Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The History of the Ordnance Survey

The Ordnance Survey website, gives free access to two full-text ebooks on the history of the Ordnance Survey. The first is “A History of the Ordnance Survey” (1980) edited by W.A. Seymour and J.H. Andrews and the second is “Ordnance Survey: Map Makers to Britain since 1791” (1992) by Tim Owen and Elaine Pilbeam. These free books will appeal to those interested in the history of map-making, map design, mapping technologies, the publishing industry, the role of maps in the history of British tourism, the intertwining of landscape and history in visual form, the British development of infographics and spatial concepts, and much more. The books are presented for reading online using Flash flip-book software, but those loading this software in their Web browser will find that it also offers a menu icon for downloading each book as a PDF file.

Access : free