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Booker and Mills Map Collections

900 items.

The Booker and Mills collections comprise British and foreign maps, the main strengths being English county maps and ornamental examples of the French and Dutch mapping of Asia.

Virtually every county in England is represented, with works by Saxton, Norden, Speed, Blaeu, Bowen and other eminent cartographers.

The Asian maps depict the Middle East, Siberia, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Indo-China, the Malay Archipelago, Japan, Korea and China.

The maps originally formed the nucleus of a loan exhibition organized by William H. Barker in the Whitworth Hall in 1923 to stimulate interest in the study of geography, at a time when the University of Manchester was considering the introduction of a Department of Geography. They comprised the collections of Colonel Dudley Mills and Mr R.P.L. Booker, whose maps were loaned by his widow.

After the successful exhibition had resulted in the establishment of a Department of Geography, with Mr Barker as its head, Mrs Booker gave permission for her husband's maps, while still on loan, to be made available for the use of students. Subsequently Colonel Mills gave his collection to the University and combined the two collections in one catalogue.

There are further maps and atlases in the Manchester Geographical Society collection.

Finding aids

Published catalogue, University of Manchester, Catalogue of Historical Maps, arranged by Colonel Dudley Mills (Manchester, 1937).


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