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‘Oh the blue of the Danube is greener than green’
By Tim / 13/04/2019

Allegory, symbolism and stunning colour in Blaeu’s map of the river

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A splash of colour
By Tim / 18/10/2011

Few things in my corner of the rare booktrade seem to cause as much confusion and consternation as the colouring of maps: when, by whom and why? Commercially viable colour-printing didn’t really take off until the mid nineteenth-century, and there’s a transitional period of at least thirty years or so when hand-colouring of maps was…

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