By: Rachel Hewitt
436 pages, illus
This book tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map - the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles. The author examines the history of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it from its inception in 1791, right through to the OS MasterMap of the present day. It is an account of one of the great untold British adventure stories, featuring intrepid individuals lugging brass theodolites up mountains to make the country visible to itself for the first time.
`Gripping [story] about the remarkable personalities who initiated the scientific mapping of Britain and their extraordinary feats of skill and endurance ... this is the first book of a young historian of whom more will be heard' Max Hastings, Sunday Times
`This is a brilliant book, and it's astonishing that no one has thought of writing it before ... History at its best' A N Wilson, Reader's Digest
`This is a solid account of how Britain's national mapping agency came into being ... she is good on the military, scientific and ideological impulses behind the OS and on its enormous appeal to the general public' Sunday Times
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