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.

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