Underground Gallery

The London Underground is the world’s oldest underground railway. In the decade or so that I’ve been specialising in Tube maps I’ve seen spiralling interest in collecting the cartographic record of 150 years of underground travel. Hundreds of maps have been issued by London Transport, its immediate predecessor the London…

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Altlases of Empire

I seem to have a good selection of atlases of the British Empire at the moment:   Thematic atlases became especially popular in the later nineteenth-century, pioneered by firms such as W. & A.K. Johnston and Bartholomew. Here’s an example of an 1877 empire atlas by the latter:   Internally…

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What’s that got to do with the price of fish? Ole Theodor Olsen’s Piscatorial Atlas

Just for once, the answer to the question is ‘everything’. The late nineteenth century was the heyday of the thematic atlas, but I have rarely seen one quite so specialist or as magnificent as Olsen’s 1883 Piscatorial Atlas. A series of 50 lavishly chromolithographed charts record the distribution – spawning grounds…

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