The Map Tour: A History of Tourism Told Through Rare Maps

Hugh Thomson

The Map Tour: A History of Tourism Told Through Rare Maps
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The Map Tour: A History of Tourism Told Through Rare Maps

Hugh Thomson

Published in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society in London, this exquisite collection of maps traces the evolution of tourism, from the elite realms of the Grand Tour to beyond the boundaries of the known world. It charts a course across the globe on the first steam voyages, captures the romance of the golden age of train travel, and navigates to the heart of why we travel: for adventure; for education; for escapism; for pilgrimage.

Arranged chronologically and contextualised by the personal anecdotes, diary extracts, and photographs of intrepid early travelers, The Map Tour looks at the ways in which maps facilitated, dictated, and directed the burgeoning travel industry. It reveals the progress in map-making techniques and considers the shape of global tourism today, reflecting on just how accessible - or hostile - the world has become.

Rich with the spirit of adventure, this entertaining collection presents the story of travel and tourism from the 1700s to the present.

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