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    Post Online Map Libraries (Real World Cartography)

    From time to time, I will collect all the finds listed in this thread and abstract them in this original post for easy reference.

    David Rumsey Map Collection
    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 18,460 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens, and manuscript maps.

    Perry-Casteneda Library Map Collection
    Contains hundreds of links to other historical map websites. The collection is categorised by Continent.

    Holy Land Maps - University of Florida
    Lots of old maps of Judea/Palestine/Israel arranged in chronological order.

    Antique Map Magazine -
    An online Magazine with numerous articles about and examples of old maps.

    Genmaps - Old and interesting maps of England, Scotland and Wales
    Categorised by Country and County and chronologically.

    The National Maritime Museum

    Old sea charts from around the world, categorised geographically. Also some continental maps.

    Antique Atlas
    An online antique map shop with low resolution images (clickable to higher resolutions) of maps categorised geographically.

    Maps of the Past
    Another online store with old maps categorised by function, e.g. railroad, civil war, panoramic etc. Mostly maps of the USA but with an international section.

    Historic Cities
    Old maps of cities of the world. Searchable alphabetically.

    Reinhold Berg Antique Map shop

    Organised by region, maps may be viewed in detail through zoomify.

    Free Relief Layers from Google
    Uses the google maps engine to show a zoomable relief map of the world.

    Solo mapas - Just maps
    A collection of about one hundred and fifty maps in varying resolutions. Organised by region.

    Great Buildings Collection
    Overhead satellite images of famous buildings around the world. Searchable by Building name, architect and place.

    Big Map Blog
    A collection of lots of old and unusual maps with an in-browser zoom facility so you can see the detail

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    Post Historic maps of England, Wales and Scotland

    I found an excellent list of map links here:

    Maps of Wales, England and Scotland. arranged by county and chronologically.

    -Rob A>

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    Sweet find, Rob! My first shot turned up a 16th century map of Wales! Hours of inspiration! Thanks.
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    Good resource. Excellent find! Bookmarked.

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    Post National Maritime Museum

    I was looking for something completely non-relevant to this site, when I came across the UK's National Maritime Museum. Specifically, the Charts and Maps section.

    From their own description:
    The National Maritime Museum collections contain more than 100,000 sea charts and maps dating from the medieval period to the present day. They document the results of exploration and discovery and show how techniques of navigation and surveying developed. Many were owned by naval officers and politicians and were used to plan and record the events which have become maritime history. The collections are not exclusively British and although they concentrate on charting the seas and coastlines, land maps are also included. Together they illustrate the work of the leading hydrographers and cartographers throughout the history of charting and mapmaking.
    Just gorgeous...The only drawback is that some of the fancy on-line zoom things don't appear to work in firefox, though you can download most of the images....

    -Rob A>

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    The zoom features don't appear to be working in ie7 either so it may just be broken, or designed for safari only

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    Link David Rumsey collection

    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. High quality images of thousands of beautiful maps, mostly from the 18th & 19th centuries.
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    Post Dorling Kindersley World Maps

    I stumbled on this DK site:

    you have to pay to download the maps, but you can get inspired and borrow the styles for free!

    I also found this image which has a very interesting style in which the legend is bigger than the map itself, but I think you could have a lot of fun with it.
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