Pirates, Industry and War: 18th Century British Magazine Maps
Monthly topical and current events magazines evolved as a popular publication style in 18th century Great Britain. The most prominent and among the earliest was Gentleman’s Magazine, which began as a digest reprinting the best articles from the slew of dailies and weeklies available in London. Over time it and its many competitors began to offer original content. Maps illustrating articles about military engagements and other current events enhanced sales and became regular features in magazines.
This website reproduces a variety of maps from the MSU Map Library Collection which appeared in British magazines in the 18th century. From them you can see what places and events were of interest to the readership, which was primarily educated males in a growing Empire.
These maps were gifts to the MSU Map Library from Ronald Dietz.
- Maps in British Periodicals. By David C. Jolly. Published by David C. Jolly in Brookline, MA in 1990.
- Maps in Eighteenth-Century British Magazines: A Checklist. By Christopher M. Klein. Published as the 3rd Occasional Publication of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. Published in Chicago by the Newberry Library in 1989.
- Maps of America in Periodicals Before 1800. By David C. Jolly. Published by David C. Jolly in Brookline, MA in 1989
The MSU Map Library extends special thanks to Erika Dietz for her assistance with this online exhibit.