Scotland: Mapping the Islands

By Chris Fleet, Margaret Wilkes, Charles W. J. Withers

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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As miniature worlds, beautiful locations and homes to communities seemingly distant from the stresses of modern life, Scotland's many islands have an extraordinary fascination on countless people, not least on the hundreds of thousands of visitors who visit them each year. Maps too fascinate, as objects of visual delight and historical importance, and as a means to represent and understand landscapes. This stimulating and informative book reproduces some of the most beautiful and historically significant maps from the National Library of Scotland's magnificent collection in order to explore the many dimensions of island life and how this has changed over time. Arranged thematically and covering topics such as population, place-names, defence, civic improvement, natural resources, navigation, and leisure and tourism, Scotland: Mapping the Islands presents the rich and diverse story of Scottish islands from the earliest maps to the most up-to date techniques of digital mapping in a unique and imaginative way.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Hardback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 20 Oct 2016
ISBN 9781780273518
Number of Pages 288

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'It's a lovely book, full of extraordinary maps and stories. Islands are not just geologic land forms. Thanks to this book they are living and breathing entities with long and layered histories' 

'This is a delightful book, beautifully reproduced and to be savoured'

'this is a book to use, to study and enjoy while celebrating Scottish islands in all their lovely variations and locations'

'This is a triumph of a book, a beautifully illustrated account of how our Scottish islands have been understood by cartographers. It is a book that gives sheer, unadulterated pleasure to both eye and mind'

'the authors take us through a dazzling treasure trove of maps in a thematic way, rather than simply arranging them in chronological order ... this is a hugely impressive work of scholarship, not to mention a lifetime's supply of daydreaming material'

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