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MAPPING ENGLAND

SIMON FOXELL    Book Number: 82014    Product format: Hardback

We all know what a map is - or do we? For the author of this big, gorgeously illustrated book, a map is very much more than an accurate topographical record: maps tell us about the way we see ourselves. Organised thematically, the book looks at the history of maps of the British Isles under headings such a defence, land use, the environment, transport, and the image of England. In the 16th century most maps were made with the threat of invasion in mind, and a 1539 pictorial depiction of the Dorset coast, made at the request of Thomas Cromwell, focuses on fortifications such as towers and beacons. A WWI patriotic cartoon places several tiny Churchills at strategic defence locations on the south coast, scratching their heads or poring over documents. Moving on to transport, a famous 13th century linear route map created by the St Albans monk Matthew Paris shows the pilgrimage journey from London to Jerusalem. The mid-19th century introduced canal and railroad maps, while heritage maps of the 20th century developed the symbols used for different kinds of monuments. A Soviet map of England dating from 1975 compiled by the KGB has a startling amount of detail; what did they have in mind, we wonder. In the 21st century a creative approach to mapping is possible with computer technology, and the old topographical certainties are subverted by Grayson Perry's mock-Tudor map exploring his own psyche, or a map of air routes that is recognisably Britain but has no land features. 10" X 12". 270pp, beautiful colour reproductions.
Published price: £40
Bibliophile price: £20.00


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ISBN 9781906155513
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