The above are hand-coloured engravings of cities engraved in 1597 for a book called ‘Viaggio da Venetia a Constantinopoli per Mare’ (Voyage from Venice to Istanbul by Sea). They are maps as well as illustrations and things of beauty. Done by Giacomo (Jacomo) Franco (1550-1620). Presented by the amazing BibliOdyssey here.

Sailing west a beautiful map of the Americas inspired by Nicolas Visscher in 1658. The map follows previous depictions for the interior of North America with open-ended Great Lakes and the island of California. More here.

The Russians had there own view of the rest of the world, and they showed it, in part, here. With the help of someone from TIME magazine, apparently. Found at Dark Roasted Blend

Nice piece of recent typographical mapping from vlad studio here.

Above is a map of Iceland long ago with depictions of a couple of local men and some whales with floppy weird antennae. Both now extinct it would seem.

This lovely, lovely map by Millo Antonio from an isolario (island book) of the Mediterranean. In the collection of Britain’s national Maritime museum.

Antoine+Manuel produced this joyful depiction of the RATP (Parisian Metro), Carte Intégrale, 2005

above 3 from http://mooonriver.blogspot.com/

Map hearts/heart maps made by BOMBUS found here

Above is Halloweenland, which is not far from NeverNeverLand. Work in ink and watercolor on paper by Alison Murray Whittington, found at her site paintandink

This is the underground map of the world from Transit Maps of the World by Mike Ovenden. All aboard, doors closing. Next stop Tashkent. See here.

Maps are one of the most wonderful inventions of humans. They have a real and practical value for getting where you want to go, they are often beautiful objects in themselves, and they inspire the imagination. Blessed are the mapmakers–they’ll tell us where we are and where we aren’t.

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