On Trial—Social Relations of Map Production in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain

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This article examines the social relations of map production in mid-nineteenth-century Britain with reference to moments when maps and their makers were ‘on trial’—legally in court in Edinburgh in 1853 and by public opinion in London in 1854 following a lecture. The principal protagonists include Alexander Keith Johnston of the map firm W. & A. K. Johnston, the German cartographer August Petermann, the mapseller Trelawney Saunders and John Bartholomew junior of the Bartholomew map firm. The article draws upon Thomas Gieryn’s idea of the ‘truth spot’ and on Matthew Edney’s call for studies in processual map history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-195
JournalImago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019


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