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To the Ends of the Earth

How the Greatest Maps Were Made

Philip Parker

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Quarto Books
01 November 2023
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This lavishly illustrated book provides a unique insight into the evolution of mapmaking and the science behind it, from the stone age to the digital age.

Britain's leading cartographic author takes us on a historical journey through how the greatest maps were created. Exploring key cartographers and mapmaking methods, as well as fascinating interludes on subjects such as the very first maps, deliberate mistakes, and superlative maps, this comprehensive guide explores how the techniques and technology have developed throughout human history:

Evolving methods of surveying: from the Roman groma, through the naval instruments of the magnetic compass, astrolabes and sextants, to the 20th century revolution of aerial photography

Drawing tools and materials: from Babylonian maps carved in clay, to digital maps created via touchscreen

The introduction of various mapping conventions and key components of a map: from Ptolemy's introduction of longitude and latitude, through the 13th century origins of having north at the top, to the various projections used to represent the Earth.

With visually stunning historic maps and antique instruments, this book will engross readers with its fascinating stories of how we came to chart our world.

Imprint:   Quarto Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 203mm, 
ISBN:   9780711282643
ISBN 10:   0711282641
Pages:   240
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Philip Parker is a writer, consultant and publisher specializing in ancient and medieval political and military systems. He studied history at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and is the author of A History of Britain in Maps (2016), the DK Eyewitness Companion Guide to World History (2010), The Atlas of Atlases (2022) and many more.

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