Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (Paperback)
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Short Description for Map of a Nation The fascinating story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map, told for the first time by a brilliant young historian.
- Published: 01 February 2013
- Format: Paperback 432 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781847082541 ISBN 10: 1847082548
- Sales rank: 39,702
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Map of a Nation tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map - the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles. The Ordnance Survey is a much beloved British institution, and Map of a Nation is, amazingly, the first popular history to tell the story of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it. The Ordnance Survey's history is one of political revolutions, rebellions and regional unions that altered the shape and identity of the United Kingdom over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It's also a deliciously readable 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.