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Ordnance Survey: Map Makers to Britain Since 1791 Hardcover – 1 May 1992

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books; First Edition edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0117015075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0117015074
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This illustrated history gives an account of the early pioneering surveys of the British Isles and traces developments made both in surveying and in map production - from measurement with glass rods and steel chains to positioning by satellite, and from copper engraving and hand-colouring to digital mapping and laser printing. Ordnance Survey was founded in 1791 under the military board of ordnance to provide mapping of south-east England in readiness for the threatened French invasion. Its current role is the production of mapping and map information for present-day government, business and leisure needs. In many instances the material comes from the diaries and papers of individuals who took part - for this is also the story of the people and personalities involved in the growth of a national institution.

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This is an excellent history of the OS up to 1991, written by two employees of the great national institution, and gives a good deal of background and insight into developments over the years.
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