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Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art

Issue No. 2202

One of the maps on display

One of the maps on display

This major exhibition features many maps which have never been shown before.

It looks at the different uses of maps throughout history.

Maps from 200AD to the present day are on display.

They include a hand-drawn copy of the first modern world map, the Fra Mauro World Map. First produced in 1450, this reproduction was made in 1804 for the British East India Company.

It also showcases more recent examples of maps as propaganda – including a Nazi propaganda map portraying Winston Churchill as an octopus trying to take over the world.

The British Library, London
Until 19 September

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Tue 18 May 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2202
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