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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. 

From the portolan chart of the Mediterranean to the latitude chart of the Atlantic : cartometric analysis and modeling. Doctoral thesis, 2010, by Joaquim Filipe Figueiredo Alves Gaspar.

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 is the multi-volume History of Cartography series [CUL classmark S696.b.079] the first three volumes of which are now (May 2013) 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.

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. Open information project for Map History. 

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.

'Silk maps'. Information about US cloth maps of WWII.

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

Watermarks - The Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive.

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