An ancient Chinese proverb suggests, They are wise parents who give their children roots and wings – a map. Maps That Changed the World features some of world’s most famous maps, stretching back to time when cartography was in its infancy ‘edge world’ barrier exploration. The book includes details how Lewis Clark Expedition helped map American West, British mapped India Australia. Included beautifully engraved Dutch maps 16th century; sinister Utopian Nazis; that presaged brilliant military campaigns; charted geology nation; ones divided continent up between European conquerors. Organised by theme, shows evolution map-making from all corners globe, clay cartographic breakthroughs such as Harry Beck s London underground. There also fictional including lost Atlantis Tolkien Middle Earth. With an introduction written acclaimed historian Jeremy Black.
Containing original essays; historical narratives, biographical memoirs, sketches of society, topographical descriptions, novels and tales, anecdotes, select extracts from new expensive works, the spirit public journals, discoveries in arts sciences, useful domestic hints, etc.