Maps of the Whole World 15th to the 19th centuries

A unique suite of historic maps of the World showing the development of geographic and cartographic knowledge through 5 centuries. The maps were produced in different formats and projections. There are examples of maps by many of the most famous mapmakers including Mercator, Ortelius, Speed, Homan, Jaillot, de Fer and de L’Isle and two versions of the famous World map based on the work of Ptolomy around 100AD. There are also charts by Colom and van Keulan and astronomical and astrological maps.

Many maps display significant aesthetic and artistic qualities. The decoration embellishing the maps are of very high quality. Many maps may be considered as works of art.

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