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The Mapping of Africa

The Mapping of Africa

Maps have always existed. There may not be physical evidence of its existence, but mind maps have been created since the dawn of time. A simple thought of remembering in which direction you need to travel can be considered a map of some sort. As the human mind has evolved and developed, so have the techniques for map making. A map can be used to represent an infinite number of subjects – Babylonians were fascinated by the concept of Heaven and Earth and created one of the fi...

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the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918...11 million soldiers, and 7 million civilians, were dead and did not return home to their families. 20 million people were wounded or disabled for life, with millions more permanently psychologically scarred by the impact of a brutal and bloody war that saw a human tragedy on a global scale never before seen. Towns and villages lay demolished, civilians displaced, and food shortages were rampant. In Britain, luxu...

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The Alpini, River Isonzo and The Italian Front World War One

The Alpini, River Isonzo and The Italian Front World War One

The war for the Italians was a very different experience than the war on the Western and Eastern Fronts. Tied in to the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary, Italy was very much in a position to take either the side of the Central Powers, or the side of the Allies, when war broke out in 1914. The Triple Alliance was an agreement between Italy, Germany and Austria-Hungary that was formed in 1882 and was in place, and had been renewed periodically, right until Italy decl...

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Air Raid Map of The Metropolitan Area and Central London

Air Raid Map of The Metropolitan Area and Central London

The above map of the London area, with its larger-scale inset or Central London, has been carefully compiled to show with approximate accuracy where the bombs fell in the many air raids which the metropolis endured throughout the war. It is based upon official information, with-held until after the cessation of hostilities, and upon supplementary data specially supplied by the Fire Brigades of the London area. It will be noticed that all parts of London suffered, though some distr...

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Verdun and The Somme World War One

Verdun and The Somme World War One

“ What a bloodbath, what horrid images, what a slaughter. I just cannot find the words to express my feelings. Hell cannot be this dreadful.” - Albert Joubaire, French Soldier, Verdun, 1916 Total War - The Writing on the Wall at the Somme ‘The First World War gave rise to an epoch of worldwide historical change and revolution. What began as a European conflict ended as a global catastrophe: it led to the eclipse of three great empires - the Russian, Austro-Hun...

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Ypres World War One

Ypres World War One

Ypres, a town in West Flanders, Belgium, 32 miles south-west of Bruges, with a population of 18,000 before the war, is a town that saw 5 years of critical fighting throughout the entirety of World War One. The ’Schlieffen Plan’ was Germany’s plan for war which had been drawn up in 1897 (although it was revised several times and took a further nine years to fruition). Germany‘s borders of 1914 were the Empire of Russia, the Empire of Austria, Switzerland, Fr...

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Gallipoli World War One

Gallipoli World War One

Gallipoli Word War One  Map of Gallipoli in 1914/1915 published c.1920 Gallipoli, the 9 month battle for control of the Dardanelles Strait, began after Turkey entered the war on the side of the Central Powers (Germany & Austria-Hungary) on November 1st 1914. The Dardanelles are an internationally significant waterway in north west Turkey and access to the strait was vital in order for Britain and France to provide Russia with supplies, including munitions, as they were...

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The World At War 1914 - 1918

The World At War 1914 - 1918

The World At War circa 1920 The First World War was one of the deadliest battles in human history. Four years of war resulted in approximately 9 million dead, 21.2 million wounded, 7.8 million taken prisoner or missing, and 6.6 million civilians perishing, changing the political, and literal, landscape of Europe permanently. Entire villages were wiped off the map and fertile farmland devastated. A war of many firsts, with new weapons and rapidly changing tactics, the slaughter an...

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Merino Wool and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Merino Wool and Sydney Harbour Bridge

This map of Australia and New Zealand charts the commercial developments of Australia circa 1930. At the time of this map, following the Wall Street Crash of 1929, The Great Depression was beginning to have a wide ranging affect across the country. Unemployment in Australia was already at 10%, doubling to 21% following the crash and rising to a huge 32% at it’s peak in the mid 1930’s. Still recovering from the impact felt during the first World War ,where 60,000 Austr...

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Mining North Wales & Anglesey

Mining North Wales & Anglesey

(North) Wales and Anglesey circa 1900 At the time this map was produced in 1900, it was a period of huge social change and upheaval. Living standards were low and much of the population lived in poverty. Despite the Mines and Collieries Regulation Act of 1842, where it became illegal for women or any child under the age of ten to work underground, mining remained a significant form of income for many families and it was more important to bring home a wage than to get an education...

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Frankincense and Pearls

Frankincense and Pearls

This map of The Near East, circa 1900, provides information  on the various natural resources and manufactures of every country and are shown in their proper positions, together with the means of transport to the nearest ports, and the various steamer routes connecting these ports with other countries. The distance along each of the sea routes is given, together with other information such as consular representation.Frankincense - ‘Boswelia Sacra’ - is a hardy tre...

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Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian Cotton

Cotton, a soft white fibrous substance surrounding the seeds of a small woody plant, is a shrub that is grown very successfully in Egypt due to the agreeable climate and the fertility of the land.  Arab merchants introduced cotton cloth to Europe in 800 AD, but this cloth is unlikely to have been cultivated in Egypt. The large scale production of high quality Egyptian cotton dates back no earlier than the mid nineteenth century. Muhammad Ali Pasha (1769 - 1848), a visionary,...

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Borneo, Java & The Philippines. Magellan-Elcano Circumnavigation.

Borneo, Java & The Philippines. Magellan-Elcano Circumnavigation.

Map Reference: Borneo, Java & The Philippines Geo006 Borneo and Java belong to the Sunda Islands - a group of islands extending from the Malay Peninsula to the Moluccas South East of the Asiatic mainland towards New Guinea. The Greater Sundas include Sunatra, Java, Borneo and Celebes and the Lesser Sundras Sumba, Flores and Timor. Borneo, the largest island in Asia - larger than Germany & Britain combined, is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world. The Borneo...

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We specialize in supplying original maps and reproductions of the rarer maps, all dissected and hand laid onto 100% natural cotton cloth. All of them are supplied in handmade slipcases covered in marbled paper taken from our collection of original papers dating back to circa 1700.
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