Antique Collector - Antique Maps and Atlases


One problem in creating maps is the simple reality that the surface of the Earth, a curved surface in three-dimensional space, must be represented in two dimensions as a flat surface. This necessarily entails some degree of distortion, which can be dealt with by utilizing projections that minimize distortion in certain areas. Furthermore, the Earth is not a regular sphere, but its shape is instead known as a geoid, which is a highly irregular.
Maps of all scales have traditionally been drawn and made by hand, but the recent advent and spread of computers has revolutionized cartography.
The Greenwich prime meridian became the international standard reference for cartographers in 1884. During the 1900s, maps became more abundant due to improvements in printing and photography that made production cheaper and easier. Airplanes made it possible to photograph large areas at a time. Also, since the mid-1990s, the use of computers in map-making has helped to store, sort, and arrange data for mapping in order to create map projections.


Antique Atlases and Maps



Atlas Maior of 1665
by Joan Blaeu & Peter Van Der Krogt
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The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Johann Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Major, completed in 1662. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 593 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, whose rivalry inspired Blaeu to produce a grandiose edition of the largest and most complete atlas to date.


Atlas Maior of 1665: Germania, Austria et Helvetia by Joan Blaeu, Peter Van Der Krogt
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This work contains maps of Germany, Austria and Switzerland from Joan Blaeu's exquisite world atlas of 1665. "The Atlas Maior", the cartographical masterpiece of the Baroque period, was brought out between 1662 and 1665 by the Amsterdam publisher Joan Blaeu. The atlas comprised 594 maps in 11 volumes, which depicted the whole of the world as known to early modern Europe.



This work contains maps of England, Ireland, and Scotland from Joan Blaeu's exquisite world atlas of 1665. For more than 100 years, "The Atlas Maior" remained the definitive atlas of the world, and today is among the most sought-after and valuable antiquarian rarities. This reprinted edition in six volumes is based on the hand-colored, gold-heightened copy in the "Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek" in Vienna.


Atlas Maior of 1665: Anglia,Scotia Et Hibernia
J Blaeu, P Van Der Krogt
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Like all great historic cities, London appears to us solid and unchanging. We feel that we can still explore the London of Dickens, Dr. Johnson, Defoe, Wren and even Shakespeare. The very names St Paul's, Smithfield, Charing Cross, St James's, seem to link us with those past eras. But this is an illusion, for throughout its long history London has been changing and evolving.


London: A Life in Maps (Paperback)
by Peter Whitfield
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Antique Maps: A Collector's Guide
Carl Moreland
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This is a standard reference work, incorporating a general historical background, methods of map making, practical advice on collecting old maps and a list of the major map makers. Organized country by country, it refers to over 600 cartographers active between 1450 and 1850.


Antique Maps: From the Vatican Collection
1290-1700
Don Wigal
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Richly illustrated with full-color artwork and maps, this informative look at cartographic history explores the use of maps during the age of exploration, focusing especially on the late thirteenth century through the seventeenth century, explaining how maps were used in navigation, how they were created, the art of map-making, and more.



Product details
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd; 5Rev Ed edition (1 Oct 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0747803072
ISBN-13: 978-0747803072
Dimensions: 17.7 x 11.4 x 0.9 cm



Discovering Antique Maps
by Alan G. Hodgkiss
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5 Star



Product details
Hardcover: 100 pages
Publisher: teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co KG; Egmt edition (15 Jul 2007)
Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
ISBN-10: 3832723080
ISBN-13: 978-3832723088
Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.2 x 2 cm


2008 Antique Maps Large Magneto Diary
teNeues Publishing Ltd
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