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Maps of the Past... Books of Historical Maps and Geography

Become an armchair traveller and historian by exploring the world through the eyes of those that first charted it. Cartographers and writers of the past give us a fascinating insight into how the world was viewed in days long gone. In our historical maps and historical geography books, you can peek into the past with maps, logs, photographs and letters taken from various archives, plus commentaries by the top historians and researchers. Take a look through our best books on historical maps and geography to fully immerse yourself in the history of the world.

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1. Tales from the Captain's Log

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The National Archives

This fascinating book brings together journals, letters and captain's logs from the National Archives to give an unusual insight into the biggest voyages and seafaring expeditions the world has ever seen. From tackling pirates to exploring new lands to fighting in the biggest battles, this book contains all manner of exciting true accounts of life at sea and acts a fascinating look into historical geography.

2. The London County Council Damage Maps 1939-1945

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London Metropolitan Archives and Laurence Ward

This unique glimpse into history focuses on the impact the bombings in the Second World War had on London and how they changed the urban landscapes forever. Featuring an introduction by Laurence Ward that outlines the historical context of the bombings, photographs of the city and tables showing the full extent of the damage, this is a comprehensive look into a shocking part of history.


3. Maps That Changed the World

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John O.E. Clark

John O.E. Clark has compiled a variety of important maps from over the centuries for this unusual history book. Starting with ancient maps and following right through to Harry Beck's London Underground map, this book traces the history of the world in all its geographical glory. Plus, John also includes maps of famous fictional settings, including Tolkien's Middle Earth and the lost city of Atlantis. Explore the world through an unusual lens with this fun historical map book.

4. Britain's Tudor Maps

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John Speed

Step into the shoes of a Tudor cartographer with this book featuring maps dating as far back as 1596. Britain's Tudor Maps is both a reproduction of John Speed's The Theatre of the Great Britiaine from 1611 and an excellent Tudor history book. This stunning map book features an introduction by Nigel Nicholson and commentaries on each map by Alasdiar Hawkyard to provide background on this fascinating part of British history.

5. The Curious Map Book

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Ashley Baynton-Williams

Cartographic researcher, Ashley Baynton-Williams, has brought together a variety of weird and wonderful maps from days gone by for this amusing historical map book. Maps have been produced for a whole range of purposes over the years and in this book Ashley has selected 100 curious maps from the British Library that have the strangest uses. His book features maps made for entertaining, including game maps and jigsaws and maps used for commemorating achievements, such as a map from a tankard celebrating the victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Discover the strange side of historical geography with these curious maps.


If you love exploring the history of the world, take a look through our books on historical maps and geography.