Atlas of Kenya: a comprehensive series of new and authentic maps prepared from the national survey and other governmental sources, with gazetteer and notes on pronunciation and spelling.
18 x 19 in (45.72 x 48.26 cm)
1 : 3000000
This is a first edition 1959 atlas of Kenya, produced by the Survey of Kenya. It was produced and published in Kenya under Douglas Ernest Warren, one of the most influential post-war surveyors working in Africa as Britain's colonies one-by-one achieved independence.
In the BookThe atlas contains 44 leaves of maps: 39 in color and five historical maps in black and white. The full country maps are at the scale of 1 : 3,000,000 unless otherwise noted. A continental map places Kenya in relation to the rest of Africa, while general maps highlight regional boundaries, administrative regions, and physical characteristics. Six regional maps at the scale of 1 : 1,000,000 show Kenya's provinces in richly-layered detail. Further national maps focus on specific areas of Kenya's economy and unique challenges. Political boundaries, mean annual rainfall, drainage, geological features, soil characteristics, vegetation, agriculture, and forest reserves all receive dedicated maps. Elaborate charts illustrate Kenya's rainfall and climate by seasons, and maps showing the prevalence of malaria and Tsetse flies reveal some of Kenya's challenges as an agricultural nation. Other specific maps focus on Kenya's ethnographic divisions and population density. Dedicated maps focus on police, communications, postal, educational and hospital resources. In addition there are superb full-sheet city plans of Nairobi and Mombasa.
Historical MapsAt the end of the atlas are reproductions of historical maps as far as the 16th century by Gastaldi, Linschoten, Blaeu, and Purdy, among others.
Publication History and CensusThe first edition of the Atlas of Kenya was completed in 1959; a further edition was produced with the same title in 1962, with some updates and two new leaves of maps. A much-expanded third edition was printed in 1970 as the National Atlas of Kenya. All three editions are well represented institutionally but are scarce to the market.
Douglas Ernest Warren (June 8, 1918 - September 22, 1993) was a British surveyor and civil servant. The son of an Army officer, he received a grammar school education and went on to get a First in Mathematics just as the Second World War broke out. Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals, he was posted with the Malaya Command, which was disbanded when it surrendered with all other commonwealth forces in the Battle of Singapore. Warren was made a prisoner of war by the Japanese, and records put him in a Thailand POW camp in November of 1944. But he survived the ordeal: he returned to England and married. The first of two daughters would be born in the Spring of 1947. His ability with mathematics led him to become a surveyor with the Colonial Service, first in Tanganyika 1946-55. He was made Superintendent of Surveys in 1955, then moving to Kenya to become the last British Director of the Kenya Survey Department, a position he retained until after Kenya's independence in 1965. Afterwards, he would join the Foreign and Commonwealth office, eventually becoming Director of Overseas Surveys. He would be appointed CMG for his service in 1973. He remained a Director and Survey Adviser for the Foreign Office until 1980. During his long career he was instrumental in mapping Britain's remaining colonies just as they gained their independence. Under his guidance the Directorate of Overseas Surveys mapped nearly 3 million square miles of 80 developing countries, in Africa, the Caribbean and the Far East. Throughout his career he was noted for pushing to employ more modern methods in the Diretorate's surveys, employing aerial photography, photogrammetric machines, and other up-to-date techniques, including the use of Doppler and satellite imagery. Against his strenuous efforts, the DOS would eventually be broken up by the government in the early Eighties, to be absorbed by the Ordnance Survey. He retired in 1980. More by this mapmaker...
Good. Wear to edges of boards. Damp staining to both covers. 44 plates of maps. iv pages of text.
OCLC 1411469. Not in Afriterra.