Where to Find More Information about Antique Maps

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Antique Maps, by Carl Moreland and David Bannister
A great general reference book. Includes a wealth of information on the history of map making. Separate chapters focus on individual nationalities and include short biographies and abridged map lists for hundreds of mapmakers.

Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations, by Vincent Virga and The Library of Congress
A beautiful, richly-illustrated book containing a wide selection of maps from the Library of Congress. Accompanying text provides fascinating commentary exploring the intersection between maps and historical and scientific developments.

The History of Cartography, J. B. Harley and David Woodward, editors
A six-volume, eight-book project covering pre-history to the present, this publication promises to be the most comprehensive source available for the history of cartography.

Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of Cartography, by Ralph E. Ehrenberg
Presents a selection of about 100 interesting and historically-significant maps from 600 B.C. to the present. Each map is accompanied by explanatory text.

The Mapping of America, by Seymour I. Schwartz and Ralph E. Ehrenberg
Covers the history of the mapping of the North American continent from 1500 through the present. Charts the progress of exploration, colonization and expansion of the United States with hundreds of maps.

The Mapping of the World: Early Printed World Maps, 1472-1700, by Rodney Shirley
The reference for early world maps. Contains information on every world map printed before 1700.

Maps and Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society, by Norman J. W. Thrower
A short introduction to the history of cartography, focusing on the various uses and functions of maps from antiquity to the present.

Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, James R. Akerman and Robert W, Karrow, Jr, editors
Covers the role of maps throughout history, and providing along the way a cultural and historical survey of our understanding of our place in the world.

The Mismapping of America, by Seymour I. Schwartz
A great survey of all the mistakes made by explorers and cartographers throughout the history of mapping North America, including such things as the belief that California was an island.

Web Sites

Assessing the Value of an Antique Map

A useful resource with information on how to find the value of original antique maps.

A Guide to Recent Trends in the History of Cartography

A comprehensive bibliography of resources on the history of cartography for those who want to dig deeper into the subject.

History of Cartography

The article on the history of cartography from Wikipedia.

Map History/History of Cartography

The best gateway on the web to information about the history of maps and map making. Maintained by Tony Campbell, retired map librarian from the British Library in London.

List of Dealers in Antiquarian Maps

The most comprehensive list on the Internet of antique map dealers from around the world, currently containing over 400 dealers.

Map Societies