Combining dictionary and encyclopedic formats, this reference to geography and mapping comprises over 350 entries, a large proportion of which are British and European, arranged alphabetically. It is illustrated with protraits, maps from all periods, and technical drawings and diagrams. Biographical entries include colourful details and anecdotes as well as the important facts about each individual's contribution to cartography. Most entries include suggestions for further reading and cross-references to other articles. The work also includes a general reading list.