BRITISH TOWN MAPS
A History

ROGER KAIN and RICHARD OLIVER
240pp 150+ MAPS 2015 LIST PRICE: £30.00 R299

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Lavishly illustrated in colour, this volume tells the story of the mapping of urban Britain from the late Middle Ages until modern times. 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. The maps in this book 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 are well known, others have languished deep in archives, until revealed by the 10 years' work of a British Academy research project on which this book is founded.

Attractive and accessible . . . approachable and authoritative. IMAGO MUNDI