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Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony

- June 20, 2018 in allegorical maps, cartography, love, maps, marriage, strange maps, unusual maps

As mapmakers began to get a better and better sense of the earth’s geography, some of the more playful amongst them turned their attentions to charting more ambiguous lands — creating maps that turned ideas into places and the machinations of the mind and heart into a journey. While allegorical maps have been around for […]

Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony

- June 20, 2018 in allegorical maps, cartography, love, maps, marriage, matrimonial maps, sentimental cartography, strange maps, unusual maps

Collection of allegorical maps (17th–19th century) charting that heady territory of love, courtship, and marriage.

Geographical Fun: Being Humourous Outlines of Various Countries (1868)

- June 6, 2017 in anthropomorphism, cartography, Europe, Map, maps

Series of fantastic anthropomorphic maps of European countries, each footnoted by a witty quatrain, was produced by London publisher Hodder and Stoughton in the 1860s.

Geographical Fun: Being Humourous Outlines of Various Countries (1868)

- June 6, 2017 in anthropomorphism, cartography, Europe, Map, maps

Series of fantastic anthropomorphic maps of European countries, each footnoted by a witty quatrain, was produced by London publisher Hodder and Stoughton in the 1860s.

Geographical Fun: Being Humourous Outlines of Various Countries (1868)

- June 6, 2017 in anthropomorphism, cartography, Europe, Map, maps

Series of fantastic anthropomorphic maps of European countries, each footnoted by a witty quatrain, was produced by London publisher Hodder and Stoughton in the 1860s.

The Maps of Matrakçı Nasuh, Ottoman Polymath

- May 9, 2017 in bosnia, cartography, Cities, game, iran, maps, miniatures, ottoman, persian, polymath, turkey, urban

Exquisite miniatures of 16th-century Persia by Bosnian-born Ottoman polymath and all-round genius Matrakcı Nasuh.

The Maps of Matrakçı Nasuh, Ottoman Polymath

- May 9, 2017 in bosnia, cartography, Cities, game, iran, maps, miniatures, ottoman, persian, polymath, turkey, urban

Exquisite miniatures of 16th-century Persia by Bosnian-born Ottoman polymath and all-round genius Matrakcı Nasuh.

The Maps of Matrakçı Nasuh, Ottoman Polymath

- May 9, 2017 in bosnia, cartography, Cities, game, iran, maps, miniatures, ottoman, persian, polymath, turkey, urban

Exquisite miniatures of 16th-century Persia by Bosnian-born Ottoman polymath and all-round genius Matrakcı Nasuh.

The Maps of Matrakçı Nasuh, Ottoman Polymath

- May 9, 2017 in bosnia, cartography, Cities, game, iran, maps, miniatures, ottoman, persian, polymath, turkey, urban

Exquisite miniatures of 16th-century Persia by Bosnian-born Ottoman polymath and all-round genius Matrakcı Nasuh.

“For the Sake of the Prospect”: Experiencing the World from Above in the Late 18th Century

- July 20, 2016 in Airopaidia, Art & Illustrations, cartography, Culture & History, Featured Articles, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloon, Lunardi, maps, thomas baldwin

The first essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. We begin with a look at the unique set of images included in Thomas Baldwin's Airopaidia (1786) — the first real overhead aerial views.