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With very few exceptions maps were first printed in the second half of the 15th century. Those in the Rudimentum novitiarum published at Lubeck in 1475 are from woodcuts, while the maps in the first two editions of Ptolemy published in Italy in 1472 are from copper plates. Wood engraving kept its ground for a considerable period, especially in Germany, but copper in the end supplanted it, and owing to the beauty and clearness of the maps produced.

Other types of old maps include portolan charts which were mostly made by the Portuguese, Spanish and French and used as practical navigation charts.

Our comprehensive collection of maps is now available below.

Image Name
A Svmmarie and Trve Discovrse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian Voyage - Bird's Eye Battle Plan View of Santo Domingo (1589)
Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America - A Plan of Captain Carver's Travels in the Interior Parts of North America (1781)
American Scenery Vol. II - The North-Eastern Part of the United States (1840)
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea - A Chart of the Discoveries and Route of the Northern Land Expedition (1823)
Palestine Illustrated - Modern Palestine (1888)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Sketch Map ... showing the Faults of the Grand Canon District. (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part IV. South-Eastern Sheet] (1882)
Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition Vol. 2 - Map of the Country from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean (1860)
Arctic Exploration with an Account of Nicholas of Lynn - Mercator's Map of the World A.D. 1569 (1881)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Carte des Terres Australes (1757)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map Showing the South-Western Portion of the Mesozoic Terraces (1882)
Sketches From Many Shores Visited by H.M.S. Challenger - Chart Showing the Track of H.M.S. "Challenger" (1872-1876) (1878)
The Gate of the Pacific - Map of Central America (1863)
A Series of Eight Sketches in Colour of the Voyage of H.M.S. Investigator - Chart of the Northwest Passage Showing the Route of the Investigator (1854)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Colorado Plateau and San Francisco Mountains (1882)
The Barents Relics Recovered in the Summer of 1876 by C. L. W. Gardiner - Map of Novaya Zemlya and the Kara Sea Showing the Track of Mr. Chas L. W. Gardiner's Yacht Glowworm (1877)
History of the Viceroyalty of Buenos Ayres - Map of the Viceroyalty of Buenos Ayres, with the Surrounding States (1807)
Travels in Brazil - Map of the Route (1816)
Palestine Illustrated - The City of Jerusalem (Modern) (1888)
From Everglade to Canon with the Second Dragoons - Battlefields, Marches and Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Cavalry (1875)
Columbus and Columbia - Panoramic View of the Columbian Exchange (1892)
Observations on the Neilgherries - Plan of the Compounds in the Cantonment of Ootacamund [1834] (1834)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 - Chart of Beering's Straits (1821)
Head-Hunters of Borneo - South East Borneo (1882)
Account of a Voyage of discovery to the West Coast of Corea - Chart of the Gulf of Pee-Chee-Lee (1818)
Vom Tropischen Tieflande zum Ewigen Schnee - Routenkarte von a Goering's Reisen in Venezuela (1892)
Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission Vol. 1 - Map of China (1859)
A Whaling Cruise to Baffin's Bay and the Gulf of Boothia - Map Illustrating Capt. A. H. Markham's Voyage in the Arctic - 1873 (1874)
Voyage en Perse Vol. 2 - Carte de la Perse Pour le Voyage du Colonel G Dourville 1819 (1825)
Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal Vol. 2 - Map of Kashmir to Illustrate Routes (1887)
Columbus and Columbia - Map of Chicago (1892)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Etnografica (1885)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 - Chart of the Caroline Islands [II] (1821)
Historical Researches on the Conquest of Peru, Mexico - The World on Mercator's Projection (1827)
Aves Hawaiienses : the Birds of the Sandwich Islands - Map of the Hawaiian Islands (1890)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Carte de la partie de l'ocean (1757)
Atlantis, die Urheimat der Arier - World Map with Atlantis (1922)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Vias de Comunicacion y Movimiento Maritimo (1885)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Carte physique de la Grande mer (1757)
Travels in the Island of Iceland - Map of the Southwest Coast of Iceland (1811)
The Last of the Arctic Voyages Vol. 1 - Plan of the Port of Lievely, Greenland (1855)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part III. South-Western Sheet] (1882)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Historica y Arqueologica (1885)
Cuzco: a Journey to the Ancient Capital of Peru - A Map of Peru (1856)
Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains Vol. 1 - Map of the Country Drained by the Mississippi (1823)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 5 (1873)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Minera (1885)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 4 (1873)
Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal Vol. 1 - The Territories of the Maharaja of Jummoo and Kashmir (1887)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geological Map of the Western Part of Plateau Province (1882)
The Panama Canal - Birds-Eye View of the Panama Canal (1913)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Instruccion Publica (1885)
Description of Summer and Winter Views of the Polar Regions - View of the Polar Regions (1850)
A Diary of the Wreck of His Majesty's Ship Challenger - Molguilla Beach Showing the Wreck of the H.M.S. Challenger (1836)
Itineraire Pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson Atlas - Carte pour servir a l'Iteneraire Pittoresque de Fleuve de Hudson (1828)
Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula Vol. 1 - Map of the River Moisie and Adjoining Country (1863)
Our Journey Around the World - Map of the World Showing Francis E. Clarks' Journey (1894)
A Svmmarie and Trve Discovrse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian Voyage - Bird's Eye Battle Plan View of Cartagena (1589)
A Svmmarie and Trve Discovrse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian Voyage - Bird's Eye Battle Plan View of St. Augustine (1589)
Arctic Tides - Cotidal Lines for the Arctic Regions (1911)
Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition Vol. 2 - Geological Profiles of Routes Along the Expedition (1860)
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 1 - A Map of Suriname (1796)
A Two Years Cruise off Tierra del Fuego Vol. 2 - Chart of the Coast of Patagonia, the Falkland Islands and Tierra del Fuego (1857)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Reyno de la Nueva Expana a Principios del Siglo XIX (1885)
American Scenery Vol. I - The North-Eastern Part of the United States (1840)
Map of the British Empire in America - A Map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish Settlements adjacent thereto. by Henry Popple. (1746)
A Voyage to Cochinchina - View of the Land Round the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro (1806)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part II. North-Eastern Sheet] (1882)
Highlands and Islands of the Adriatic - Plan of Spalato (1849)
The North Pole - North Pole Regions (1910)
Ancient Mining on the Shores of Lake Superior - Outline Map Showing he Position of the Ancient Mine Pits of Keweenaw Point (1863)
A Voyage to Cochinchina - A Chart of the Southern Extremity of Africa (1806)
History of the Recent Discoveries at Cyrene - Cyrenaica Corrected from the Surveys of Capt's Smyth, Beechy and Spratt (1864)
Six Months in Ascension - Island of Ascension (1878)
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea - Route of the Expedition from York Factory to Cumberland House (1823)
A Journey through Albania, and other Provinces of Turkey - Map of Albania (1813)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 7 (1873)
Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America - Outline Map of Central America (1844)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Planisphere physique, ou l'on voit du pole septentrional ce que l'on connoit de terres et de mers (1757)
Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal Vol. 1 - City and Environs of Srinagar in Kashmir (1887)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Mesozoic Terraces of the Grand Canon District (1882)
Account of a Voyage of discovery to the West Coast of Corea - Napakiang Roads (1818)
A Wonderland of the East - Map of Vermont and New Hampshire (1920)
Naples and the Campagna Felice - Map of the Island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples (1815)
The Canary Islands, Painted and Described - Sketch Map of the Canary Islands (1911)
The Last of the Arctic Voyages Vol. 1 - Chart of the Discoveries in the Arctic Sea from Behring Strait to Baffins Bay 1819-1854 (1855)
Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission Vol. 2 - Empire of Japan (1859)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 6 (1873)
Six Months Residence and Travels in Mexico - A Plan of the City of Mexico by Lt. Col. Don Diego Garcia - AD 1793 (1824)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Politica (1885)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Profil ou coupe des differens fonds du Canal de la Manche (1757)
Stanley's Story - Map of Equatorial Africa (1890)
A Two Years Cruise off Tierra del Fuego Vol. 1 - Plan of Banner Cove, Picton Island, Tierra del Fuego (1857)
Shores of the Polar Sea - Sketch Map of the Expedition (1878)
Journal of a Visit to South Africa - The Southern Divisions of the Cape of Good Hope Colony (1818)
Narrative of a Ten Years Residence at Tripoli in Africa - Map of the Regencies of Tripoly and Tunis (1816)
Six Months Residence and Travels in Mexico - Ancient Mexico from the original map made by order of Montezuma for Cortes (1824)
Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula Vol. 2 - Map of the Peninsula of Labrador (1863)
A Voyage to Africa - North and South-West Africa Showing the Course of the Niger (1821)
The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 3 & 4 - Map to Illustrate Mr. Robert's Route (1855)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic map sheets XX-XXIII [Composite] (1882)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 9 (1873)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Coupe de la ville de Paris (1757)
Account of a Voyage of discovery to the West Coast of Corea - Port Melville (1818)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [South Half] (1882)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 8 (1873)
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea - Route of the Expedition from Isle a la Cross to Fort Providence (1823)
Narrative of the Voyage of H.M. Floating Dock
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea - An Outline to Shew the Connected Discoveries of Captains Ross, Parry and Franklin (1823)
The Threshold of the Unknown Region - Map of the European Polar Sea (1873)
The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 5 & 6 - Map of the Valley of the Nile (1855)
The Last of the Arctic Voyages Vol. 1 - Plan of Northumberland South, Prince Albert Island (1855)
The Story of Atlantis - Map No. 3 (1896)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [North Half] (1882)
Dahomey As It Is - A Map of Dahomey with Part of Ashanti (1874)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Eclesiastica (1885)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Carte du globe Terrestre (1757)
Account of a Voyage of discovery to the West Coast of Corea - Chart of the Great Loo Choo Island (1818)
Gateways to the Pole - Circumpolar Map Exhibiting the Inter-Oceanic Circulation (1872)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Mexico y Sus Cercanias (1885)
Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission Vol. 2 - Map of the City of Yedo and Vicinity (1859)
Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission Vol. 2 - Map of the Yang-Tse-Kiang or Ta-Kiang (1859)
Cruise Round the World of the Flying Squadron - Map of the Cruise of the Flying Squadron (1871)
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 1 - A Map of Guiana (1796)
History of the Recent Discoveries at Cyrene - Cyrenaica Corrected from the Surveys of Capt's Smyth, Beechy and Spratt (1864)
Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal Vol. 1 - The Dominions of the Nizam of Haidarabad including Berar (1887)
A Tour Through Sicily - Sicily Reduced from a Map Published by Authority at Naples in the Year 1810 (1819)
Philosophisch-historisch-geographische Untersuchungen uber die Insel Helgoland - Karte von Helgoland (1826)
Gateways to the Pole - Map of the World Showing the Principal Surface Currents of the Ocean (1869)
Algiers: Being a Complete Picture of the Barbary States - Map of Barbary (1817)
Journal of a Residence in Colombia Vol. 1 - A Map of Colombia (1825)
Costumes, Moeurs et Usages des Algeriens - Carte de la Regence D'Alger (1837)
Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China - Map of the Route of the British Embassy (I) (1817)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 3 (1873)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Agricola (1885)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 2 (1873)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map Showing the Kanab, Paria and Marble Canon Platforms (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau [Composite] (1882)
Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal Vol. 2 - Sketch Map Showing the Mountain and River Systems of Sikkim (1887)
Travels in the Island of Iceland - Map of Iceland (1811)
The Gate of the Pacific - Map Shewing Lines of Communication via New Transmit Route Through Central America (1863)
A Voyage in the West Indies - Caribbee or Leeward Islands (1820)
The Dutch in the Arctic Seas - Map of the North Polar Region (1878)
From Everglade to Canon with the Second Dragoons - Map of Raids and Battles by the Second Regiment of Cavalry (1875)
Canadian Scenery Illustrated: Volume 1 - Map of Canada (1865)
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 2 - Plan of the Principal Field of Action between the Rivers Cottica and Marawina; with a Sketch of the manner of Encamping in the Woods of Surinam (1796)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Carte des Lieux (1757)
The Ruins of Gour - Topographical Map of Gour (1817)
Account of a Voyage of discovery to the West Coast of Corea - Coast of Corea (1818)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Orografica (1885)
Hunter's Ottawa Scenery - Map of Railroad Routs to the City of Ottawa (1855)
Naples and the Campagna Felice - Map of the Country, Islands, &c in the Vicinity of Naples (1815)
Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal Vol. 2 - Sketch Map to Illustrate the Diaries in Nepal and Sikkim (1887)
Highlands and Islands of the Adriatic - Outlines of the Coast of the Adriatic from Istria to Albania (1849)
