These are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma. More…
map : a representation usually on a flat surface of the whole or a part of an area — Webster
Map is a symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of some space, such as objects, regions, and themes.Many maps are static two-dimensional, geometrically accurate (or approximately accurate) representations of three-dimensional space, while others are dynamic or interactive, even three-dimensional. Although most commonly used to depict geography, maps may represent any space, real or imagined, without regard to context or scale; e.g. brain mapping, DNA mapping and extraterrestrial mapping.
Although the earliest maps known are of the heavens, geographic maps of territory have a very long tradition and exist from ancient times. The word “map” comes from the medieval Latin Mappa mundi, wherein mappa meant napkin or cloth and //mundi// the world. Thus, “map” became the shortened term referring to a two-dimensional representation of the surface of the world. — Wikipedia
David Rumsey’s Map Collection (Stanford Libraries)
David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries
Leventhal Map Center (Boston Public Library)
The “3D tour” of the map center described in the Boston Globe is an engaging application that uses Matterport to create an immersive 360 experience.
Click the image below to see a Matterport 3D tour of the Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History Exhibition at the (The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library)
Other Resources about Historical Maps and Atlases
History and Geography of Europe and the World: Historical Atlas of Europe AD 1 to 1600 (Euratlas)
Online historical atlas showing the states of Europe and Mediterranean basin at the end of each century from AD 1 to AD 2000. In English and French.
History of Mapping (Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping)
Map History & History of Cartography (WWW Virtual Library)
International Antiquarian Mapsellers Association (IAMA)
Western Association of Map Libraries Information Bulletin