Readers, beware: These seven new hardcovers just might send you packing.
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  • A collection of maps dating from the 14th century, Vincent Virga’s Cartographia (Little, Brown and Company, $60), will appeal to both curious travelers and history buffs.
  • Weighing in at over 12 pounds, Eyes over Africa (teNeues, $125) is filled with color-saturated images from lensman Michael Poliza’s low-flying helicopter tour of Africa.
  • Equal parts guide and coffee table tome, China (DK Publishing, $40) includes timelines, annotated architectural diagrams, Chinese poetry, and day-in-the-life snapshots of 14 residents.
  • In Paris Changing (Princeton Architectural Press, $40), Christopher Rauschenberg retraces the footsteps of French documentarian Eugène Atget in 1898. The two men’s photos are shown side-by-side, revealing the city’s eternal elegance and its modern developments.
  • Photographer Lynn Davis offers black-and-white portraits of off-the-grid destinations, such as Angkor Wat, Nova Scotia, and Greenland, in Illumination (Melcher Media, $75).
  • Novelist Alexandra Lapierre’s Women Travelers (Flammarion, $45) showcases 31 voyagers from the 19th and 20th centuries,including Gertrude Bell, "the Bell of Baghdad."
  • Take a tour of Rajasthan’s ornate palace hotels and gardens in India Sublime (Rizzoli, $65). Also included: a directory with addresses and phone numbers so that you, too, can live like a maharajah—if only for a night.