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Sir Thomas More, De Optimo Reip Statu, Utopia, Basle, 1518 woodcut by Ambrosius Holbein.

Richard Edes Harrison, New York , FORTUNE magazine foldout July 1939

Relief Map of the Rhine

Points of the Compass, Reed's Seamanship 1952

Anthropomorphic Wales in Geographic Fun 1868





ANTHROPOMORPHIC from a book of Geographical Fun, Humourous Outlines of Various Countries, Hodder & Stoughton 1869; lithographs published by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son after drawings by a young girl with copy by ALEPH (?)

Anthropomorphic Wales from Geographic Fun 1868

Pieter van den Keevere's Leo Belgicus, the seventeen provinces of the United Netherlands
and used in several map editions, here Petrus Montanus Germania Inferior, 1617.
The Foolscap Map copper engraving c1620 In the Map Collector June 1971 p47 Rodney Green in correspondence quotes from Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, a direct reference to a map made like a fool's head "all the world is mad..."

See Christopher Packe, Map of Kent with giant mnemonic figure overlaid, from ANKOGRAPHIA 1743

See James Gillray, The French Invasion 1793, the Monarch excretes from his Channel Port

MAPMAKING Read these three examples of the mapping of deltas (vertically) - analyse how accretions of knowledge gradually change the way a coastline is mapped. From A.E.Nordenskiold, Periplus: An Essay on the Early History of Charts and Sailing Directions, 1897, and printed in The Map Collector December 1982.

SERIF/SANS SERIF The great American cartographer Richard Edes Harrison encourages the use of serif letters in maps to avoid confusion.

CONTOUR MAPPING from Mechanix Illustrated June 1946

MAKING THE GLOBES A worker applies the adhesive shaped panels to the base globe.
from Mechanix Illustrated February 1951

FORMATS OF MAPS Early view of Rome from Gelenius' Description of the Roman Empire under Honorius and Arcadius .Here the oblique angle with representational intent. Together with a three bay arcade with figures and landscape beyond. Published in Basle in 1552.

From an edition of Ptolemy (from 1545) - an early example of a themes map, where the information makes clear visual differentiation between two religious affiliations - Catholic and Hussite.

THE GRAND JUNCTION CANAL - two halves c1820



from The Royal Encyclopedia 1788 - 1790.

The Runaway Shuttle Train, Story by Muriel Fuller and Pictures by Dorathea Dana, David McKay Company, Washington Square, Philadelphia, 1946. The story began as The Lost Shuttle Train in 1941. Each page measures 17 x 24cms.
from the Catalogue of the Sale of the Scott Library 1974 ; details unknown.

from Blaeu, Le Theatre du Mond e,Amsterdam, 1635, from a map of Holland.

published at the end of the 15th century, original title unknown.


Lampitt is the star of many informative books for children. If he did idealise children into Janet and John types, he drew landscapes, townscapes as real places for real people, and with an understated pallette. He rarely appears in dictionaries of illustrators.
illustration to The Map That Came to Life ,described by H.J.Deverson,and published undated c1950, the comparison of the flat conventions of the ordinance Survey and the three dimensional actuality.
illustration to the cover of The Open Road described by H.J.Deverson, London 1965.The journey undetaken during the book is neatly summed up as a sort of quiz at the end.
and my favourite,
The Picture Map of Adventure Holidays,
from H.J.Deverson's Mainly for Children , 1960.

Blood curdling techniques ands aesthetic blandness to give the impression of vast forces at work under complete control, FORTUNE's map of conflict from a feature on the Rand Corporation. 17 x 25cms.


SUBJECTIVE MAP The Surrealist apportioning the world's land mass.


GRAPHIC CONVENTIONS The map and the elevation on the same sheet.

Plautus (the Abbot of Seitenstetten, Novus Typis transacta Navigatio Novi Orbis Iniae Occidentalis ... Linz 1621. The engraving, by Wolfgang Kilian, shows St.Brandan celebrating Mass on a Whale's back. The scale is made even more absurd by the intervention of the conventions of traditional cartography.
a map of Brighton that uses the device of a panel with representation of the town from the sea, while a map of the area is located above. Thomas Yeakell and William Gardner Map of Brighthelmstone (Brighton) published in Brighton in 1779.
and a variant to the above, the combination of the topographical with the diagrammatic in a town plan of Strasburg from Matthaus Merian, Topographia Alsatiae , printed in Frankfurt in 1644., showing the abstractions of the fortifications.


How can a familiar contour be depicted to link its concept to your project, your product ?
03 November 1966, full page advert
04 May 1955
05 image illustrating John MacDonald's article on Diamonds for the Masses, FORTUNE magazine December 1964, 23 x 35cms