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    DescriptionMap 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.


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    Title
    Map of a Nation
    Subtitle
    A Biography of the Ordnance Survey
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rachel Hewitt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 367 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847082541
    ISBN 10: 1847082548
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    BIC subject category V2: RGV
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 941
    BISAC V2.8: HIS018000
    LC classification: DA
    BIC subject category V2: HBTP1
    BISAC V2.8: SCI030000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    DC22: 912.4109, 526.0941
    Thema V1.0: NHD, RGV, NHTP1
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), maps (some col.)
    Publisher
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Imprint name
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    RACHEL HEWITT completed her doctoral thesis on the subject of the early Ordnance Survey at the University of London in 2007, and is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She won the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction for this project. She lives in Cambridge.
    Review quote
    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 DigestGripping [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 TimesHewitt tackles the subject exuberantly ... the book won me over. The sweep of its history has true grandeur, and the incidentals of the tale are like desirables found in a cluttered antique shop - Jan Morris, The TimesIn this endlessly absorbing history, Rachel Hewitt narrates the history of our printed maps from King George II's "Scotophobic" cartographies to the three-dimensional computerised elevations of today ... In her lively and informative narrative, Hewitt highlights the Ordnance project's legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics - Ian Thomson, ObserverAn extremely handsome and scholarly account of the genesis of the OS map ... The next time I am in the Public House (wherever it is) I shall raise a pint to Rachel Hewitt and her band of map-makers - Tom Fort, Sunday TelegraphThis 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 TimesA diligent and very detailed book ... she has done justice to a neglected subject and to neglected but worthy men - Peter Lewis, Daily MailThe enthralling story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map ... with wonderful tales of the intrepid individuals who lugged brass theodolites over hill and dale in order to make the country visible for the first time - Caroline Sanderson, BooksellerAn exhaustively detailed study of the life and times of Ordnance Survey maps ... there are frequent nuggets of enjoyably recondite information - Gillian Tindall, Litera