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Scotland: Mapping the Nation

Cartography, Mapping Series
Publication Date
05 October 2017
250 x 246mm Bespoke Hardback
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Birlinn Ltd
Colour illustrations and Maps throughout

Scotland: Mapping the Nation

by Christopher Fleet, Charles W.J. Withers and Margaret Wilkes - Find out more about the author

‘mixes lavish illustration with academic rigour and engaging anecdotes’ – Sunday Herald

‘much more than a visual treat . . . elegantly written, thoroughly referenced and exsquisitely presented’ – TES, Scotland

Maps can delight, educate and illuminate a nation’s history and geography. Where written documents are obvious resources in helping shape views of the past, maps powerfully illustrate how and why nations have come to be seen as they are. Scotland: Mapping the Nation is the first book to take Scotland’s maps seriously as a form of Scottish history, from the earliest representations of Scotland by Ptolemy in the second century AD to the most recent mapping and geographical representation in GIS, satellite imagery and SATNAV. Written by experts who have spent their lives working with maps and map history, Scotland: Mapping the Nation offers a fascinating and thought-provoking perspective on Scottish history and geography. The book, produced in association with the National Library of Scotland, is beautifully illustrated with details of the most significant manuscript and printed maps of Scotland including those by Timothy Pont, Joan Blaeu, William Roy and the Bartholomew firm amongst many others.

Chris Fleet studied Geography at the University of Durham. He is Senior Map Curator in the National Library of Scotland. In 2010, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Margaret Wilkes is a Member of the Steering Committee of the Scottish Maps Forum, a Director of The Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Convenor of its Collections & Information Committee and Joint Chairman of its Edinburgh Centre.

Charles W.J. Withers is Geographer Royal in Scotland. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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