The Gough Map

The Earliest Road Map of Great Britain

Nick Millea

The Gough Map

Nick Millea

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

95 pages | 50 color plates | 7_1/2 x 10_1/2 | © 2005
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781851240227 Published December 2007 For sale in North America only
For centuries the Gough Map has amazed observers with its remarkable detail and baffled historians with its hidden secrets: who made it and why was it made? This gorgeously illustrated volume offers possible answers to these questions with a detailed examination of the map that employs the latest in technology, cartographic theories, and historical research.

Recent digitization of the Gough Map has made it more legible than at any other time since its arrival at the Bodleian Library in 1809. This work utilizes new georectification technology to project a modern map of Britain over the Gough Map, revealing the incredible accuracy of the 700-year-old manuscript. In stunningly detailed reproduction, The Gough Map charts a vast array of cities, routes, and landmarks, including the principal medieval settlements of Bristol, Oxford and Norwich; the Severn, Thames, and Humber rivers; the loop of the Wear at Durham; and routes between towns with distances marked in Roman numerals.

The volume also features a color fold-out print of the Gough map, as well as numerous close-up images of each area. The Gough Map offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine this fascinating example of medieval mapmaking.


A Most Curious and Ancient Map
Edward I and Empire

A Revolution in Mapmaking

The Map’s Audience

The Thin Red Lines

Symbols and Inscriptions

Myths and Images

Degrees of Accuracy

The Map’s Legacy

Appendix: Contents of the Map

List of Illustrations

Further Reading

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