Naval War College Review


Only on occasion will an author and publisher produce a work of remarkable beauty and excellence. John Blake’s il- lustrated history of nautical maps and navigational charts, now available in paperback, is one such delight. Commander Blake is a former Royal Navy officer and a fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He not only knows what sea charts are about but has had privileged access to the treasure trove of British charting housed in the Hydrographic Office, which in journal- istic terms is a veritable scoop.