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Not only is it iconic in style (used in patterns and prints because of its instantly recognisable format) and hailed as the catalyst to the modernisation of cartography; it is also a lasting celebration of its founder, Mrs Phyllis Pearsall MBE.
Her story is one of stamina, determination and British eccentricity that challenged existing norms, as she imposed her publication on an industry resistant to change.
She took herself to France, and taught English at a girls’ school in Fécamp before studying at the Sorbonne.
At this point there are several versions about how her forays into mapping began, each tinged with Phyllis’ idiosyncrasies.