A World of Wonder

Jenny Oldaker explores the enduring appeal of antique maps, and the compelling stories that reside within them…

Today we hold the world in our pockets, the comprehensive charts of Google Maps offering us an efficient and portable guide to the places we live and explore. But while modern maps have achieved a pinnacle of cartographic ambition in their clean, uncomplicated accuracy, they lack the decorative, historic – and whimsical – appeal afforded by maps of the past.

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