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This talk by Daniel Crouch, a specialist dealer in antique atlases, maps, plans and sea charts, gives an overview of the history of the cartography of the British Isles. This came into its own in the 16th century with John Speed’s atlas, the first world atlas published by an Englishman, and Christopher Saxton’s map of the British Isles, as seen underneath the feet of Elizabeth I in The Ditchley Portrait. The talk also explores the influence of the £100 prize offered in 1759 by the Royal Society of Arts for county maps on a scale of one inch to the mile, which led to the foundation of the Ordnance Survey.

The Society of Antiquaries


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