L.T.C. Rolt, Euromapping, 1994 (additional chapter by David Edwards-May). Remarkably researched and documented history of conception, building and operation of the Canal du Midi, This canal, built in just 15 years (1666-1681), provides a navigable route through Southern France between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Tom Rolt, a founder of the movement for preservation of Britain’s canals, tells us how this engineering achievement was inspired and led by Pierre Paul Riquet, how he won the support of Louis XIV and his minister Colbert, and how he overcame formidable technical, economic and social problems which threatened to stop the works. This historical guide, first published in 1973, is also the indispensable companion for tourists discovering the canal today. 240 pages. (French edition Le Canal Entre Deux Mers also available).