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Maps: their untold stories By Rose Mitchell

Maps: their untold stories by Rose Mitchell

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Summary

Drawing on 700 years' worth of maps from the National Archives, this stunning and fascinating collection is not just about the history of the maps, but is also an insight into the places whether cities, countries or the whole world and the social history of the time that the mapmakers captured."

Maps: their untold stories Summary

Maps: their untold stories by Rose Mitchell

A map is a snapshot of a place, a city, a nation or even the world at a given point in time - fascinating for what they tell us about the way our ancestors saw themselves, their neighbours and their place in the world. This magnificent collection, drawn from seven centuries of maps held in the National Archives at Kew, looks at a variety of maps, from those found in 14th Century manuscripts, through early estate maps, to sea charts, maps used in military campaigns, and maps from treaties. The text explores who the mapmakers were, the purposes for which the maps were made, and what it tells us about the politics of the time. Great images are accompanied by compelling stories. Featured is a woodcut map of 16th Century London, a map of where the bombs fell during the Second World War, and a map the first American settlers' drew when they were attempting to establish a new empire on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what is now North Carolina. Richly illustrated with large scale reproductions of the maps, the book also includes some of the more amusing or esoteric maps from the National Archives, such as the map of the Great Exhibition in 1851 that was presented on a lady's glove, a London Underground map in the form of a cucumber, and a Treasure Island map used to advertise National Savings. This is a fascinating and unusual journey through the world of maps and mapmakers.

Maps: their untold stories Reviews

a wonder to the senses both visually and intellectually and an absolute delight to read * The Searcher *
Each map is a revelation of both human motives and earthly features, and those lucky enough to be gifted with this book will find something to divert, inform, and astonish on every page * Natural History *
This book which tells us about the some of the Archives' treasures is a treasure in itself. -- Rose Mitchell and Andrew Janes * Maps in History, Mapping the Ottoman Empire *

About Rose Mitchell

Rose Mitchell and Andrew Janes are both specialist map archivists at the National Archives, which is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales. They are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years, including the Magna Carta, records of wartime propaganda and the UK's own 'X files' on the possibility of alien invasions.

Additional information

GOR006563782
9781408189672
1408189674
Maps: their untold stories by Rose Mitchell
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2014-09-11
256
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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