A period or antique map is a document created during the Middle Ages depicting the world (or part of it) as it was perceived at that time. Period maps offer intriguing glimpses into the medieval mindset. They can also be rather extraordinary works of art.
The sites below offer images of period maps created sometime in the seventeenth century or earlier.
The Blaeu Atlas
Lots of images from and information about Volume 1 of the 17th century.Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA.
Cartographic Images: Early Medieval Maps
An extensive index of maps from 400 A.D. to 1300 A.D. link to online versions; a bibliography, time chart, and monographs are also available.
Cartographic Images: Late Medieval Maps
An extensive index of maps from 1300 A.D. to 1500 A.D. link to online images; a bibliography and monographs are also available.
Cartographic Images: Renaissance Maps
An extensive index of maps from 1500 A.D. to 1700 A.D. link to online versions; a time chart, bibliography and monographs are also available.
Finland 500 Years on the Map of Europe
Photographs and scans of period maps from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, most from the medieval era, with the history behind each map. Provided by Erkki Fredrikson at Virtual Finland.
The New World
From the University of Georgia's Rare Map Collection come seven images of maps of the New World from the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
Two marvelous graphics are accompanied by a brief explanation of the most popular geographical work to be produced in the fifteenth century: Ptolemy's Cosmography.
World Map by Moroccan Cartographer al-Idrisi
A map of the world made by Moroccan cartographer al-Idrisi for King Roger of Sicily in the year 1154, here at the Medieval History site.
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The Medieval Atlas is a directory of maps, charts, geographic drawings and illustrations, illuminations, and other cartographic representations of the world in general, and the geography of Europe in particular, during the Middle Ages. Both historical maps and period or "antique" maps are included.
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