Map Of A Nation

Author: Rachel Hewitt
Hardback: 436 pages
ISBN: 9781847080981
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Today we all take accurate maps for granted, but you don't have to look back too far into the history of the British Isles to find a time when maps were either inaccurate or simply didn't exist. The long road to the production of the first set of Ordnance Survey maps of Britain took over two hundred years and was supervised by some extraordinary figures. This book documents this journey from the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden to the completion of the first series in 1870.

Note that the number of pages is misleading. Of the 436 pages almost a quarter (109 pages) are taken up with notes and references. This isn't actually surprising given the scholarly nature of the work, but can come as something of a surprise!