1. May 2003 16:15
New maps are always awaited with great anticipation at Stanfords; many become a valuable addition to our stock, and those which fill the few remaining gaps in our coverage are particularly welcomed. Some, it has to be admitted, turn out to be disappointing, and, occasionally, one or two make us wonder why they were published at all and are consigned straight to the wastepaper bin in the buyers' office.
Most old maps disappear from our shops quietly. Many are replaced by new, updated editions with more eye-catching covers. Others are dropped by their publishers because of lack of demand for them in the current very competitive market and are not missed much. One or two seem to disappear just to open new gaps in our stock and make our life more difficult - or at least that's how it seems to us!
But it's not often that a whole map series disappears, and not just any series, but one that, if not quite as old as Stanfords itself, has for decades been among our top bestsellers. Michelin's maps of France at 1:200,000 were among the first products we had to learn to recognize when we joined Stanfords, faced with constant requests from customers for "the yellow maps of France".
Michelin started publishing in 1900, just five years after Edouard and More...