View Full Version : The History of Cartography and some hand drawn elements

03-09-2014, 09:19 PM
So a few years ago I found myself in the Penn State Maps Library. They had a copy of The History of Cartography edited by David Woodward. I happened to google the book and found that it's available online for free in pdf form!

Here's the book: The History of Cartography by David Woodward (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/index.html)

The series has 6 books in three volumes and each one is huge. I highly recommend giving it a look through.

Volume One

Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V1/Volume1.html)

Volume Two

Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V2_B1/Volume2_Book1.html)
Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V2_B2/Volume2_Book2.html)
Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V2_B3/Volume2_Book3.html)

Volume Three

Cartography in the European Renaissance (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V3_Pt1/Volume3_Part1.html)
Cartography in the European Renaissance (Part 2) (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V3_Pt2/Volume3_Part2.html)

Here's a random section I thought was neat: V2 B1 Ch3 Cosmographical Diagrams (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V2_B1/HOC_VOLUME2_Book1_chapter3.pdf)

I also copied some map elements from pages 542-578 (I can't remember which book). It's separated into pdf's by chapter so I'm not sure where exactly my icons came from or I'd have a link to the originals. I'm not sure if this should be a separate post under "elements" but here you go:

Coasts, cliffs, hills, rivers, forests, swamps

Cities, farmland, vineyards, mines, a windmill, something... a fish, a mile marker and another vineyard I think. I think the crossed out cities are flooded or otherwise ruined.

03-09-2014, 09:29 PM
Excellent find thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to look over some of this in finer detail.

- Max -
03-09-2014, 09:58 PM
Nice find indeed, thanks Flocko!

03-09-2014, 11:18 PM
Okay, that right there is gonna cost me some serious time ... Thanks!