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Articles in Journals on the History of Cartography. Indexes and lists from the University of Utrecht. 

Atlas of Early Printing. An interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century.

CERL Thesaurus. Contains names of persons, corporate bodies, places and printers/publishers recorded in books or other material printed during the hand-press era (1450 - ca. 1830). 

Conservation Register. A service provided by the Institute of Conservation which helps you find information on accredited conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland. 

History of Cartography Project. 'A research, editorial, and publishing venture drawing international attention to the history of maps and mapping'. The Project's major work, published by University of Chicago Press, is the multi-volume History of Cartography series [CUL classmark S696.b.079] some volumes of which are available online

ICA Commission on the History of Cartography.

International Commission for the History of Towns (ICHT).

International Directory of Researchers in Map History. Online directory of researchers interested in any aspect of map history. 

Language of Bindings Thesaurus (LoB) A thesaurus of bookbinding terms for book structures dating from the ninth to the nineteenth century.

MacDonald Gill. 1884-1947. Map maker, graphic designer, letterer and architect.

MapAnalyst. "A software for the accuracy analysis of old maps. Its main purpose is to compute distortion grids and other types of visualizations that illustrate the geometrical accuracy and distortion of old maps".

Map History / History of Cartography. THE Gateway to the subject. Lots of invaluable information on, e.g. events, fellowships and prizes, map collecting and collections, online images of maps and much more. Includes sections entitled: Books to get you into the SubjectWeb articles: PeopleSpecial topics: Peoplehow to tell a fake or forgery, and much more.

Mapping of New York State: A study in the history of cartography. By David Yehling Allen. Preliminary publication, which is undergoing continuous revision. 

New Landscapes: Enclosure in Berkshire. Maps and land awards on this site show the process of enclosing the common fields of the county of Berkshire between 1738 and 1883. Lots of background information on enclosure. 

Palaeography. From The National Archives - a web tutorial to help you learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800. See also Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy - Handwriting and Language Guide. 

Petrol Maps. Mapping the history of oil company road maps in Europe. Packed with information and illustrations. Includes section on dating oil company road maps.


Recent Trends in the History of Cartography: A Selective, Annotated Bibliography to the English-Language Literature. Article by Matthew Edney published in 2007.

WWII Escape Maps. Information about US and British cloth maps of WWII.

Watermarks - The Piccard Collection and see also here to search the catalogue.

Watermarks - The Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive.

Opening Times

NOTE: Thursday 7 July : The Map Room will close at 3.20pm and the Library will close at 3.45pm

Map Room Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 9.00-12.45 and 14.00-17.10 
Friday 9.00-12.45 and 14.00-16.50 

i.e., we will be closed lunch time, in the evenings and on Saturdays. However, given sufficient notice, we may be able to transfer Map Departmet items to the Rare Books Reading Room for consultation during these closed periods. 

Note that there are very reduced catering facilities in the Library.

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