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Antiquarian Mapping

Antiquarian mapping is defined as maps made before 1850. The following pages give an introduction to our most important collections.

  • Manuscript maps
    Defined as maps that are hand drawn, not printed
  • Globes
    A good collection of globes
  • Althorp Collection
    A collection of maps from 1624 - 1970 of the midlands and south of England
  • Bauza Collection
    Spanish colonial mapping relating to Spanish America, the Caribbean and the Philippines dating from about 1700 to about 1830.
  • Beudeker Collection
    A unique collection of Dutch and Belgian material ranging from 1600 to 1756
  • Cotton Collection
    Collection of manuscript maps, charts and plans mostly from 1425-1625 but including the 'Anglo-Saxon world map' (c.1050)
  • Crace Collection
    Maps, plans and drawings of London assembled in the first half of the 19th century
  • King's Topographical Collection
    King George III collection of around 50,000 items of cartographic materials, mostly from the 18th century
  • India Office Records map collections
    Manuscript and printed maps in the archive of the East India Company and the India Office from 1700 to 1950
  • RUSI Collection
    Royal United Services Institution collection - a valuable 18th-century collection