A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps


A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps
The October 2014 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Tim Bryars and Tom Harper.

Tim Bryars is a well-known mapseller, with premises (Bryars & Bryars) in London’s Cecil Court, while Tom Harper is a curator at the legendary Map Library at the British Library.  Their book, A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps, was published in October 2014.  The twentieth century was a golden age of map-making, and maps permeated almost every aspect of daily life.  It was a century overshadowed by war which was also marked by tremendous social and technological change to which millions of contemporary maps bear witness.  Most were created for a specific and immediate purpose, and had not previously been reprinted or discussed. These 100 maps tell many stories, revealing changing social attitudes towards the unfamiliar and unconventional - the co-authors used the seminar to introduce this fascinating book, to talk about some of the individual maps, and to explore the collecting potential of this largely uncharted field.

The seminar took place on Tuesday 14th October 2014 – Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The seminars are free and open to the public. There is no need to book and all are very welcome.

The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.