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Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library

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Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library

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From the publication in 1595 of the first ‘atlas’ by the Flemish cartographer Gerhard Mercator, the term has become a universally adopted title for books containing accurate, uniform and evenly spread maps of all or some of the world. This is an atlas with a difference. Few of the maps in this book could reasonably be called ‘accurate’ in the modern sense and could almost certainly not be used to plan a journey. Yet this atlas can help us to travel in a way that regular atlases do not, because by looking at old maps and getting to know their stories we can be transported back to the times in which they were made.
The generous, full-colour illustrations of each map in this large-format book range from the Klencke Atlas (1660) to Hokusai’s map of China (1840-41), from a 1682 pirate map of Guatemala to twentieth-century cartographic postcards featuring maps of Australia. Atlas is the definitive printed showcase of the British Library’s extensive and unparalleled map collection.
Originally published in hardback, Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library is now available in paperback.

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Dimensions 220 × 280 mm
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Tom Harper

Author Bio

Tom Harper is Lead Curator of Antiquarian Maps at the British Library. His publications include the British Library exhibition catalogue Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, and A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps, which he co-authored in 2014.

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9780712353328

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Paperback / softback

Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library

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The British Library’s map collection is the national cartographic collection of Britain and numbers around four million maps dating from 15 CE to 2017 CE. These include road maps drawn for 13th century pilgrims and sea charts for 17th-century pirates. They include the first printed map to show the Americas and the last to show English-controlled Calais. They include the world’s biggest and smallest atlases. They include maps for kings and queens, popes, ministers, schoolchildren, soldiers, tourists. There are maps which changed the world. As well as comprehensively showcasing the varied and surprising treasures of the British Library’s “banquet of maps” for the first time, this book will examine the evolution of humanity’s perceptions of the world through maps. By looking at how this map collection was assembled principally over two and a half centuries but in reality over a millennium, the book comprises a cartographic history of the world, as well as vivid celebration of the world’s best map collection’s best maps.

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Dimensions 220 × 280 mm
Author

Tom Harper

Author Bio

Tom Harper is lead curator of antiquarian maps at the British Library and the coauthor of A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps.

ISBN

9780712352918

Book Type

Hardback

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