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    Re: The lie of the land: when map makers get it wrong
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2016 Dec 12, 16:24 -0800


    This looks like a great “Coffee Table” book suitable for a Christmas present or gift to a visiting speaker.  You can get a copy from Amazon for around £17 GBP.  I think I’ll wait a while until I see one in a shop selling what used to be called “publishers remains” for significantly less.

    I suppose the cartographers concerned were doing their best when not a lot was known about the World, so they had to fill-in in places they weren’t sure of.  What surprises me these days are the mistakes I spot on TV in the position and names of places, usually when place names have been added to stock map backgrounds for a specific programme.  Previously such mistakes would whiz by so fast that you had no way of checking if you were seeing things or not.  The advent digital recorders which allow flash backs etc, etc means you can ‘replay’ and ‘pause’ and confirm your suspicions.  The most recent I spotted was a programme on coastal archaeology around the coast of Essex where the relatively small R.s Crouch and Roach, which join and drain into the Thames Estuary were actually labelled River Thames.  DaveP   

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