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  • Altlases of Empire

    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...

  • Mapping the Great Binge

    Mapping the Great Binge

    I threatened to come back to thematic and statistical cartography in an earlier post. It does sound like a threat – dry as dust – but actually the development of this sort of map-making in the second half of the...

  • A cadger's map of Kent

    A cadger's map of Kent

    Keeping on with the theme of Victorian social history, in a recent house-call I picked up a latish edition of John Camden Hotton’sSlang Dictionary, 1885. Not of great commercial value, but irresistible. Hotton himself is fun - a bookseller, publisher...