MAPPING NAVAL WARFARE by Jeremy Black
SEE OUR NAVIGATION AND CARTOGRAPHY SECTION FOR MORE ON NAVAL/ MARITIME MAPPING: Naval operations and warfare were (and remain) a key subject of mapping and charting. This beautiful book looks at a series of key conflicts from the sixteenth century to the present day and explains how they were represented through mapping and how the maps produced helped naval commanders to plan their strategy.
There are plentiful maps and a good story to tell, both about naval history and about mapping at sea. Conflicts covered include the the American Revolution, Spanish Armada, the Napoleonic Wars, the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The book is so visually interesting that one might pass it over as a "coffee table book" but there is a lot more to it than that and it may have a place in any nautical professional's professional library. The maps and charts are in color and feature in most cases a lot of detail. Coffee table object of interest, object of art, or serious historical treatment; In our view it could serve any of those purposes, but probably succeeds best as nautical art history. It seems worth the price for any of the other purposes as well, though for serious naval historians it probably doesn't qualify as an authoritative or original source but could lead such a researcher to such sources. The full URL for the Amazon site for the book is printed below.
Thinking about navigation and charting we suggest all serious navigation students and mariners read our post THE UNDERLYING INACCURACY IN TODAY'S NAVIGATION