British Library digitizes George III's large map assortment

British Library digitizes George III's massive map collection

King George III was fairly the map collector, and his large catalog of cartographic relics is being digitized by the British Library. In complete, the gathering encompasses over 50,000 maps, together with the Klencke Atlas which is the second largest atlas on the planet. It measures 1.eight x 2.three meters (about 6 x 7.5 ft) and consists of forty one maps sure collectively in a single ebook. The library is 1 / 4 of the best way via photographing the gathering, and as soon as it is completed, the maps will probably be accessible on-line by means of its Reworking Typography web site.

So, why did George III have some many maps? The king was recognized to be an “armchair traveler” who most popular the comforts of house to do his exploration of overseas lands. The truth is, he appreciated the maps a lot that he saved them shut by within the room subsequent to the place he slept. What’s extra, George III had a knack for “accumulating, borrowing and stealing them from wherever he might,” says Tom Harper, the British Library’s curator of vintage maps. George III’s assortment additionally included a map of the Florida coast that measured almost seven meters (23 ft) lengthy.

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