The World at Their Fingertips: Eighteenth Century British Two-Sheet Double Hemisphere World Maps.

By: Armitage, Geoff & Baynton-Williams, Ashley.

Price: £28.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


Hardback in Fine condition, with dustwrapper, also in Fine condition. First edition, pp261, with appendices, colour illustrations and maps. Between 1680 and 1807 British publishers produced a sequence of double-hemisphere world maps each printed on two sheets and conjoined. These maps are a peculiarly British phenomenon of this period and they provide a key indicator of the way the British map trade specifically targeted a newly prosperous and upwardly aspiring class of purchasers. The buyers were hungry for geographical information, but were also eager to acquire such maps for display, as a statement of their intellectual pursuits. The scientific appearance of the maps was more important as a selling point than standards of contemporary geographical accuracy, which few of them achieved. This is the first time that this type of map has been studied as a genre, partly because of their great rarity. The British Library holds the most comprehensive collection of these maps and studying them together has enabled the identification of broader themes. In particular, a greater understanding of the British map trade in the 18th century, its business practices, the economics of map-making and new techniques of marketing emerges. POSTAGE RATES ARE BASED ON A BOOK WEIGHT UP TO 1KG. THE PACKED WEIGHT OF THIS BOOK IS OVER 1KG, ADDITIONAL POSTAGE COSTS MAY BE REQUIRED.

Title: The World at Their Fingertips: Eighteenth Century British Two-Sheet Double Hemisphere World Maps.

Author Name: Armitage, Geoff & Baynton-Williams, Ashley.

Categories: History, Geography, Maps,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: The Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, 2012.: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 2869

Keywords: Maps, World Maps, Double-Hemisphere, Atlas, Maps Maps,