Peter Whitfield is an independent scholar and leading expert in map history and exploration. His other books include The Mapping of the Heavens, The Charting of the Oceans, Cities of the World and Travel: A Literary History.
"Fascinating . . . Whitfield serves up an enjoyable mix of facts, both familiar and obscure, handsomely supported with contemporary illustrations in addition to the maps. . . . Anyone with an interest in the history of London or of maps generally will find much to enjoy." --Library Journal