Atlas A World of Maps from the British Library
Tom Harper The British Library Published: October 2018 Price: £30.00
This beautiful book has been described as 'an atlas of time travel' and it is an apt description. Altas, A World of Maps
from the British Library is the definitive printed showcase of the British national map collection, and one of the world's largest with over four million maps dating from 15 BCE to 2018 CE.
There are maps of lost spaces, which otherwise would have been forgotten, maps that have guarded long-kept secrets, and maps that show cartographic blunders - sometimes including places that were entirely imagined by the mapmaker.
By looking at these old maps, we are transported back to the age in which they were made. What stories do they tell of those times? After world and universe maps, the book is divided by continent, and also seas and oceans, celestial maps and fantasy worlds. In the last category there is a map by Grayson Perry called
The Island of Bad Art (2013) a wonderful satirical comment on the art world, which illustrates the importance of all types of maps.