September 7, 2019 - 33,458 New Maps Added

33,454  new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection since the last update post on April 4, 2015. This brings the online collection to 92,478 maps and related images. Highlights in this addition are over 2,000 Pictorial Maps; the Claes Janszoon Visscher 1611 Leo Belgicus map;  the 1570 and 1608 editions of the Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; a massive group of German Invasion plans for England, Wales, and Ireland in WW II; 1682 Map of the areas around Mexico City; 2 important early atlases of Swiss Topography; Seutter's 1744 Atlas Minor; Harriet E. Baker's extraordinary 1819 Book of Penmanship; 1886 Imperial Federation Map of the British Empire; Henry Wellge's beautiful panoramic view of Yellowstone National Park 1904; a 1912 wall map of rebuilt San Francisco, The Exposition City; Perry's extraordinary mining map of West Kootenay, 1893; Harry Beck's groundbreaking London Underground map 1933 along with Moholy-Nagy's nod to Beck in his 1937 Imperial Airways Map; 3 Atlases by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; Landform maps by Irwin Raisz; Bertelli's 1568 World Map; a group of Timelines and an unusual map of Evolution by the author of the Histomap.  All titles may be found by clicking on the View links or images below.  Or click here to view all 15,342 new maps and images.

Novissima, et Accuratissima Leonis Belgici, Seu Septemdecim Regionum Descriptio. 1611
Visscher, Claes Janszoon, Amsterdam
The second state of printing of this map, without Visscher's address. This map is considered one of the finest map engravings of the 17th century (Van de Heijden) and it celebrates the Twelve Years' Truce (1609-1621) between Spain and the Netherlands. There are many references and symbols of the peace in the map - as such, it is one of the earliest propaganda maps. The theme of the low countries (Belgium and the Netherlands today) as a lion appears on several maps of the period and this sitting lion is considered one of the finest examples. The date is estimated, but sometime between 1611 and 1621.  View Map

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. 1570
Ortelius, Abraham, Antwerp
First edition of the first atlas of the world. From Koeman: "The unique position held by Ortelius' Theatrum in the history of cartography is to be attributed primarily to its qualification as 'the world's first regularly produced atlas.' Its great commercial success 'enabled it to make so great a contribution to geographical culture throughout Europe in the later 16th century.' (Skelton)... The characteristic feature of the Theatrum is, that it consists of two elements, forming a unitary whole: text and maps. This concept for a "Theatre of the world" was followed through the 17th century. Before Ortelius, no one and done this and thus, the chorus of praise which arose as a result of this - and the excellent text - was far from slight... Another important aspect of the Theatrum is that it was the first undertaking of its kind to reduce the best available maps to a uniform format. To that end, maps of various formats and styles had to be generalized just like the modern atlas-publisher of today would do. In selecting maps for his compilation, Ortelius was guided by his critical spirit and his encyclopaedic knowledge of maps." Van der Krogt lists 37 editions, with the last edition published in 1641, long after Ortelius' death in 1598. Uncolored. Text in Latin.
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Universale Descrittione Di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui. 1568
Bertelli, Donato; Forlani, Paolo; Gastaldi, Giacomo, Venice
"Generally considered to be the rarest of the so-called Forlani series of World maps, Donato Bertelli's map is drawn from Paolo Forlan's World map of 1565 (Forlani 3), which in turn is based upon Giacomo Gastaldi's 1546 prototype world map and Forlani's earlier world map of 1560. The map is extremely rare. Forlani has populated the unknown southern land mass with imaginary topographical features as well as unlikely animals - among them a camel, an elephant, a lion, a rhinoceros and most outlandish, a griffin and a unicorn. This feature is faithfully copied by Bertelli.  North America is still shown joined to Asia, separated by the "Golfo di Tonzo," with Japan at its center. Bertelli's large world map was published in 1568, two years after Venice would reach what David Woodward calls the "zenith of map engraving." (Ruderman) The map is highly decorative, featuring two cherubs in the top corners blowing the winds. Other embellishments include: numerous sea monsters, a nude figure riding a large sea creature, nine sailing vessels, and varied land animals.   View Map


Theatro Del Mondo Di Abrahamo Ortelio: Da lui poco inanzi la sua morte riveduto, & di tavole nuove, et commenti adorno, & arricchito con la vita dell'Autore. Traslato in Lingua Toscana dal Sigr. Filippo Pigafetta. In Anversa, Appresso Giovanni Bapta. Vrintio, M.DC.VIII. 1608
Ortelius, Abraham; Vrients, Jan Baptista, Antwerp
Only one other copy of this atlas is located in Worldcat. It appears to have been produced in limited numbers for banks and businesses. Sheets dated from 1908 to 1919. Most of the sheets say "Reproduced by the Photo-metal Process at the Survey Department, Egypt." We assume the the British Ordnance Survey had some role in the design of these sheets, given the similarity to the Ordnance Survey sheets of Great Britain made in the same time period and the British influence on the administration of Egypt since the building of the Suez canal. Not all sheets in the key sheet are included in this set - some sheets were not yet ready and others may have been left out because they only showed the desert area. The post binding allowed for updating and adding new sheets. The seven sheets of the Kharga Oasis (204-214) were likely added later. Many of the maps have been trimmed at the top and bottom borders to fit into the binding. The maps show the soon to fade Ottoman influences on the Egyptian landscape."
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