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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.

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