Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature


With a series of fully searchable, historical maps at its core, Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Mapping the World provides geographical images from the areas spanning the globe.

The 19th century saw tremendous growth in maps and mapmaking as the field of cartography gained visibility and professional standards.

Mapping the world during this time period was driven by massive industrialisation, imperialism, and exploration. As populations began to acquire the ability to travel, tourism created a new market for reliable maps.  Likewise as colonialism was prominent, many maps of the time reflect the colonial ambitions of the day. These same maps also offered perspective to a fledgling literary genre: the travel diary.

• Delivers collections of fully searchable, full-image maps, travel diaries, gazetteers, and guide books spanning the globe

• Provides rich insight into the era of cartography; illuminating the changes taking place in map creation and providing a glimpse into the age of imperialism

• Reflects the vast exploration that took place during the 19th century


Key content:

·         Maritime/nautical charts

·         Battlefields

·         Ordnance surveys

·         Gazetteers

·         Topographical Maps

·         European, Asian and Mid-East Travel Maps

·         Atlases/manuscripts

·         Travel guides and handbooks

·         Travelolgues


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