Scotland: Mapping the Nation


by Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles W.J. Withers

‘[Scotland: Mapping the Nation] is the first book to systematically exploit Scotland’s treasure trove of maps as a major source for the history of the nation: beautifully produced with a text full of unexpected insights’ – Tom Devine

‘Some books are simply so magnificent in their scope and execution you know they are destined to become classics from the moment you open the cover and begin to turn the pages’ – Undiscovered 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.

Hardback: 318 pages

Publisher: Birlinn Limited, 2011 (new edit. 2017, with corrections)

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 3.6 x 25.7 cm

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