Australia in Maps

We’ve seen books come out that were based on the map holdings of the Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; now it’s the turn of the National Library of Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the publication of Australia in Maps, “a book of 52 great pieces of cartography from the library’s collection of more than 1 million rarities, charts and aerial photographs. … The [library’s] curator of maps, Martin Woods, concedes that the book — begun by his predecessor, Maura O’Connor, and more than 25 years in the making — barely scratches the surface of the library’s collection. ‘But it’s a start, an important part of the process of revealing more of our treasures, of our great stories, to the public.’”

More on the National Library’s map collection — the display area for which, the Herald reports, is “now so small that fewer than 10 items can be shown at once.”