Golden Age Maps
The Golden Age of Maps was inaugurated in the 1600’s primarily in the Netherlands by such cartographers as Blaeu and Ortelius, several of whose maps are included in this collection. While maps were historically designed to demonstrate graphically the geographical knowledge of the time, the Golden Age Maps are distinguished by their highly decorative use of colors to distinguish different land masses and other geographical features. In many cases, Golden Age Maps illustrate the customs and costumes of the era. Popular fears and superstitions are also revealed by sea monsters appearing in the oceans. Golden Age Maps were, for the most part, bound in Atlases which were sought after by the wealthy and privileged classes of the 16th - 18th centuries.

Curated by MA Feirstein, Discovery Maps

“I am told there are people who do not care for maps and find that hard to believe.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island

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