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    Culhuacán, Mexico. This map from Culhuacán in the present-day Delegación de Ixtapalapa, Mexico City, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered such...
    • Date: 1580
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    A New Depiction of the Whole of Hungary.
    Nova totius Ungariae
    This rare map of Hungary was produced by Matthias Zündt in 1567. Zündt (circa 1498--1572) was an engraver, sculptor, and goldsmith from Nuremberg who produced 13 copper-plate engraved maps and views between 1565 and 1571. The map originally appeared in six sheets arranged together. It shows colorful views of important cities, kingdoms, provinces, and bordering countries. Episcopal churches and Turkish religious buildings are shown,...
    • Contributor: Zündt, Matthias
    • Date: 1567
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    Atlas of the Azores and Madeira Islands.
    Atlas das Ilhas de Açores e Madeira
    This 16th-century pen-and-ink watercolor map, from an atlas of Madeira and the Azores, shows the island of Madeira. This island was discovered in 1419 by captains sailing for Prince Henry the Navigator and was colonized shortly thereafter. This detailed map shows the island's many ports.
    • Date: 1500
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    Representation of the Turkish Empire.
    Turcici Imperii Descriptio
    The Flemish geographer and scholar Abraham Ortelius (1527-98) published the first edition of his Theatrum orbis terrarum (Theater of the world) in 1570. It contained 53 maps, each with a detailed commentary. It was the first true atlas in the modern sense: a bound book of map plates and accompanying text specifically produced to give a uniform, complete presentation. More than 7,300 copies of...
    • Contributor: Ortelius, Abraham - Gastaldi, Giacomo
    • Date: 1579
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    Portolan Chart. The first maritime charts were produced at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. Their main purpose was to represent with the greatest possible accuracy coastlines and ports, for which reason they were called portolanos. When seafarers ventured out into the open sea, they entered their new discoveries on the charts. A Portuguese law stipulated that every ship had to carry two serviceable...
    • Date: 1502
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    Map of Denmark from the Atlas "Theatrum orbis terrarum".
    Daniae Regni Typus
    The Flemish scholar and geographer Abraham Ortelius (1527--98) published the first edition of his Theatrum orbis terrarum (Theater of the world) in 1570. Containing 53 maps, each with a detailed commentary, it is considered the first true atlas in the modern sense: a collection of uniform map sheets and accompanying text bound to form a book for which copper printing plates were specifically engraved....
    • Contributor: Ortelius, Abraham - Antoniszoon, Cornelis, Born 1499 - Jordan, Marcus
    • Date: 1570
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    General Atlas of All the Islands in the World.
    Islario general de todas las islas del mundo
    Islario general de todas las islas del mundo (General atlas of all the islands in the world) is the greatest work by Seville cosmographer Alonso de Santa Cruz (1505--67). The atlas was begun during the reign of Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain Charles V and finished in that of his son King Philip II, to whom it was dedicated. It consists of...
    • Contributor: Santa Cruz, Alonso De
    • Date: 1539

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    Saint Augustine Map, 1589. This engraved hand-colored map or view-plan by Baptista Boazio depicts Sir Francis Drake's attack on Saint Augustine on May 28-29, 1586. Boazio, an Italian who worked in London from about 1585 to 1603, made maps to illustrate accounts of English expeditions and campaigns. He prepared a series of maps marking Drake's route for Walter Bigges' work on Drake's expedition to the West Indies, first...
    • Contributor: Boazio, Baptista - White, John
    • Date: 1589
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    [Celestial globe gores]. Title provided by cataloger. Likely proof sheets, as lines for the tropics and the ecliptic are missing. Earliest known celestial gores. Bound in the Schöner Sammelband. Gores trimmed and mounted on paper. LC copy annotated by Schöner. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Provenance: Gift of Jay I. Kislak Foundation.
    • Contributor: Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress) - Schöner, Johann
    • Date: 1517
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    Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 6 Recto, North Atlantic Ocean. The map presented here is from the Miller Atlas in the collections of the National Library of France. Produced for King Manuel I of Portugal in 1519 by cartographers Pedro Reinel, his son Jorge Reinel, and Lopo Homem and miniaturist António de Holanda, the atlas contains eight maps on six loose sheets, painted on both sides. This map (folio 6 recto in the atlas)...
    • Contributor: Homem, Lopo, Flourished - Manuel I, King of Portugal - Reinel, Jorge, Active 16th Century - Reinel, Pedro, Born Approximately 1464 - Holanda, António De
    • Date: 1519
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    Cempoala, Mexico. This map from Zempoala in the present-day state of Veracruz, Mexico, is from the Relaciones Geográficas collection in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Dating from between 1578 and 1586, the Relaciones Geográficas are responses to a questionnaire initiated by the Spanish crown in 1577, requesting information about Spanish-held territories in the Americas. The questionnaires covered such topics...
    • Date: 1580
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    Maps: Bach to Baseball Cards - Conservation Highlights (Preservation, Library of Congress) Maps - Bach to Baseball Cards: Preserving the Nation's Heritage at the Library of Congress
    • Date: 1570
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    Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 6 Verso, The Mediterranean Sea. The map presented here is from the Miller Atlas in the collections of the National Library of France. Produced for King Manuel I of Portugal in 1519 by cartographers Pedro Reinel, his son Jorge Reinel, and Lopo Homem and miniaturist António de Holanda, the atlas contains eight maps on six loose sheets, painted on both sides. This map (folio 6 verso in the atlas)...
    • Contributor: Homem, Lopo, Flourished - Manuel I, King of Portugal - Reinel, Jorge, Active 16th Century - Reinel, Pedro, Born Approximately 1464 - Holanda, António De
    • Date: 1519
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    Arabia. This 1616 map is a reprint of a map originally published in 1598 by Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), a Flemish cartographer and engraver who settled in Amsterdam in about 1593 and established a business that produced globes and the first large maps of the world. The map covers the territory from west of the Gulf of Suez to the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula,...
    • Contributor: Hondius, Jodocus
    • Date: 1598
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    Tabula nouarum insularum, quas diuersis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas uocant.
    Tabula novarum insularum, quas diversis respectibus Occidentales & Indianas vocant | Nouus orbis, qui insulas habet Indici Oceani ...
    Relief shown pictorially. Has the word "Americam" in South America. Appears in the author's Cosmographiae universalis. Basel, Switzerland. 1559. Woodcut. Includes illustrations. LC copy imperfect: Fold-lined. Missing extreme upper right corner, minor losses to lower-middle of map. South America also labeled in German. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
    • Contributor: Münster, Sebastian
    • Date: 1559
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    [Geografia tavole moderne di geografia]. "Antoine du Pérac Lafréry (1512-77) was a French engraver who settled in Rome, probably in the early 1540s, where he became a celebrated publisher of maps. Lafréry assembled and bound collections of maps from various sources, which he sold under the title Tavole moderne di geografia...di diversi autori raccolte et messe secondo l'ordine di Tolemeo (Modern geographical maps...from various authors, collected and organized according...
    • Contributor: Forlani, Paolo - Gastaldi, Giacomo - Lafréry, Antoine
    • Date: 1575

