By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 30, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps takes us on a quick trip around the globe.


Around the World in 80 Days was first published on January 30, 1873 by Jules Verne.

The heroes, Philias Fogg and his valet Jean Passepartout undertake the epic journey, mostly via sea, from London eastward and back to London meeting many interesting people and challenges along the way.  They did travel overland in Europe, India and the US.

Nellie Bly, an American journalist, took 72 days to complete a similar journey in 1889, meeting Verne in Amiens, France at her finish.  Many others have emulated the idea of circumnavigating the earth since then.  One of the more creative ones is doing so by bicycle in 78 days in 1927.

Now, we all know this feat is highly dependent upon how one defines “around the world”.   One could be a purist and say, it must be traveling the longest distance, so around the equator.  In Verne’s novel the heroes were well short of the longest distance, even though they did circumnavigate the world.  If leniency is given, one could go around the world in seconds – not by aircraft, rather going to one of the poles and walking in a short circle.

Mercator’s double hemisphere map of our world is shown here from 1587 with a much enlarged Antarctica and no Australia.

World map on Double Hemisphere Map – 1587 (credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.