Did you know that the first map in a fiction book appeared in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, Treasure Island? This tale of buccaneers and buried gold was first published as a serial between 1881 and 1882, and then published as a book in 1883. This story had a tremendous influence on popular perceptions of pirates, including the element of treasure maps where “X marks the spot.”
Visit our Fantasy Maps exhibit at Central Library! Part of our celebration of Worlds of Wonder, the exhibit runs from June 11 – October 15th. Our Great Hall has a fantastical map of St. Louis, as well as stands which have illustrations of beautiful maps from fiction books. In addition, up in the Carnegie Room on the third floor, we have cases filled with a number of beautiful maps from all kinds of books. Whether it’s the Land of Oz or the lands of Westeros and Essos, you’ll discover just how diverse maps can be! This exhibit also features a variety of different maps of St. Louis itself, letting you see the city in new ways.