Description of a View of the Continent of Boothia - Description of a View of the Continent of Boothia (1843)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part I. North-Western Sheet] (1882)
A Svmmarie and Trve Discovrse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian Voyage - Bird's Eye Battle Plan View of Santiago (1589)
Le Costume Ancien et Moderne [Amerique] Vol. 1 - Carte geografique de L'Amerique (1815)
The Arabian Horse - Map of the Country of the Arabian Horse (1894)
Picturesque Views on the River Niger - A Part of the River Niger & Chadda, Surveyed in 1832-3 (1840)
Ttahuantin-Suyu or the Empire of the Yncas - Ttahuantin-Suyu or the Empire of the Yncas (1880)
Philosophisch-historisch-geographische Untersuchungen uber die Insel Helgoland - Karten von Helgoland im Mittelalter (1826)
The History of Barbados - The Caribee Islands Traced from a Manuscript Chart of the World (1848)
Journal of a Residence in Colombia Vol. 2 - A Map of Colombia (1825)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Carte physique de l'ocean (1757)
Travels in Brazil - Plan of the Port of Pernambuco (1816)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 1 - Carte des Rapides de Khong (1873)
Palestine Illustrated - The Central Ridge of Palestine (1888)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [Composite] (1882)
A Narrative of the Mission to the Court of Ava - This New Map of Burma and the Regions Adjacent is Inscribed to Sir Roderick I. Murchison (1858)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 - Chart of Course Taken by the Rurick (1821)
Album del Ferro-Carril Mexicano - Plano Orografico de la Zona Recorrida por el Ferro-Carril Mexicano de Veracruz a Mexico (1877)
Map of the United States and Yerritories - Map of the United States and Territories (1868)
Visits to High Tartary, Yarkand, and Kashgar - Map of the Route from Leh to Yarkand and Kashgar (1871)
Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe - Map of Exploration and Surveys in New Mexico and Utah (1876)
Gateways to the Pole - Map of the World Showing the Principal Surface Currents of the Ocean (1872)
A Svmmarie and Trve Discovrse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian Voyage - Map of Drake's Voyage Around the World (1589)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Itineraire No. 10 (1873)
Journals Kept in Hyderabad, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Nepal Vol. 1 - Map of India (1887)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Valle De Mexico (1885)
Visits to High Tartary, Yarkand, and Kashgar - Sketch Map of the Country North of India (1871)
Voyage a l'Oasis de Syouah - Carte de l'Oasis de Syouah (1823)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 - Plan of the Group called Romanzoff's Islands (1821)
The Story of Atlantis - Map No. 4 (1896)
A Journey through Albania, and other Provinces of Turkey - Map of the Western Half of the Hellespontine Phrygia (1813)
Historical Researches on the Conquest of Peru, Mexico - Anahuac in the Year 1521 Containing the Empire of Mexico (1827)
Observations on the Neilgherries - Map of the Neelgiries and the Different Approaches to Them [1834] (1834)
Norway and its Glaciers - Map of Norway (1853)
A Journal of Travels into the Arkansa Territory - A Map of the Arkansas River by H.S. Tanner (1821)
The Dead Sea, a New Route to India Vol. 1 - Map of Palestine with Portions of Syria (1855)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 - Chart of the Islands of Radack and Ralick (1821)
Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique ou Naturelle - Carte physique de la mer des Indes (1757)
A Two Years Cruise off Tierra del Fuego Vol. 1 - North Part of West Falkland (1857)
Delineations of Fonthill and its Abbey - Fonthill Domain (1823)
Voyage d'Exploration en Indo-Chine [Atlas-Vol. 2] - Carte Generale de l'Indo-Chine (1873)
A Wonderland of the East - Map of Western Massachusetts and Connecticut (1920)
Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains Vol. 3 - Vertical Section on the Parallel of Latitude 41 Degrees North and 35 Degrees North (1823)
A Narrative of Travels in Northern Africa - Map of a Route through the Regency of Tripoli and Kingdom of Fezzan (1821)
Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America - A New Map of North America from the Latest Discoveries - 1778 (1781)
Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China - Map of the Route of the British Embassy (II) (1817)
Atlas Pintoresco e Historico De Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos - Carta Hydrografica (1885)
Papers and Despatches Relating to the Arctic Searching Expeditions - Polar Chart to Illustrate A. Petermann's Papers on the Arctic Regions (1852)
A Wonderland of the East - Map of Eastern New York (1920)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 - Chart of the Caroline Islands [I] (1821)
Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China - Track of the Barge and Cutter (1817)

References:

1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 17. pg. 633