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 York

The Duke's Plan of New York

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Matthew Paris map of Britain

Matthew Paris's Map of Britain

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Great Fire of London map

Hollar's map of London before and after the Great Fire of London

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Chinese terrestrial globe

Chinese Terrestrial Globe, drawn and painted in 1623. By Manuel Dias and Nicolo Longobardi, probably in Beijing.

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