Primitive and civilized maps

“In contemplating maps, whether already made or about to be made, the imagination is a vital activity. And it leads to practical action. A map-musing Marlow must eventually do something to fill in those blank spaces.  Thus maps breed more maps. For no map is ever quite complete, and instead of trying to be the map to end all other maps, an honest one that is performing its certain service well deliberately leaves need for further maps to use…

The idea of such a thing as a map is at once one of the most primitive and the most civilized of human feats. It is both a yen and a conception, like such other old  but ever new ideas as music and dance, myth and fiction, image and depiction, thought and symbol.”

Greenhood, David. Mapping. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964. p. x.

 

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