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(These sites often have an unthemed selection of 'interesting' maps or 'treasures. For those that concentrate on an area or theme select from the Main Menu and for those known to have more than 300 images see Large general sites)

This is the only comprehensive listing of early map image sites. The monthly additions are indicated thus, e.g. {March 2002} at the end of the entry. Since the symbols { } are not used elsewhere, you can search on those elements [enter Ctrl+F]; e.g. 2002} will find entries added at any time in that year)

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  • Ancestry.com. 'Map Center' ('several hundred historical maps from all areas of the world' - however, the great majority are historical maps (later reconstructions) - high res. via successive enlargements - accessible via general and regional geographical indexes, a city index, and subject categories [e.g. emigration, ethnic/religious, military, land ownership]) {November, 2001}
  • 'Atlases: Poetics, Politics and Performance' (an online exhibition arranged in four sections: Renaissance Theatres, the Rhetoric of Truth, the Colonial Gaze, National Identities and Conflict; an educational site with images enlageable to high res. and a good bibliography - Special Collections and the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol) {May, 2013}
  • 'Cartes anciennes diverses' (a selection of maps and charts, viewable in high res. via the 'Taille' link [most of the enlargement options beneath the thumbnail do not work]; part of the larger Coin des Cartes Anciennes - reproduced under licence from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gallica) by Jacques Zan) {November, 2005}
  • 'Deutsche Schutzgebiete die ehemaligen Kolonien des Deutschen Reichs' (see Historische Landkarten for a number of high res. German maps for the period 1871-1918, covering the Habsburg Empire and its overseas territories - some of the text also available in English) {July, 2002}
  • Flickr. 'Old Maps. Group Photo Pool' (a small but growing body of images posted, presumably in varying resolution, by members of Flickr's 'Old Map Group'; you can search for an area + "old map") {September, 2006}
  • Geographical Journal. 'Maps from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London' (an almost complete set, 1831-80, enlargeable to high res. - Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin) {November, 2015}
  • ‘The Global Eye: Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese Maps in the Collections of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici’ (leading to 78 17th-century MS maps, mostly by Johannes Vingboons covering the West Indies, Africa and Asia; click the ‘I’ button for links to the accompanying essays) {January, 2020}
  • ’Hipkiss’ Scanned Old Maps’ (select ‘Book Titles’, choose from ‘Categories’, or click on ‘List all maps’ for thumbnails for all 145 maps (mid-19th century onwards), enlargeable to high res., mostly comprising Bible maps, Switzerland, London and the 1914 and 1919 issues of the RGS Geographical Journal - Jonathan Hipkiss) {March, 2005}
  • 'Historic Maps' (medium res. images of commercial facsimiles of several hundred maps and panoramas from different parts of the world (particularly Germany and neighbouring countries), mostly mid-19th century) {March, 2004}
  • ‘Historical-Geographical Encyclopedia of the World (1880-1898): Historical Maps’ (a single alphabetical index leads to high res. images of late 19th century maps of countries (47) and cities (88) [mostly European] - Hanno Kolbe, Hic Leones) {February, 2005}
  • Joris van Spilbergen, Oost ende West-Indische spieghel (the complete text, including the voyages of Jacob Le Maire, with fairly high res. images of the maps - Universitätsbibliothek Bielefeld) {July, 2005}
  • MapHist List illustrations page (maintained by Peter van der Krogt, with over 50 illlustrations sent in by subscribers, sometimes for identification, in varying resolutions)
  • + ' Mapping New Worlds: The Cartography of European Exploration and Colonization, 1450-1750' (a series of illustrated notes on the different continents; clicking on the image leads to a medium res. enlargement - online version of an exhibition held in the Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College in 2005) {September, 2007}
  • Monumenta Cartographica (including most of the contents of the H.P. Kraus Ccatalogue 124, on which see the announcement - Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin) {October, 2012}
  • 'Moving Here: 200 years of migration to England' (searching for 'map' produced about 75 hits (not all of which were relevant), mostly relating to the Caribbean, Ireland and the Jewish community, enlargeable high res. maps in pdf format - a consortium of 30 UK institutions, funded by the New Opportunities Fund) {August, 2003}
  • 'National Geographic Maps: the Classic Collection' (medium res. images of posters for sale of the supplement maps from the National Geographic Magazine (1880s-1990s), covering all regions of the world and the heavens) {December, 2006}
  • + 'Netherlandic Treasures' (the 'Maps & Voyages' section of the exhibition includes a number of map thumbnails whose links do not work; but the 11 assorted early maps can be seen in very high res. here - University of Michigan Special Collections Library, 2003) {April, 2006}
  • Nuremberg Chronicle (click on 'images' for high res. scans of 'Cities, Provinces, Countries, and Kingdoms' (two uncoloured maps and 35 coloured town views); with associated texts - Morse Library, Beloit College) {October, 2007}
  • ’Theatre of curious maps: 600AD - 2021’ (‘The world in 75 curious maps’ – a teaching resource) {May, 2021}
  • Tomasz Niewodniczanski. 'Dantiscum Emporium Totius Europæ Celeberrimum' (a selection of maps [including MSS and rare printed material], in low to medium res., mostly relating to Europe, with an emphasis on Poland - an exhibition from the Niewodniczanski collection, in Gdansk, 2004-2005) {May, 2005}
  • VINGBOONS, Johannes (312 maps, charts and views, mostly of Africa, America and Asia, c.1665, enlargeable to very high res. - Atlas of Mutual Heritage) {September, 2008}
  • 'Vor 500 Jahren: Die Wiedergeburt der Kartographie' (8 small images, illustrating an article in German by Thomas Klöti, from Unipress: Forschung und Wissenschaft an der Universität Bern 104, April 2000) {February, 2002}
  • ‘The Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection’ (featuring over 2500 of the prints of Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677), with associated texts; the Geography & Maps section contains 17 ‘maps’ and 351 ‘plans and views’ by Hollar, of various parts of the world; clicking on the right-hand icon takes you into zoomify and very high res. - Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto) {April, 2007}
  • Wikimedia Commons (select "By type": 'maps' (those over 70 years old are included in the 'Wikimedia Atlas' (which click on), leading to a random, but categorised collection of images supplied by users, presumably at varying resolution; or search for 'old maps') {October, 2007; updated January 2008}

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