Maps and views
Delve into the mysterious world of maps and views and reflect on the founders’ curiosity about the universe.
The British Library has one of the largest collections of maps, plans and topographical views in the world, with around 4.5 million collection items. The earliest of these, made over 2,000 years ago in the Roman Empire, can be found on a coin, while the latest appears as pixels on a computer screen. As well as geographic documents, maps can be works of art, propaganda pieces, expressions of pride or tools of indoctrination.
The Duke's Plan of New YorkView images from this item (1)
Psalter world mapView images from this item (5)
Matthew Paris map of BritainView images from this item (1)
Anglo-Saxon world mapView images from this item (5)
Great Fire of London mapView images from this item (1)
Dutch Baroque gardensView images from this item (3)
View of BenaresView images from this item (1)
Chinese terrestrial globeView images from this item (1)
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