Historical Cartography

We can find you any map, from any era.

Inner Melbourne in the 1890’s

A Fascinating look at early Melbourne which shows some changes and many similarities between then and now.

Early Depiction of Australia

This fine map from 1794 shows the limitations of the then current knowledge of the world. Australia is shown joined to Tasmania, and the shapes of many coastlines are inaccurate.

Australia in the 1890’s

  Detailed pre-federation map of Australia, excluding Tasmania. Published in 1893.

Cook’s Explorations of the Globe

  World map produced by John Tallis in 1851 to celebrate the Explorations by Captain James Cook. The complete path of the three voyages throughout the World are shown.

Inner Sydney in the 1890’s

The Sydney of 1897 is vastly different from today, with no harbour bridge and most modern suburbs as separate towns.

First World War Map

From Military History of the World War by C.R. Howland. This map was used to teach members of the US Army in the aftermath of the First World War. It shows an overview of the war in Europe and the Middle East. At this stage Australian troops had withdrawn from Gallipoli and were operating against […]

Engraving of Early Pacific Exploration from 1683

This very attractive engraving by Allain Mallet comes from the first French edition of ‘Description de l’Univers’. It illustrates Cocos Island (Tafahi), Traitors Island (Niuatoputapu) as well as Jacob le Maire and Willem Schouten, who  were the first Europeans to visit the Northern Tonga islands in 1616.

Africa in 1837

Shows Africa prior to extensive European Exploration or Colonialisation. Mt Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria are yet to be discovered and the the only significant European settlements are the Cape Colony and French Algeria.

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    At Historical Cartography we travel the world searching for the most interesting and significant original antique maps. We have maps featuring all areas of the globe from Medieval times until the 20th Century.
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