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Written by JulieW
(10/6/2008 4:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hello all and Thankyou Cheryl, penned by Tarn
The world map used for the opening page of the Persuasion Gazetteer is one I own and it is simply that: A Chart of the World on Mercators Projection (1815) engraved by Hewitt,drawn by Wyld and published by John Thomas and Co, Edingburgh.
It is NOT mean to be a map depicting the British Empire , which in any case was in 1815 not as large as it as to become in the latter part of the 19th century
However, because of its physical size we couldn't scan it all to include the entirety of the map, so parts of the North Pacific Ocean and Asia are not inlcuded on our scan.
But that doesn't matter.
Because we are using the map to show locations as mentioned in the novel, not the extent of the British Empire, which you seem to think is a point lacking in our other Gazetteers. If you have a further point to make on this topic perhaps you would care to post at Help, thanks ;-)
As to the contemporary descriptions of the places we inlcuded, they again come from my library of books,and each quote is supported by its source. As I own them its not particularly difficult to find them. I just have to apply myself. And though the descriptions of the places might seem odd to our modern ears, they are faithfully transcribed and have not been manipulated at all by me. I really do not mind sharing them with you all ;-)
However,I would like to take issue with you on one point. I don't consider Jane Austen "knew a bit of geography" as you say. As is clearly demonstrated in this and the other novels, she knew more than " a bit" .I would say that she was extremely well informed and knew a lot. And in addition she knew the significance to the Navy of many of the places mentioned here and exactly why she needed to precisely pin point other places in her novels. I'm not quite sure about the point your are trying to make regarding this.
Hopefully, you now understand why we included this map of the world: I hope this post has cleared matters up for you.
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