World Maps

Categories: Atlases & Maps, Web Archives: Links To & Samples From Other Internet Collections
Written By: John

Collected from my own atlases and maps, others that have been shared with me, and from various online collections, these are available together in one album for ease of browsing and comparison, both here and at Alamy.  Most original scans are in TIFF or other archival format, and I have cleaned them up extensively and converted them for easy use into JPEG format.

The images here on OBA are free and sufficient for most web purposes.  To license much larger images of these and/or similar world maps for editorial or other purposes go to:  www.alamy.com/lbx.asp?1087656

Each map image below leads to the OBA gallery page for that map.  The main OBA album is HERE.

Noua, et Integra Uniuersi Orbis Descriptio, Oronce Fine 1531

Oronce Fine, 1531, Noua, et Integra Uniuersi Orbis Descriptio

A very interesting double hemisphere with polar projections. Terra Australis dominates the south pole, while the Americas are very undefined.

Universale Descrittione di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui, Fernando Bertelli 1565

Fernando Bertelli, 1565, Universale Descrittione di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui

Two wind heads adorn the upper corners. The continental edges are jagged and undefined, and North America is shown as almost wholly contiguous with Asia. Sea monsters and ships roam the oceans.

Vera Totius Expeditionis Nauticæ, With Routes of Sir Francis Drake and Thomas Cavendish, Jodocus Hondius 1595

Jodocus Hondius, 1595, Vera Totius Expeditionis Nauticæ, With Routes of Sir Francis Drake and Thomas Cavendish

Decorative details, insets, ships, windheads and other great images adorn the margins of this double hemisphere map.

Noua Orbis Terrarum: Delineatio Singulari Ratione Accommodata meridiano tabb

Philipp Eckebrecht, 1630, Noua Orbis Terrarum: Delineatio Singulari Ratione Accommodata meridiano tabb

A large crowned double-headed eagle is the backdrop for this interesting map. The African/European Hemisphere sits in the middle, with the American/Pacific hemisphere split in two.

Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula

Frederick de Wit, 1660, Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula

Very colorful borders and decoration make this a beautiful map. Gods and charts of the heavens and zodiacal images line the top margin, while insets of the poles and nature scenes line the bottom. All over, grapes and vines hang in the spaces and margins. California is an island and Australia (New Holland) is not even a full outline.

Joan Blaeu, 1664, Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

Joan Blaeu, 1664, Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula

People and beasts line the bottom while the heavens and gods stretch above this double-hemisphere. California is an island and Australia (New Holland) is not even a full outline.

Guillaume de LIsle, 1690, Mappa Totius Mundi Adornata juxta Observationes Dnn. Academiæ Regalis Scientiarum et nonnullorum aliorum, secundum annotationes

Guillaume de L’Isle, 1690, Mappa Totius Mundi Adornata juxta Observationes Dnn. Academiæ Regalis Scientiarum et nonnullorum aliorum, secundum annotationes recentissimas

Insets of the poles and a decorative cartouche adorn the top of this double hemisphere. North America just sort of stops at a random meridian.

Nicolao Visscher, 1690 (circa), Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula

Nicolao Visscher, 1690 (circa), Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula

Beautiful dark images of gods and angels adorn the corners, with polar projections set between eh hemispheres. California is an island and Australia (New Holland) is very ill defined.

Alexis Hubert Jaillot, 1694, Nova Orbis Tabula, ad usum serenissimi Burgundiæ Ducis

Alexis Hubert Jaillot, 1694, Nova Orbis Tabula, ad usum serenissimi Burgundiæ Ducis

Nicely colored with detailed scenes around the margins. California and Australia (New Holland) show the usual errors for the period.

George Willdey, 1702, A New and Correct Map of the World, Laid down according to the Newest Observations & Discoveries In several different Projections

George Willdey, 1702, A New and Correct Map of the World, Laid down according to the Newest Observations & Discoveries In several different Projections: Including ye Trade Winds Monsoons Variation of the Compass, and Illustrated with a Coelestial Planisphere, the various systems of Ptolomy, Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe.  Together with ye Apearances of the Planets &c.

Lots of insets and details make this a useful periods map. Many maps and charts of the heavens and constellations also are along the margins.

Jean Baptiste Nolin, 1708, Le Globe Terrestre Représenté en Deux Plans-Hémisphères: dressé sur la projection de Mr. de la Hyre de lAcadémie Royale des Sc

Jean Baptiste Nolin, 1708, Le Globe Terrestre Représenté en Deux Plans-Hémisphères: dressé sur la projection de Mr. de la Hyre de l’Académie Royale des Sciences, et sur plusieurs routiers et mémoires des plus habiles pilotes et savans voyageurs le tout rectifié et calculé selon les dernières observations, et dédié à Mgr. l’Abbé Bignon, conseiller d’état ordinaire / par son très humble et très obéissant serviteur I. B. Nolin, géographe ordinaire du Roi ; le Sr. Bocquet, pientre, a inventé et gravé les subjets qui accompagne ce planisphère

Each hemisphere is supported by two struggling figures. This, along with the very nice backdrop of stars and celestial figures makes this a wonderful map. A lot of details and insets along the upper edge as well.

