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Here’s a zoomed-in section of the map:

Map of Charles Dickens’s London from the Illustrated Charles Dickens’ London.

On the Road with Jack Kerouac (and Neal Cassady) Map

on the road by jack kerouac map

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Map representing On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

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