An Interesting Book With An Interesting Pedigree My enthusiasm for poring over lists of subscribers is probably almost as great as that of the original subscribers themselves. I am currently pondering what prompted Sir Isaac Newton to splash out on six copies of Richard Bradley’s ‘A philosophical account of the…
This ‘Plan of the Kendal & Windermere Railway with the centre of the Lake District’ was published in Liverpool by the firm of Maclure, MacDonald & MacGregor circa 1850. The Lancaster & Carlisle Railway has been coloured blue, the Kendal & Windermere is shown in red. Thomas Hill of Kendal…
The atlas in front of me has quite a story. Published at the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars, this is a British-produced pilot book. It’s a marine atlas with charts, coastal profiles and descriptive text, which in this case covers the French and Italian coastlines as far south as…
Allegory, symbolism and stunning colour in Blaeu’s map of the river
It’s not pizza, it’s a map.
A successful business built on strong values: it’s game night with the Dartons.
The London labyrinth and the origins of the Metropolitan Railway
Whip it good: colour-coding the Underground
Cherish your bookbinders: it’s even harder than it looks.
No-one ever got rich from maps: a cautionary tale