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Introduction to the Map Library
Familiar Places - Unusual Views
Perspectives of the World
Kitab Rujar, first drawn in 1154 by Al-Idrisi and reproduced in Cairo in 1456 by 'Alî ibn Hasan al-Hûfî al-Qâsimî. This copy is in the French National Library and is available in Wikimedia Commons
Map of the World
Map of the world taken from an Arabian manuscript of Al Edrisi in the Bodleian Library. Adapted in 1800 by Dr. Vincent for a British audience, notice that north is now "up." Made available by the National Library of Australia.
Perspectives of the world
He mau palapala aina, a me na niele e pili ana. Hookahi ke pai ana
What do Hawaiians accentuate on a world map? Notice the loving detail to ALL the islands of the South Pacific and the careful labeling of waterways in general compared to land
Kankai kōro shinzu / 環海航路新圖
This map, published in 1862 in Kyoto accentuates ocean routes around the world.
This is a classic early 20th century view of the world from a western powers perspective. The map's projection accentuates and exaggerates the size of the northern hemisphere land areas, and nations are shaded by which major power controls it.
Map of Paradise
European map maker's favorite way of looking at the Middle East is through the lens of the Christian Bible. This map imposes supposed or known biblical locations on a contemporary map of the Middle East. Carte de la situation du paradis terrestre, et des païs habitez par les patriarches. Made by Pierre-Daniel Huet and Pierre Mortier. Published in Amsterdam in 1700.
Les possessions de l'Empire Ottoman en Europe
A 1700 map of the Ottoman Empire by Zadig Khanzadyan.
Nouvelle carte generale des provinces asiatiques de L'empire Ottoman : sans L'Arabie
A French language map of the Ottoman Empire published in Berlin in 1884. The northern provinces of Greece are marked as non-Ottoman, which certainly would not have been the Sultan’s opinion. Recognizes British takeover of Egypt.