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    Portugalliae : que olim Lusitania, nouissima & exactissima descriptio "Fernando Alvares Seco (fl. 1561-85) was a Portuguese mathematician and cartographer who made the first known map of Portugal. It was engraved by Sebastiano del Re and published in Rome in 1561. Abraham Ortelius (1527-98) later reprinted the map in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the world), which was first published in May 1570. Ortelius was a cartographer and map publisher from Antwerp....
    • Contributor: Ortelius, Abraham - Seco, Fernando Alvares
    • Date: 1560
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    Mediterranean Sea Region 1569. This portolan chart by the prominent Italian cartographer and engraver Paolo Forlani is the first sea chart engraved and printed on copperplate. Forlani was born in Verona but flourished in Venice in 1560--74. Most of his maps appeared under the imprint of other publishers, including Giovanni Francesco Camocio, Ferrando Bertelli, and Bolognini Zaltieri in Venice and Claudio Duchetti in Rome-members of the Lafreri school...
    • Contributor: Forlani, Paolo
    • Date: 1569
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    Nautical Chart of the Mediterranean Basin.
    Carta nautica del bacino del Mediterraneo
    This portolan nautical chart, of Catalan origin, illustrates the coastal areas of the Mediterranean Sea with a wealth of detail, with toponyms of the inhabited areas shown without regard to political-territorial divisions. Nautical charts came into use on sailing vessels in the Mediterranean toward the end of the 13th century, coinciding with much broader seafaring activity and exploration. These charts supplemented the written instructions,...
    • Contributor: Prunes, Mateus, Flourished
    • Date: 1553
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    Maps: Bach to Baseball Cards - Conservation Highlights (Preservation, Library of Congress) Maps - Bach to Baseball Cards: Preserving the Nation's Heritage at the Library of Congress
    • Date: 1540
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    Bird's-Eye View of Amsterdam, 1597.
    Amsterdam anno 1597
    This bird's-eye view of Amsterdam in 1597 is from the collection of cityscapes and broadsheets that once belonged to the Swedish statesman Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie (1622-86). In the upper right is a key, in Dutch, listing important landmarks in the city, including churches, city hall, and bridges. The map is by Pieter Bast (circa 1570-1605), a Dutch cartographer and engraver, who...
    • Contributor: Bast, Pieter
    • Date: 1597
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    [Map of eastern Canada]. Relief shown pictorially. From Giovanni Battista Ramusio's Terzo volvme delle navigationi et viaggi ...? 1565? pp. 424-425? In upper left margin: 424. In upper right margin: 425. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
    • Contributor: Ramusio, Giovanni Battista
    • Date: 1565
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    [San Juan de Ulúa Watercolor on vellum. Upper corners damp marked, with very slight marking of the drawing. Mounted on cloth. Kraus, H.P. Sir Francis Drake, 46 Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. Gift of Hans P. and Hanni Kraus.
    • Contributor: Eraso, Cristóbal De. - Hans and Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1570
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    Slavonia, Croatia, Bosnia, and a part of Dalmatia.
    Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae parte
    Gerard Mercator's 1590 Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae parte (Slavonia, Croatia, Bosnia, and a part of Dalmatia) is the best representation of Bosnia made up to that time. One of the oldest items in the cartographic collections of the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the map was published by the well-known Blaeu firm in Amsterdam. Shown are villages, towns, rivers, and...
    • Contributor: Mercator, Gerhard
    • Date: 1590
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    [Maps of California, from 1597 to 1851].
    California title collection--general 1597 to 1851
    This record covers single maps of California as a whole, which are not represented in the LC database by separate catalog records. This collection includes single printed maps and photocopies of printed or manuscript single maps as well as multi-sheet single maps, plates from atlases, books or periodicals, and printed facsimiles. To request a specific map or for more information, contact a reference librarian...
    • Date: 1597

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