Monthly Archives: March 2016

Floods

Early morning radio: a man is watching water climbing the stairs. It’s not the first time he’s been flooded out and it will happen again as arguments for dredging and speeding flow versus slowing the onrush – via water meadow … Continue reading

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Making Connections: a line through history

Our Italian Marsigli has important friends; on Isaac Newton’s recommendation he had been elected a member of the Royal Society in 1691. In the 1720’s he visits London then travels on to the Netherlands where at Leiden he also met … Continue reading

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The Other Italian & the First Printed Isobath Map

Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli is a name that kept cropping up reading around cartography. I kept sidelining him as biographers seemed to place his interests mostly elsewhere. Born in 1658 to a wealthy and noble family, he studied – among other … Continue reading

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The Italians

In 1746 Domenico Vandelli produced a ‘contour’ map for building a new road from Modena to Massa that was to be as level as possible, I know he did because Wikipedia told me so. The British Library have a copy, … Continue reading

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Chasing the Line

Early last year, whilst fathoming the contours of this project, I began consulting that fount of all knowledge and (mis)information: the internet. Here were numerous inventors of the line: should I include all isolines? (no – more on them later), … Continue reading

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Three Hands

Back from the Netherlands and now based up at Highgreen for a week surrounded by high moorland, I’m itching to slip out of the watery depths and into the airy light of contour lines proper. The good news is I … Continue reading

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Plumbing new depths

Buoyed up by seeing Ancelin’s map (and a strong coffee), I changed plans and headed for the site he had surveyed: the Maas. Normally I’m pretty good at navigating ‘down’ to a river, but as the rain got harder – … Continue reading

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