Friday, January 13, 2012

Hiking by James Walker Tucker, 1936.

I recently came across this lovely 1930s painting called Hiking while reading Rachel Hewitt's history of the Ordnance Survey, Map of a Nation. I thought this painting would have made for a cracking cover image for our edited The Map Reader volume. It really captures the essence of using maps that we wanted to convey in the cover design. The question of the gendered nature of cartography is also raised, a point that is made problematic by our actual cover photograph showing the apparently active male role, holding map and pointing, and the more passive female.
We are getting some good feedback on The Map Reader, although its only sold about 400 copies so far. The electronic version is also very well indexed by Google Scholar, so if you search for many of the key articles the first source listed is The Map Reader version on the Wiley onlinelibrary website. Hopefully some reviews in journals should start appearing soon.


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