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Cartographies of a scientific county: mapping Cornwall

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This paper considers the role of geographical description in the scientific consumption of a region: the county of Cornwall, England. The paper takes a number of different scientific fields—particularly geology and antiquarianism—and considers their deployment of various modes of cartography to display a region for consumption by both a local and wider scientific public. A number of examples are discussed: the early geological maps of Cornwall, produced by the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall; antiquarian field-excursions and the maps that accompanied them; as well as the numerous guidebooks written for the scientific tourist, with suggested itineraries and sites of inquiry.

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