Atlas: A World Of Maps From The British Library - Tom Harper

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From the publication in 1595 of the first ‘atlas’ by 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. Whilst few of the maps in this book could be called 'accurate' in the modern sense of the word, they can help us to travel in a way that regular atlases do not. 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 book range from the Klencke Atlas to Hokusai’s Map of China, from a 1682 pirate map of Guatemala to 20th-century cartographic postcards featuring maps of Australia. Atlas: A World Of Maps From The British Library is the definitive printed showcase of the British Library’s extensive and unparalleled map collection.

  • Publisher: British Library Publishing (11 Oct. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0712352918
  • Dimensions: 21 x 3 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages