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The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: M is for…

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The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: M is for…

M is for...

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Mapmaker
Imagine being the fist person to explore a new territory and commit its variations and intricacies to paper. Also imagine that you are just a small person, with none of the advanced digital-imaging technologies that we have today to understand all the jagged cliffs and deep valleys of the globe. I can't even imagine where an early mapmaker would start, or the tricks of the trade that would be relied on to chart geography. I actively seek out old maps and atlases in flea and antique markets while travelling and love to find ones in other languages or so very out of date that you can see how the countries’ boundaries and borders have changed over time. Early mapmakers weren't governed by some of the mapmaking rules that we now take for granted. For example, maps could be oriented anywhere and did not always point north. I love the idea that each mapmaker would have different symbols and legends to decipher and I continue to hunt for all sorts of interesting examples – but my treasure hunt relies on no map.

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for...      B is for...
C is for...      D is for...
E is for...      F is for...
G is for...     H is for...
I is for...      J is for...
K is for...     L is for...

Filed 16th May, 2016
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