The Map Tour: A History of Tourism Told through Rare Maps
The only book that follows the history of tourism through the finest examples of cartography.
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||1 October 2018 by Explore Australia
||By Thomson, Hugh
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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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Hugh Thomson is a British author, film-maker and explorer whose books include 50 Wonders of the World and The Green Road into the Trees, which won the 2014 Wainwright Prize for nature and travel writing. Since the age of 21 he has led expeditions to Peru and is one of one of Britain's leading explorers of Inca settlements. Hugh has an MA from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the RGS. His grandfathers, G.P Thomson and W.L Bragg, won the Nobel Prize for Physics.