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5.0 out of 5 stars Changing shape of Scotland!, 17 Nov 2011
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G. Wylie "george11171" (Scottish Highlands) - See all my reviews
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As a Scot who is also a map freak, this book is an answers to my prayers. Not only is it a beautiful production, it is chock full of cartography of all shapes, sizes and intentions, with the authors abilities to explain this fascinating range of styles in an historic setting making the work unique. Brilliant concept! Scotland will never appear quite the same shape again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland: Mapping the Nation, 25 Nov 2011
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Whilst documents and other written material are obvious resources that help shape our view of the past, maps too can say much about a nation's history. This is the first book to take maps seriously as a form of history, from the earliest representations of Scotland by Ptolemy in the second century AD to the most recent form of Scotland's mapping and geographical representation in GIS, satellite imagery and SATNAV. Compiled by three experts who have spent their lives working with maps, Scotland: Mapping the Nation offers a fascinating and thought-provoking perspective on Scottish history which is beautifully illustrated with complete facsimiles and details of hundreds of the most significant manuscript and printed maps from the National Library of Scotland and other institutions, including those by Timothy Pont, Joan Blaeu and William Roy, amongst many others.

If like me you think Scotland is the best nation in the world with a fantastic and captivating history you will love this book from page one. As a cartographer I love maps and Chris Fleets comment sums up my thoughts exactly.
"Every map is a work of art and of science. Maps help frame the pictures people have of the world and help illuminate our understanding of the relationships between things and places. In these and in other ways, maps are fascinating and vital documents and that is why they play -- and have played -- an intrinsic part in most people's lives."
Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland mapping review, 1 Dec 2011
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Dr. John D. Fleet (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book fills a gap in the market and is beautifully presented and illustrated. Although there were 3 authors they obviously know one another well and the writing is seamless. The book teaches the subject well and is a great credit to the authors
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4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT HISTORICAL MAP BOOK, 1 Jan 2012
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C. Allison (Brechin, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a beautiful volume and is certainly most comprehensive in its historical perspective of mapping Scotland. One suggestion - look out (or purchase) a magnifying glass to see all the fine details in the maps! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars maps, 7 Oct 2013
The National Library of Scotland made a basic error in allowing this book to be published in soft cover as, because of its size and the flimsy nature of the cover will not stand the test of time-mine is starting to fall to pieces.(there is a hardback option).
The book covers maps of Scotland from a map by Ptolemy dated 150AD up to the present time.
Sections of the book deal with specific map topics eg.maps pre 1595,maps c1583-1700, towns,countryside,islands,seas and waters and lastly travel and communications.There is an excellent timeline of Scottish map history.
An outstanding book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great review of the history of how Scotland was mapped, 4 July 2014
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A great review of the history of how Scotland was mapped, from the earliest known attempts to shape the nation on paper, up to the modern day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift, 16 Feb 2014
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Exactly what I needed for a specific gift. Arrived well packaged & in good time. Has excellent information for those interested in the history of maps in Scotland.
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