Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt

Published by Granta, 2010, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper slightly discoloured on the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.

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2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: FROM THE SHETLAND ISLES in the furthest north-easterly reaches of Britain, to the Stilly Isles in the south-west, the Ordnance Survey has mapped every mile of the nation. Before it, Britain was represented by a mosaic of county and military surveys of variable accuracy, content and scale. But now each region possesses its own highly detailed map, whose pink and orange covers and beautiful contours are familiar to anyone who has rambled through the British countryside.

But the Ordnance Survey would not exist if it were not for the vision and determination of several extraordinary individuals over two hundred years ago. Map of a Nation tells the fascinating story of the map and the men who dreamt and drafted it, through the political revolutions, rebellions and unions that altered the nations shape and identity over the 18th and 19th centuries.

Rachel Hewitt brings to life the period and key individuals in a deliriously readable account of one of the great untold adventure stories, featuring brass theodolites being hauled up mountains, and exciting new cartographic techniques. Map of a Nation is written with great storytelling verve and impressive scholarship. It tells a fascinating tale of revolutions both scientific and political, and evokes the excitement of a nation coming into focus to itself for the first time.

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