Thursday, August 16, 2012

Antique Cartography

Archival reproductions from Blue Monocle. In my opinion, nearly all maps are greatly improved by the presence of sea monsters.

From the top: Nouvelle Decouverte de Plusieurs Nations dans la Nouvelle France en L'Année 1673 et 1674 (ca. 1896); Indiae Orientalis, Insularumque Adiacientium Typus (1570); Leo Belgicus (1611); Survey of London, Westminster, and Southwark (1700); Septentrionalium Regionum Descriptio (1570); Genoese World Map (ca. 1450); Map of Linguistic Stocks of American Indians (1880).


Missy said...

haha I couldn't agree more! That's so brilliant, there should be sea monsters on our Rand McNallys.
I love cartography and old maps so much, if you are into it, there's a really fantastic book that traces the development of maps and their conceptualization from Marco Polo up to the appearance of North America. It might sound a little bit niche-y but if you like history and maps you will love it - it's called The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester.

I will definitely check out these reproductions : )

Liza said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Missy! I love that type of thing (design through history), so it sounds like The Fourth Part of the World will be right up my alley.

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