Johann Baptist Homann, 1716, Planiglobii terrestris cum utroq hemisphærio cælesti generalis repræsentatio

Johann Baptist Homann, 1716, Planiglobii terrestris cum utroq hemisphærio cælesti generalis repræsentatio

A very colorful map. Celestial maps are inset. Windheads, astronomical and terrestrial scenes, and other details form the backdrop. Some text in Latin.

Guillaume de LIsle, 1720, Mappemonde a lusage du roy

Guillaume de L’Isle, 1720, Mappemonde a l’usage du roy

Nice, basic contrasting colors and a sparse background make this a pretty little map.

Carington Bowles, 1780, Bowless New and Accurate Map of the World, or Terrestrial Globe: laid down from the best observations and newest discoveries pa

Carington Bowles, 1780, Bowles’s New and Accurate Map of the World, or Terrestrial Globe: laid down from the best observations and newest discoveries particularly those lately made in the south seas by Anson, Byron, Wallis, Bouganville, Cook, and other celebrated circumnavigators, illustrated with a variety of useful projections and representations of the heavenly bodies the most approved astronomical and geographical definitions tables, and problems with an easy and familiar explanation of the most curious and interesting phoenomena in the universal system

Intricately designed and exhaustively detailed, this map packs as much contemporary information about the cosmos as the cartographer could manage. Celestial maps of the constellations, a map of the moon, paths of the comets, an explanation of the seasons, and much more.

William Faden, 1786, Western New World or Hemisphere. Eastern Old World or Hemisphere. With Captain Cooks Voyages

William Faden, 1786, Western New World or Hemisphere. Eastern Old World or Hemisphere. With Captain Cook’s Voyages

Published as two sheets, I have edited them to join them as one.

Thomas Kitchen, 1799, A New Map of the World

Thomas Kitchen, 1799, A New Map of the World

Nicely colored with good detail. Nice margin details of the solar system and planets.

Robert Laurie and James Whittle, 1808, A New Map of The World, with Captain Cooks Tracks, His Discoveries, and those of the Other Circumnavigators, from: A new and el

Robert Laurie and James Whittle, 1808, A New Map of The World, with Captain Cook’s Tracks, His Discoveries, and those of the Other Circumnavigators, from: A new and elegant imperial sheet atlas, comprehending general and particular maps of every part of the world : principally compiled from the great French atlas, and others of the most distinguished geographers in Europe, forming the completest collection of single sheet maps hitherto published and rendered particularly convenient by opening without folds.

A beautiful double-hemisphere map with elaborate border decorations and cartouches. Palm trees adorn the upper corners and laurel leaves are on the center bottom.

Munster, 1560, Typus Orbis Universalis

Sebastian Munster, 1560, Typus Orbis Universalis

Available in larger format than many others.

1914 Japanese World Map

1914 Japanese World Map

Available in very large format.

4 Responses to “World Maps”

  1. Stefan Munster Says:

    Hi

    I am looking for Le Globbe Terrestre en Deux -Hemispheres: dresse sur la projection de Mr. de la Hyre de l’Academie Royale des Sc (World Map No. 11)as a detailed a scan file as possible. I have this map in large format as a puzzle hanging above my dining room table. However it is too large to take on board our yacht. I have always wanted to do a circumnavigation and plot the course on this map.

    Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

    Regards
    Stefan

  2. admin Says:

    Stefan,

    I know I have a large format jpeg somewhere, but I do not know how easy it will be for me to find as I think it is in remote storage somewhere. Unfortunately, I added the image to OldBookArt a while ago, prior to having the ability to load larger images. I will try to dig it up.

    In the meantime, I do have it for sale based on the larger 6782px × 5200px image in my Zazzle gallery. This can be ordered as a basic print in 5 sizes, from 14″ x 11″ to 68″ x 52″ in size. The print quality there is good if you decide to go this route.

    I have put a couple of link types below to be sure I get one that works.

    Good Luck. I will email you if I dig up or can recreate a larger jpeg.

    – John

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  4. Daan Human Says:

    Hi

    Against my wall I have a “Le Globe Terrestre” Puzzle.

    – Size 1.07m by 1.59m. (As it is in a frame and the frame on the sides cover the sides of the puzzle +- 0.4cm this is an approximate size only)
    – It is in a very good condition.
    – It is covered with a glass.
    – At the back of the frame the wooden cover had been sealed/secured with a kind of brown paper strip to the frame.
    – I cannot see if there is a signature, number or any identification on the piece, front or back.

    I searched the Internet and could not find the exact one anywhere. Those I could find which had been posted only have the 6 round circles or two more than mine and a written portion at the bottom.

    The one in my possession does have eight of these round circles (8 at the top) with pictures and inscriptions as well as three of these pictures and inscriptions on both sides.

    I took a photo of it to give you some indication on how it look like but cannot post it on your website.

    Please assist so I can understand if this is a meaning full object and/ or worth anything.

    Thank you

    Daan (South Africa)

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