SCOTLAND: MAPPING THE ISLANDS

CHRISTOPHER FLEET, MARGARET WILKES and CHARLES W J WITHERS
288pp MAPS & ILLUS 2016 LIST PRICE: £30.00 R311

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This book reproduces some of the most beautiful and historically significant maps from the National Library of Scotland’s magnificent collection in order to explore the many dimensions of island life and how this has changed over time. Arranged thematically and covering topics such as population, place-names, defence, civic improvement, natural resources, navigation and leisure and tourism, it presents the rich and diverse story of Scottish islands from the earliest maps to the most up-to date techniques of digital mapping.

It is a book that gives sheer, unadulterated pleasure to both eye and mind. ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH