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Major cities appearing in books over time (infographic)

Books written about major cities over time

Take a look at this short, minimalist, but interesting visual designed by Edgard Barbosa, a graphic designer from Florida.

Books of Cities measures mentions of 10 major cities in books published between 1800 and 2000.

Barbosa gathered the data using Google N-Gram Viewer – an online tool that lets chart frequencies of any set of search strings in books using a yearly count.

Only books written in the English language are counted. The cities chosen for comparison are London, New York, Rome, Paris, Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid, Beijing, Mumbai, and Cairo.

Although this infographic doesn’t measure quantity exactly, it gives an overall idea of the amount of literature produced in each era about the same city.

Not surprisingly, London and New York are most interesting locations for book authors, and it doesn’t really change over time.

We also see here cities that fade in, Rome and Madrid, with the latter one enjoying the attention till the 30s of the 20th century. Beijing and Mumbai entered English-language literature as late as in the last 50 years.

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