Historical Maps

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     There are many aspects to the art and science of cartography which have been portrayed on postage stamps. Among them the understanding of the world we live in as it is described by maps, and the development of the techniques and instruments to translate that understanding into visible form is well covered by the stamps issued by the nations of the world. While maps go back into the dim past, the history of cartography as an attempt to reflect the nature of the world really begins with Claudius Ptolemy, and continues into the 18th century. After that it is primarily a matter of detail.
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Arranged by Cartographer or Publisher
Batista Agnese Huyck Allert
Philipp Apian Audiencia of Guatemala
Vakhushti Bagrationi Willem Barentsz Martin Behaim
Jacques Nicholas Bellin Johannes Blaeu Willem Jansz. Blaeu

Bodega y Quadra

Louis Antoine de Bougainville Pierre Bourgoin
Emanuel Bowen Braun and Hogenburg Theodore de Bry
Nicolai Caniero Alberto Cantino Jacques Cartier
Aloysius Cesanis Samuel de Champlain Cheng Ho
Bartolomeo Columbus Matteo Giovanni Contarini James Cook
Fr. Vincenzo Coronelli Juan de la Cosa Abraham Cresques
Ignazio Danti Lucas Debes Pierre Descaliers
Hendrick Doncker Hans Egede Manuoel Godhino de Erédia
Pablo Dias Faxardo Matthew Flinders

Montalboddo Fracanzano

João Freire Pedro de Gamboa William Gardner
Giacomo Gastaldi Nicholaas van Geelkerken

Henricus Martellus Germanus

Hessel Gerritsz Pieter Goos Diego Gutiérrez
Samuel Hearne Johann Jacob Heber

Henry the Navigator

Diogo Homem Lopo Homem

Pedro Reinel

Jodocus Hondius Johannes Honterus al-Idrisi
Gerard de Jode Pieter van den Keere Johannes van Keulen
Peter Kosler   Jan van Linschoten
Sebastião Lopes Lázaro Luís Johan Maansson
Johan MacGregor Ahmed ben Maged Olaus Magnus

Henricus Martellus 

Joan Martines John Mason
Medaba Mosaic Pedro de Medina Diego Mendez
Gerhard Mercator Rudolf Maister Willem Mogge
 Sebastian Münster Bartolomeo De Oliva Abraham Ortelius
J. Ottens Peutinger Simão Antonio  Pinheiro
William Pless Piri Reis Petrus Plancius
Claudius Ptolemy Jorge Reinel Pedro Reinel
Don Francisco Requena Diego Ribero Matteo Ricci
Jan Cateau van Rosevelt Rudimentum Novitorum  Serapino Salviate
John Seller Christiaan Sgrooten The Skåholt Map
Daniel Friedrich Sotzmann Inō Tadataka Abel Janszoon Tasman
Gabriel Tatton Luis Teixeira Guillaume Le Testu 
David Thompson John Thomson Paolo Toscanelli
Fray Andrés de Urdaneta George Vancouver Mecia de Viladestes
Nicolaus Jansz Visscher Martin Waldseemüller Wright-Molyneux
  Unidentified Old Maps  

Antique Maps

Island California


Nootka Sound

Portolan Charts

Battle of Rabot

Fudadero de Refugio