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    The Mapmakers--I need more!
    From: Tim Whelan
    Date: 2002 Nov 26, 07:52 -0800

    I have lurked on this list for a couple years now. A lot of the topics have
    gone over my head, but I have greatly enjoyed reading many of the
    discussions. I haven't had time to practice using my sextant much lately
    (nor have I ever come close to mastering it), but the discussions on this
    list have inspired me to pull it out and experiment. Thank you!
    Anywho... I am just finishing a book called The Mapmakers, by John Noble
    Wilford. Wow! What a great book! I am sure many of you on this list have
    already read it, but I thought I would recommend it for the relative novice
    like myself. The 500+ page book covers Ptolemy, Magellan, Mercator,
    Beaufort, Harrison, Cook, Vancouver (my hero), Lewis & Clark and much, much
    more. I think it is written in a manner that the layperson can understand.
    Great bang for the buck--$11.20 at Amazon.
    The problem with this book is that it left me wanting more! Specifically, I
    would love to find a book that focuses more on the history of nautical
    charts (The Mapmakers is probably 3/4 about maps and 1/4 about nautical
    charts). The Mapmakers teases one with preliminary information about the UK
    Hydrographic Office, NOAA and the DMA, but doesn't go into much detail about
    those organizations. I would love to read more about about how nautical
    charts are created/surveyed and who was instrumental in making it all
    Can anyone recommend a book like The Mapmakers, but is more focused on
    nautical charts?
    Thank You,
    Tim Whelan
    Tim Whelan                                           _/)
    Internet: http://www.tgw.net

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