How are maps designed and why are they made? What are the origins of street mapping and how did it develop? This publication charts the history of urban cartography using magnificent examples from the Bodleian Library's extensive map collections. It discusses the evolution of map design and compares cartographic styles and conventions over the centuries and around the globe. it also discusses how the purpose and function of maps directly and profoundly affects their design.
It also looks at the impact of war on mapping, with fascinating examples of mapping from World War II which mark out strategic sites such as the Morris car plant in Birmingham, and a Soviet map of Oxford produced during the Cold War also showing key installations, such as industrial sites, post offices, the police station, and even publishers.
Oxford maps are used to chart the sweep of cartographic development, from the famous sixteenth-century map of the city of Agas to the most recent products from the twenty-first century. Also on view is the 1883 Drink Map of Oxford published by the Temperance Union, which, paradoxically, draws attention to the fact that 'every twenty-second house in Oxford is a drink-shop' and marks these with a proliferation of red dots.
Another chapter illustrates the growth of St Petersburg (celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2003), from Peter the Great's vision of an imperial capital, designed to be 'a window on the West', through the turbulent changes caused by flooding, revolution and siege, to the present day.
The book includes a chapter discussing maps of streets that were planned but never built, such as Sir John Evelyn's plan for rebuilding the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666. It ends with a look at the future of mapping and considers map media and their uses.
Published to accompany the exhibition at the Library in 2003, this fully-illustrated book is an important work for students and collectors of cartography, as well as for map enthusiasts or anyone with an interest in cities and their design.
Nick Millea is Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library.
- 88 pages, 210 x 267 mm
- colour illustrations
- ISBN: 9781851240411
- Publication February 2003