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Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt
  

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

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Map of a Nation is a deliciously readable account of one of the great untold British adventure stories, featuring intrepid individuals lugging brass theodolites up mountains to make the country visible to itself for the first time. A much beloved British institution, the Ordnance Survey, this story tells of its creation and furthermore it’s the first popular history to tell the story of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it from its inception in 1791, right through to the OS Master Map of the present day: a vast digital database.

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Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map - the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles. The OS is a much beloved British institution, and Map of a Nation is, amazingly, the first popular history to tell the story of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it from its inception in 1791, right through to the OS MasterMap of the present day: a vast digital database. The Ordnance Survey's history is one of political revolutions, rebellions, and regional unions that altered the shape and identity of the United Kingdom over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It's also a deliciously readable account of one of the great untold British adventure stories, featuring intrepid individuals lugging brass theodolites up mountains to make the country visible to itself for the first time.

About the Author

Rachel Hewitt

Rachel Hewitt completed her doctoral thesis at the university of London in 2008, and is currently a Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London and Westfield. She is the author of Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (Granta Books) which won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, awarded to authors engaged on their first major commissioned works of non-fiction.

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Publication date

7th October 2010

Author

Rachel Hewitt

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Hardback

Categories

The Real World


ISBN

9781847080981

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