British Maps and Map-Makers by Edward Lynam is a 48-page hardcover published by Collins, first published in 1944, this copy is the third impression (revised) of 1947. The dust jacket has numerous chips, creases and tears along the edges. Inside, the cover has wear along the spine, discoloration to the end papers, but overall, the pages are clean. The condition is fair.
Probably few people realize the many-sided interest and charm of early English maps and coastal charts, yet they are inextricably bound up with our history and culture. The Plantagenet wars, the distribution of monastic estates to laymen, our maritime expansion under Elizabeth, the buccaneers' raids in the Pacific under Charles II, the enclosure of common lands, the '45, the building of post-chaise roads, canals, and Palladian 'seats' for the gentry, and the growth of the British Empire under George III are all recorded in our maps and charts. At the same time, scientific research by Elizabethan seamen, by the Royal Society founded by Charles II, and by the Ordnance Survey, together with the invention of new instruments--from the astrolabe to the cross-staff, from the plane-table to the theodolite--were gradually perfecting methods of surveying. The ornament, symbols, lettering and colours upon maps reflect the fashion of their times, changing from the illuminated maps drawn on parchment by medieval monks to the extravagant pseudo-classical cartouches and delicate copper engraving and writing of the sixteenth century on the massive baroque of Dutch William's time and the graceful rococo and 'Empire' styles of George III's reign.