A planetary sphere in a shagreen case, advertised for sale at seven shillings and sixpence by John Neale, London, 1745
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Previous exhibitions

25 January to 4 June 2005
(closed 25-28 March inclusive)

Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30. Sunday closed.
ADMISSION FREE

 

 
A woman on her way to sell potatoes in Valenciennes, from Miss Semple’s The costume of the Netherlands… after drawings from nature (London, 1817)
A woman on her way to sell potatoes in Valenciennes, from Miss Semple’s The costume of the Netherlands… after drawings from nature (London, 1817) [original document not on display]

Travel & Topography

Over centuries, the collections of great libraries have reflected the fascination for the curious reader of distant lands and uncharted seas. Conscious of this long-standing tradition, the Friends of Cambridge University Library have made great efforts to purchase works that assist the reader either to travel, literally or in the mind, through foreign lands, or to speculate, sometimes very imaginatively, on the marvels to be found in remote parts of the world. During recent years, the Friends have made particular efforts to develop the remarkably rich collections held in the Library’s Map Room. Maps donated or purchased with the Friends’ help range across time and space, elegantly portraying great landed estates, charting volcanic eruptions in Italy, and displaying intricate stagecoach and railway routes, the commercial, social and industrial arteries of Georgian and Victorian Britain.

Items on display

Constantino von Wahrenberg [Philipp Balthasar Sinold von Schütz] (1657-1742), Die glückseeligste Insul auf der gantzen Welt, oder das Land der Zufriedenheit, Leipzig, 1723 (7746.d.98); Madagascar: or, Robert Drury’s journal during fifteen years captivity on that island, London, 1729 (7000.d.216); Picturesque views in Devonshire, Cornwall, &c., London, 1826 (Harley-Mason.b.133); The Intelligencer: or, Merchant’s assistant, London, 1738 (7428.e.3); Kupfersammlung zu Göthe’s sämmtlichen Werken, Sechste Lieferung, Leipzig, 1829 (8002.c.27); Flora Tristan (1803-1844), Promenades dans Londres, Deuxième édition, Paris and London, 1840 (F184.c.4.1); Anonymous cartographer, ‘A platt, map, or geographicall description of divers lands in the parish of Uggeshall in the Cownty of Suff’…’, England, 1 January 1650 (MS Plans.904); Aleksandr Dmitrievich Savinkov (1769-1835) and Gavriil Andreevich Sarychev (1763-1831), Plan de la ville capitale de St Petersbourg (part), [St Petersburg], 1820 (Maps.c.18.H.90); Giuseppe Gemmellaro (1787-1866), Historical & topographical map of the eruptions of Etna from the æra of the Sicani to the present time, intended to show the origin, the direction & the age of each eruption, London, 1828 (Maps.bb.18.H.60). View exhibit captions.

An engraving accompanying a Plan de la ville capitale de St. Petersbourg published in 1820
An engraving accompanying a Plan de la ville capitale de St. Petersbourg published in 1820