Maps of The Americas
World Maps & Maps of Polar Regions
Specialised Historical Maps
Reform Act Surveys
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- English Inner County Maps
Mapseeker sell beautiful historic maps of English inner county areas. We also stock town plans and borough surveys. As well as coastal charts within the counties.
- English Coastal County Maps
We sell many English Coastal County Maps created by well known cartographers over the last 4 centuries. Also we have detailed town plans and borough surveys. We provide an invaluable heritage resource with our English Coastal County Maps.
- Maps of Scotland
We sell a collection of coastal surveys, county maps and Scottish town plans, which date back hundreds of years. These maps of Scotland, provide an insight into peoples lives and heritage gone by in Scotland.
- Maps of Wales
The maps of Wales we sell are a collection of maps plans and surveys of Wales and Welsh Counties, Welsh Coastal Charts and Welsh Town Plans. Ortelius published the first printed map of Wales in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Shortly after this, Christopher Saxton's published his Atlas of England and Wales in 1579.
- Maps of Ireland
The older Ptolomaic maps show the British Isles incorrectly as Ireland's shape and position is shown distorted. Later Ptolomy maps were based on Italian sea charts. By this time coastlines were more accurate. Land Survey maps were distorted and remained uncorrected until the 17th century.
- Maps of Major British Cities
The collection of major British city maps we sell date back hundreds of years and provide an important resource to heritage and genealogy enthusiasts. London, has always been the largest city in the Britain, and features in old British maps, however cities like Birmingham and Liverpool do not feature in 1500 and 1600 town plans as they were not within the top 40 Hearth Tax figures back in 1662. Their individual heritage is the key to their growth through history.
- Maps of British Isles
The maps we offer of the British Isles, are early maps and sea charts hundreds of years old. Colourful illustrations can be found on many of them. Some of the best knwon early cartographers from the 1500s and 1600s; have captured the British Isles.
- Maps of Europe
The maps of Europe we sell feature city plans from throughout Europe. These European maps were created by a wide range of cartographers over several centuries.
- Maps of Asia
We a always increasing the maps of Asia that we stock. The maps we stock include China, Japan and India. Drawn on skin and produced in 1375, the Catalan map, by Spanish navigators has information from missionaries. Our first view of Asia's shape and size was produced by Marco Polo's travels.
- Maps of Africa
Mapseeker's African maps collection covers a very large area and time period. The historical maps of Africa we stock were created by many different cartographers over the centuries. Older African maps, like the petroglyph maps, found in the Sahara Desert and Southern Africa, were the 1st printed representations of northern Africa, drawn by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century AD, dominated European ideas about African geography until Portuguese explorers redrew the continent's coastal profile during the Renaissance.
- Maps of Australasia
This collection contains both Maps of Australia and Maps of New Zealand, some of the history of which is shown in the text below. Brief sections are given; discussing the main contributions made by cartographers of the time. Although Europeans did not discover Australia - a flourishing Aboriginal culture already existed there - they were the driving force behind the mapping of the continent.
- Maps of The Americas
Maps of The Americas in our collection include American state maps, maps of Canada, North America, South America and North American town and city plans. Also included in Maps of The Americas are the West Indies and the Caribbean, with some maps dating back to the 16th century.
- World Maps & Maps of Polar Regions
We have many World Maps & Maps of Polar Regions within this section. The World Maps cover a very large range of time scales and are presented in a variety of styles, showing an evolution of techniques and approaches. The earliest known map is Babylonian dated 1320BC. The Babylonions devised the 360 degrees and developed the earliest measuring instruments.
- Domesday Maps
A unique archive created by cartographer and historian John Garnons Williams (Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society), these fascinating coloured maps show nearly 10,000 place-names of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with their authentic early spellings. Subsequent to the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066, two enormous surveys were commissioned – essentially for William to value his estates gained in war. The first, Little Domesday Book was a snapshot of his possessions in 1066. The second Large Domesday Book completed in 1086, was much wider in scope and is the basis for the carefully researched Domesday Map Collection.
- Parliamentry Reform Act Survey Plans of 1832
This collection has been reproduced from the original plans contained in three volumes being the reports from commissioners on the proposed division of counties and boundaries of boroughs, ordered by The House of Commons to be printed, 20th January 1832. A total of 178 City and Borough Plans were produced that appear in the published volumes. In addition Robert Dawson produced a separate plan for the London Metropolitan Boroughs that was not contained within the published volumes.
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