The Geographies of Enlightenment Edinburgh
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384 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

21 b/w, 9 line illus.

Series: Studies in the Eighteenth Century

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Geographies of Enlightenment Edinburgh

by Phil Dodds

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This innovative book explores how the making of Edinburgh as an influential Enlightenment capital depended on a series of spatial processes that extended across urban, regional, national and global scales.
Edinburgh was an Enlightenment city of regional, national and global influence. But how did the people of Enlightenment Edinburgh understand and order their world? How did they encounter, compare and produce different kinds of spaces, from the urban to the world scale? And how did this city set the universal standards by which other places should be judged and transformed?


The Geographies of Enlightenment Edinburgh answers these questions by exploring the thousands of urban plans, county surveys, travel accounts and encyclopaedias that passed through a busy Edinburgh bookshop over four decades. It reveals how these geographical publications were produced and shared, and sheds light on the people who bought and used them - including moral philosophers, silk merchants, school teachers, ship's surgeons and slave owners.


This is the story of how specific methods of mapping space came ultimately to predict and organize it, creating a new world in Edinburgh's image. By connecting global processes of knowledge production to intimate accounts of its reception in the city, this book deepens our understanding of the Scottish Enlightenment and the world it made.
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INTRODUCTION: Mapping Enlightenment from an Edinburgh Bookshop

I PLANNING: EDINBURGH AND THE NEW TOWN
1. Projecting: Cadastral Mapping and the Genesis of the New Town
2. Combining: Mapping Old, New and Soon
3. Dividing: Properties of the Plan Beyond
4. Extending: Progress and the Enlightenment Capital

II SURVEYING: EDINBURGH AND ITS ENVIRONS
5. Counting: Political Arithmetic in the Parish of Cramond
6. Generalising: County Connections and Enclosures
7. Overviewing: Distant Perspectives in the Borders
8. Subscribing: Patronising Surveys and Provincial Libraries

III TRAVELLING: EDINBURGH AND THE NATION
9. Piecing: Pre- and Post-Tour Epistles for Thomas Pennant's Scotland
10. Improving: Robert Heron's Journey through the Commerce of Print
11. Moving: Sarah Murray and her Travelling Readers
12. Trading: Routes in Scotland

IV COMPILING: EDINBURGH AND THE WORLD
13. Summarising: Global Knowledge in an Elite High School
14. Supplementing: The Encyclopædia Britannica's Sources
15. Accessioning: The Family Collection
16. Institutionalising: Edinburgh Medical Students and Surgeons' Societies in the Nineteenth-Century World

CONCLUSION: Universalising Enlightenment Edinburgh

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PHIL DODDS is a researcher in the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University, Sweden.

"A rich and highly original interpretation of geography and print culture in late eighteenth-century Edinburgh." Richard B. Sher, author of The Enlightenment and the Book
"Geographies of Enlightenment Edinburgh is destined to become a landmark book for scholars of the eighteenth century, the Scottish Enlightenment and the urban history of science." Stéphane Van Damme, Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure

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Title Details

384 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

21 b/w, 9 line illus.

Series: Studies in the Eighteenth Century

Imprint: Boydell Press