Scotland: Mapping the Nation

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

Format: Multiple Formats

Winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year award 2012

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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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Whilst documents and other written material are obvious resources that help shape our view of the past, maps too can say much about a nation's history. This is the first book to take maps seriously as a form of history, from the earliest representations of Scotland by Ptolemy in the second century AD to the most recent form of Scotland's mapping and geographical representation in GIS, satellite imagery and SATNAV. Compiled by three experts who have spent their lives working with maps, Scotland: Mapping the Nation offers a fascinating and thought-provoking perspective on Scottish history which is beautifully illustrated with complete facsimiles and details of hundreds of the most significant manuscript and printed maps from the National Library of Scotland and other institutions, including those by Timothy Pont, Joan Blaeu and William Roy, amongst many others.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 20 Aug 2012
SKU 9781780270913-grouped
Number of Pages 336

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'mixes lavish illustration with academic rigour and engaging anecdotes'

'much more than a visual treat . . . elegantly written, thoroughly referenced and exsquisitely presented'

'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. "Scotland: Mapping the Nation" is one of those books' 

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