Daily Archives: December 16, 2017

Map History / History of Cartography – WWW-Virtual Library

Old maps, early maps— non-current maps in general—are the subject of this site. Whether you are an academic, family historian, collector, teacher, parent or surfer – WELCOME! Use this site to find the worthwhile free information about old maps, both on the web and in the real world. The site’s 120 ‘pages’ offer comment and guidance, and over 6,500 annotated links selected for relevance and quality. As the information is logically organised in a directory structure, you should easily find what you want. For an overview, check out What the site is about.

Follow the links to the left; or use the Index (and perhaps find unexpected things as well); or explore via the Sitemap to see the full range. In addition, you can search across the whole of this site:

Please note that there are no pictures of maps on this site (but see Map image sites for thousands of annotated links to them). Alternatively, Map articles gives easy access to the growing body of free texts on the web.

This site is twenty years old but is updated continuously. Add it to your favorites or, if relevant, insert a link from your own webpage.



Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America – The New York Times

This newly discovered print of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 map was to be sold at auction this month until experts raised concerns about its authenticity.CreditKirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

By Michael Blanding,  Dec. 10, 2017

The map seemed to be an unbelievable find, an unknown fifth original of the rarest of documents, a vision of the world, circa 1507, by the famed German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller. It features 12 so-called globe gores — like a world map drawn on an orange peel that has been sectioned and squashed flat.

Designed to be cut out and pasted around a sphere, these creations of Waldseemüller are thought to be the first printed globes ever made, as well as the first maps ever to use the name “America.”

Christie’s, the auction house, estimated the new find would fetch from $800,000 to $1.2 million when it went on the block Dec. 13 at its London salesroom.

But something about the map didn’t seem right to Alex Clausen, a San Diego-based rare-map dealer, who compared it to high-resolution images of the other known copies.

…(read more).

Het Scheepvaartmuseum on Vimeo

Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Joined 6 years ago|Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Het Scheepvaartmuseum laat zien hoe de zee de Nederlandse cultuur heeft bepaald. Zonder de zee geen Nederland!

Ontdek op je eigen manier 500 jaar maritieme geschiedenis in fascinerende, interactieve tentoonstellingen. Er zijn speciale tentoonstellingen voor kinderen en buiten ligt natuurlijk weer de replica van het beroemde VOC-schip Amsterdam.

Het Scheepvaartmuseum is volledig vernieuwd maar ademt nog steeds geschiedenis, het is een prachtig stoer gebouw in het hart van Amsterdam.


Imago Mundi: International Journal for the History of Cartography

The ‘Map History’ site forms part of the WWW-Virtual Library. It offers a non-commercial mixture of comment and tips (spread over about 100 ‘pages’) and many thousands of links to free sites. It is the work of one individual, who (as both author and webmaster) can make and implement decisions immediately.

Twelve brief introductory notes follow, intended to give you the flavour of the site. You can follow up the links below or go back to the Homepage, where you will see the site’s structure. Alternatively, use the Index, or the Sitemap.


History of Cartography – Vols. 1, 2 and 3

The first volume of the History of Cartography was published in 1987 and the three books that constitute Volume Two appeared over the following eleven years. In 1987 the worldwide web did not exist, and since 1998 book publishing has gone through a revolution in the production and dissemination of work. Although the large format and high quality image reproduction of the printed books (see right column) are still well-suited to the requirements for the publishing of maps, the online availability of material is a boon to scholars and map enthusiasts.

On this site the University of Chicago Press is pleased to present the first three volumes of the History of Cartography in PDF format. Navigate to the PDFs from the left column. Each chapter of each book is a single PDF. The search box on the left allows searching across the content of all the PDFs that make up the first six books.



Cartographic Resources on the Internet

Links that may be of interest to visitors of the History of Cartography Project website. More resources concerning map history may be found using any web search engine.
General Map History Home page
Old maps, early maps—non-current maps in general—are the subject of this site. Use this site to find worthwhile free information about old maps, both on the web and in the real world.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
This historical map collection has over 75,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the World.

John Docktor’s Cartography Calendars
Calendars of conferences, meetings, lectures, and map fairs.

Maps in the Atlases of the British Library. A Descriptive Catalogue c. AD 850-1800. Volume 2


  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The British Library; 1st edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712306692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712306690




  • Hardcover: 2000 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library (November 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712347992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712347990

Although there are catalogues of individual maps in The British Library, up to now there has been no thorough listing of the maps in the Library’s large collection of atlases, including the general works of geography, history, and travel which contain nine or more maps. As to be expected, English material predominates, but the Library’s holdings of Dutch, French, and German atlases are substantial, and there are also many atlases from other European countries, as well as those of Arabic, Persian, and Oriental origin. Over 100 atlases are composite in nature, often preserving rare material not found elsewhere. Details of atlas publication, provenance, colour, and binding are provided together with itemisation of each map, cross references, and scholarly source material.