British town maps : a history / Roger J. P. Kain & Richard R. Oliver.

Kain, R. J. P. (Roger J. P.), author.
London : British Library, 2015.
256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
Cartography -- Great Britain -- History.
Cities and towns -- Great Britain -- Maps -- History.
Cities and towns -- Great Britain -- Maps.
Great Britain -- Maps -- History.
Great Britain -- Maps.
Cities and towns.
Great Britain.
Towns are complex and sophisticated creations. Mapping towns stretched cartographers' ingenuity to new heights of both artistic beauty and scientific exactitude as they strove to represent and communicate the physical patterns of streets, buildings and spaces; the 'above ground' and the 'below ground'; the built structures and the economy; the lives of those who live or work there; and the unseen realities of land ownership, administration, religion and politics. These maps served a variety of purposes, from guiding travellers, assisting with administration and government, raising taxes, planning the built environment, organising its defence - and much, much more. Some of the maps in this book are well known, others have languished in obscurity, deep in archives, until revealed by the ten years' work of a British Academy research project on which this book is founded. Lavishly illustrated in colour, it tells the story of the mapping of urban Britain from the late middle ages until modern times. The text is accompanied by a comprehensive index of town maps which have been catalogued on an open-access electronic resource.
1.Defining a town
2.Defining a town map
3.Town maps for general and specific purposes
4.Making and printing town maps : engraving, lithography and zincography, printing in colour, photography in map reproduction
5.Maps that survive, maps that are lost
6.Earliest town maps
7.The `remapping' of British towns
8.Towns as property : estate maps, enclosure maps, rating maps and tithe maps
9.Maps of towns in works of reference
10.Maps of towns in directories
11.Street maps
12.Street atlases
13.Maps of towns in tourist guidebooks
14.Mapping towns for military purposes
15.The Board of Ordnance and the origins of the Ordnance Survey
16.Mapping town boundaries
17.Sanitation maps and Ordnance Survey town plans
18.The apogee of Ordnance Survey town mapping
19.Fire insurance maps
20.Maps for town planning
Notes and references
Index to Online Catalogue of British Town Maps
CBTM Online Catalogue
List of towns in the Online Catalogue, the number of maps catalogued for each town, and the range of dates covered by the maps of each town.
"A British Academy research project."
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Class of 1932 Fund.
Oliver, Richard, 1954- author.
Class of 1932 Fund.
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