Magnificent Maps

There are a lot of beautiful maps in the collections of the State Library of New South Wales. Here are a sample of some of the finest.
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Handcoloured map of the Americas by Abraham Ortelius, 1579, featured in our 'European Visions of Antarctica' Out of the Vaults event

Handcoloured map of the Americas by Abraham Ortelius, 1579, featured in our 'European Visions of Antarctica' Out of the Vaults event

This “compass rose” is detail from the map: Insulae Moluccae celeberrimae sunt ob maximam aromatum copiam quam per totum terrarum orbem mittunt by C. J. Visscher excudebat Anno 1617.    Find more detailed information about this photograph:      http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2056881  From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

This “compass rose” is detail from the map: Insulae Moluccae celeberrimae sunt ob maximam aromatum copiam quam per totum terrarum orbem mittunt by C. J. Visscher excudebat Anno 1617. Find more detailed information about this photograph: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2056881 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from   Insulæ Iavæ, cum parte insularum Borneo, Sumatræ, et circumjacentium insularum, novissima delineatio / [Jan Jansson]. [Amstelodami : J. Jansson,1657?]  Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2768857  From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from Insulæ Iavæ, cum parte insularum Borneo, Sumatræ, et circumjacentium insularum, novissima delineatio / [Jan Jansson]. [Amstelodami : J. Jansson,1657?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2768857 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from Insvla Zeilan, olim Taprobana, nunc incolis Tenarisim / [Joannes Janssonius].   	[Amsterdam : J. Jansson, 1657?]    Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769141  From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from Insvla Zeilan, olim Taprobana, nunc incolis Tenarisim / [Joannes Janssonius]. [Amsterdam : J. Jansson, 1657?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769141 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from   Insularum Moluccarum nova descriptio / Ioannem Ianssonium. Amstelodami : Ioannem Ianssonium, [1633?]  Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769125  From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from Insularum Moluccarum nova descriptio / Ioannem Ianssonium. Amstelodami : Ioannem Ianssonium, [1633?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769125 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from Nova et accvrata Poli Arctici et terrarum circum Iacentium descriptio / apud Ionnem Ianbonnium. Amstelodami : [J. Jansson, 165-?]  Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769145 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Close up detail from Nova et accvrata Poli Arctici et terrarum circum Iacentium descriptio / apud Ionnem Ianbonnium. Amstelodami : [J. Jansson, 165-?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769145 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Detail from Sinus Gangeticus, vulgo Golfo de Bengala nova descriptio / [Jan Jansson]. [Amsterodam : J. Jansson, 1657?]  Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769820 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Detail from Sinus Gangeticus, vulgo Golfo de Bengala nova descriptio / [Jan Jansson]. [Amsterodam : J. Jansson, 1657?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769820 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Nova et accuratissima totius terrarum orbis tabula, [New and very accurate chart of the world], 1664?  / Joan Blaeu. [Amsterdam] : Joan Blaeu, [1664?].    Find more detailed information about this map:  http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2059969  Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Nova et accuratissima totius terrarum orbis tabula, [New and very accurate chart of the world], 1664? / Joan Blaeu. [Amsterdam] : Joan Blaeu, [1664?]. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2059969 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

A plan of King Georges Island [Tahiti], 1769 /    James Cook.      Find more detailed information about this map:   http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2071155 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

A plan of King Georges Island [Tahiti], 1769 / James Cook. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2071155 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Celestial globe, 1693 / Vincenzo Maria Coronelli.   Southern hemisphere gores for a pair of globes 106.7 cm in diameter.   Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2061965  Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Celestial globe, 1693 / Vincenzo Maria Coronelli. Southern hemisphere gores for a pair of globes 106.7 cm in diameter. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2061965 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au


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Antarctica - 1657

Antarctica - 1657

World map in 36 gores, c. 1555 / Antonio Floriano.    This map was adapted from Gerard Mercator's famous double-cordiform map of 1538,  itself following Finé's 1531. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2068134 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

World map in 36 gores, c. 1555 / Antonio Floriano. This map was adapted from Gerard Mercator's famous double-cordiform map of 1538, itself following Finé's 1531. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2068134 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Nova totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula / Auct. Guiljelmo Blaeuw       Amsterodami : Gulielmus Blaeuw Sub Signo Solarii deaurati, [1635].  Find more detailed information about this map:  http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2069318  From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Nova totius terrarum orbis geographica ac hydrographica tabula / Auct. Guiljelmo Blaeuw Amsterodami : Gulielmus Blaeuw Sub Signo Solarii deaurati, [1635]. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2069318 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Novissima et accuratissima totius Americae descriptio / per N. Visscher. [Amsterdam : J. jansson, 1658?]	  Find more detailed information about this map:     http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2770178    From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Novissima et accuratissima totius Americae descriptio / per N. Visscher. [Amsterdam : J. jansson, 1658?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2770178 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Sinus Gangeticus, vulgo Golfo de Bengala nova descriptio / Jan Jansson, [Amsterodam : J. Jansson, 1657?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769820 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Sinus Gangeticus, vulgo Golfo de Bengala nova descriptio / Jan Jansson, [Amsterodam : J. Jansson, 1657?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769820 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Insula Borneo et occidentalis pars Celebris, cum adjacentibus insulis.  [Amsterdam : Jan Jansson, 1657?]    Find more detailed information about this map:   http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769131    Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Insula Borneo et occidentalis pars Celebris, cum adjacentibus insulis. [Amsterdam : Jan Jansson, 1657?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769131 Search the collections of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Planisphaerium terrestre, sive terrarum orbis : planisphaerice constructi repraesentatioquintuplex: adjunctis aliquibus astronomicae geographicae tyrociniis / auctore Carolo Allard, Amstelo-Batavo.  Amsterdam : [Carel Allard], 1696.      Find more detailed information about this map:      http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2061390    From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Planisphaerium terrestre, sive terrarum orbis : planisphaerice constructi repraesentatioquintuplex: adjunctis aliquibus astronomicae geographicae tyrociniis / auctore Carolo Allard, Amstelo-Batavo. Amsterdam : [Carel Allard], 1696. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2061390 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Nova et accvrata Poli Arctici et terrarum circum Iacentium descriptio / apud Ionnem Ianbonnium. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769145 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Nova et accvrata Poli Arctici et terrarum circum Iacentium descriptio / apud Ionnem Ianbonnium. Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2769145 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Caption Americæ nova tabula / auct. Guiljelmo Blaeuw. [Amsterdam : Guiljelmo Blaeuw, 1635?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2770156 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Caption Americæ nova tabula / auct. Guiljelmo Blaeuw. [Amsterdam : Guiljelmo Blaeuw, 1635?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2770156 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Insulæ Iavæ, cum parte insularum Borneo, Sumatræ, et circumjacentium insularum, novissima delineatio /[Jan Jansson] -  [Amstelodami : J. Jansson, 1657?]  Find more detailed information about this map:  http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2768857    From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Insulæ Iavæ, cum parte insularum Borneo, Sumatræ, et circumjacentium insularum, novissima delineatio /[Jan Jansson] - [Amstelodami : J. Jansson, 1657?] Find more detailed information about this map: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2768857 From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au

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