April 6, 2007

Text of the week: History of Cartography broadsheets

Filed under: cartography — ubikcan @ 3:56 pm

A bit of an obscure one this. If you contribute to the History of Cartography project you get an annual hand-printed broadsheet (available here).

This year’s is called “the surveyor as madman” and it’s a quote from a letter by one Flavius Magnus Cassiodurus, written some time between 507 and 511 AD.

But the land surveyor is like a judge; the deserted fields become his forum, crowded with eager spectators. You would fancy him a madman when you see him walking along the most devious paths.

This is a limited edition of 200.

Perhaps the best one however is one of Woodward’s last commentaries accompanying the famous Brian Harley article “My Favorite Map.”

Here it is. This appeared in 2004, the year Woodward passed away.


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