All of our travelling seems to be undertaken from the armchair at the moment but luckily the imagination can roam free and planning for better times is still an enjoyable occupation. If you know a keen globetrotter, a lover of maps and guidebooks who is always on the cusp of a new adventure, here are some gift ideas that could bring joy to them this Christmas.
Perhaps they would enjoy browsing through the log books of great travellers of yore ? Tales From the Captain’s Log is the book for them. Including excerpts from the diaries, letters and logbooks of famous explorers, soldiers, naturalist and even pirates this is a fascinating picture of life at sea and includes reproductions of maps and drawings from the logs which bring the reports alive.
The past is a foeign country and perhaps your recipient would enjoy travelling there ? The Old Folding Map Company based in Devon specialise in recreating antique maps on 100% linen in unique slip cases made using distinctive old papers. Paterson’s Twenty Four Miles Around London is a beautiful piece –originally published in 1791 it shows the distance you could travel from London in a day. For a map lover this would make an unusual and very covetable gift.
An unusual and particularly beautiful gift for the stylish map reader is a pure silk scarfbased on an early Yeakall and Gardner map of Sussex from 1778. The beautiful greys, blues and greens of the topographical map lend themselves to a uniquely elegant scarf design which was specially created for The National Archives.
If reading the map is an issue or indeed if you are looking to add a touch of historical verisimilitude to the desktop then the map glass in its striking leather case is a magnifier with a difference. A reproduction of a 1917 magnifying glass which comes in its own case this would be an original and thoughtful present.
For the cartographer let them deck their tree with these beautiful hanging globesfeaturing Gerardus Mercator's engraved charts from 1541.Not just for Christmas these make striking decorations year round.
More unusually explore the world beneath in An Underground Guide to Sewerswhich uses antique maps and plans to delve into the subterranean labyrinths beneath the world’s greatest cities
As a little stocking filler tuck in some antique map magnets. Perfect for affixing that “Back Soon” note to the fridge or a set of map themed notelets to send messages home. See how well they remember their travels by testing their knowledge with a quiz book. The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Tour of Britainwill challenge any keen travellers knowledge of Britain’s landscape.