More map cover art

More examples of maps which have interested me. All happen to be from the same era, but I’m making no further claims for coherence – they just instances where the cover art alone is worth the price of admission. The cover for an aeronautical chart of Germany:   I had…

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Hollar’s Hull

I’m often asked how maps were printed in the hand-press period. And the (short) answer is that that between the late fifteenth and the early nineteenth-centuries, the finest results were obtained by taking impressions, one at a time, from etched and/or engraved metal plates, which were usually made of copper.…

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“They cut his throat from ear to ear”: crime maps

“They cut his throat from ear to ear, his head they battered in; his name was Mr William Weare, who dwelt at Lyon’s Inn.” This well-enough known fragment of doggerel has been inscribed in an early hand at the back of one of my Chelsea bookfair purchases, an 1824 first…

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