Pick of the week
For nearly 70 years, The Map House was so prominent a feature of St James’s Street, London SW1, that it was used as a question for taxi drivers doing the Knowledge. In those days, Sifton, Praed & Co not only sold maps, but printed and published them there. At 54, Beauchamp Place, SW3, since 1973, the business continued as an antiquarian map seller, but, recently, it has put a toe back into publishing books. The first fruit was The Mapping of Antarctica in 2012, followed now by War Map: Pictorial Conflict Maps, 1900–1950 by Philip Curtis and Jakob Søndergård Pedersen.
The book—and the exhibition at The Map House, until November 18—runs from the Boer War to the eve of the Korean conflict, seen through both campaign and propaganda maps. Also included are maps illuminating such diplomatic demarches as the formation of the United Nations.