New PDF release: Antique Maps

By Carl Moreland, David Bannister

ISBN-10: 0714829544

ISBN-13: 9780714829548

Attractive, evocative and traditionally major, outdated maps are eternally interesting and keenly gathered. vintage Maps is commonly recognized as a customary reference paintings for amateur map creditors and specialists alike. It offers a old history to the topic and suggestion on beginning a suite. The important biographical part lists significant map makers among 1450 and 1850, with key dates and works.

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Its history is to be found best described in Bede. Chapter 5 ROAD MAPS, ATLASES BOOKS To the modern eye roads are as vital a part of a map as rivers, place names or mountain ranges and yet maps had been produced for centuries before roads were considered an essential feature of cartography. At sea, as we have described elsewhere, portulan charts were in common use in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and had reached a high degree of sophistication, but with one or two important exceptions, there was no counterpart for land maps.

In that year the French Government suggested that the Observatories of Paris and Greenwich should be linked by Cassini's method of triangulation, the French claiming that the latitude of Greenwich, as previously calculated, was incorrect. The challenge was too great to be ignored and Roy was charged with the work on this side of the Channel, his first task being to measure a base-line on Hounslow Heath, from which the triangulation was to be extended to Greenwich and Dover for the purpose of linking up with the French.

The Quartermaster's Map continued in use until late in the century but by that time much more detailed and up-todate guidance was required to meet travellers' demands. From about 1668 sheet maps showing post roads and 'cross-roads' in England and Wales appeared, of which the most important were by Robert Walton/Thomas Porter (c. 1668), William Berry/ Wenceslaus Hollar (c. 1669-76, 4 sheets), John Adams (c. 1677-79, I 2 sheets, and 1685, i sheets) and Robert Walton (1680). John Adams also published an Index Villaris, a gazetteer of cities and market towns with distance tables.

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