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Historical Maps

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If you’re like me and my husband, you’re a sucker for maps.  If we could get away with it we’d probably wallpaper our flat with antique maps (replicas – don’t worry!).  In researching for my current novel, which is set in the 1750s and 1760s in England, I needed an accurate contemporary map of the counties Dorset and Hampshire.  I came across a great website, which I’d like to share with you, for the Map House, London.  I’ll definitely be popping in there for a (no doubt dangerously expensive) bit of shopping on my next research trip!

Just click on the image below, which is a section of map from 1760 Dorset, to hop over to the site and take a virtual tour; besides maps they also have catalogues, globes, prints, travel posters and more.

Bowen & Kitchin - An Accurate Map of Dorset Shire Divided into its Hundreds 1760 5b

A Brief History of the World in Maps

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I came across an interesting collection of maps representing changes to the world through the history of maps; historically- and geographically-speaking, maps did not have a tendency to be too accurate as far as actual coastlines, and they may have taken a bit of artistic license as to the size of the artist’s patron country or enemy nations, but they give a fascinating insight to the mentalities and techniques behind their creations.  And I didn’t find a single “thar’ be dragons” on any of these maps.  Just click on the photo below to follow the link.

1675 Dover to London Map, John Ogilby

1675 Dover to London Map, John Ogilby

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