The Lanman Collection

More on Dr. Jonathan Lanman and his maps

1511, Venice, Bernardus Sylvanus. World

1532, Basle, Sebastian Munster. Typus Cosmographicus Universalis.

c. 1550, Basle, Sebastian Munster. Nova Graecia, secundum omnes eius regiones & provincias citra & ultra Hellespontum

c. 1570, Antwerp, Abraham Ortelius. Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni.
Tartary, the Empire of Ghengis Khan, and the Northwest coast of America; the first printed map to focus on that part of the world.

1575, Paris, Andre Thevet. Asie, from Cosmographie Universelle

1584, Antwerp, Abraham Ortelius. Chinae olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio.
Derived from a map by Ludovico Georgio (Luis Jorge de Barbuda). The first European atlas map of China.

c. 1588, Heinrich Buenting. Asia secunda pars terrae in forma Pegasir.
Asia in the shape of Pegasus, the mythical flying horse. From Buenting's Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, or Travels according to the Scriptures.

1593, Antwerp, Cornelius de Jode. China Regnum

1595, Gerardus Mercator. Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio
The first separate printed map of the North Pole.

1595, Abraham Ortelius, Iaponiae Insulae Descripto
From Ortelius' Theatrum

c. 1600, Abraham Ortelius. Islandia

1616, London, John Speed. Britain as it was divided in the tyme of the English Saxons

1626, London, John Speed. The Kingdome of China.

c. 1627, London, John Speed. A Newe Mape of Tartary.

1642, Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu. Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior

c. 1642, Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu. Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium
The mythical realm of King John Presbyter - or as he is more commonly known, Prester John - was a common element of European folklore since at least as far back as the twelfth century. His court, an idealized Christian stronghold in the midst of pagans, was originally said to be located somewhere in central Asia, and closely associated with China. From the fourteenth century onwards, however, it was increasingly indentified with Ethiopia, and the Coptic Christian rulers of that nation were said to be descendents of the original Prester John.

1662, Amsterdam, William Janszoon Blaeu Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae tabula
From the 1662 Latin edition of the Atlas Maior

1663, Amsterdam, William Janszoon Blaeu. Urbis Moskva
From the French edition of the Grande Atlas

1690, Edo, Ochikochi Doin. Route Map of the Tokaido Highway
One of five volumes of the Tokaido highway from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto. This is based on a map created in 1651 by Hojo Ujinaga on a government commission; Ochikochi Doin was a surveyor who worked for Hojo. The map was illustrated by the well-known ukiyo-e painter Hishikawa Moronobu, and despite the artistic representations of the scenery along the road, all distances are accurate at a scale of 1:12,000. Up to this time, illustrated "road map" scrolls were mainly decorative; this map is innovative in that it is a beautiful work in which cartographic accuracy has not been lost in the effort to produce art.

1702, Father E.F. Chino. Tabula Californiae

1752, Joseph Nicolas Delisle and Philippe Buache. Carte des Nouvelles Decouvertes

c. 1772, Paris, Gilles Robert de Vaugondy. Carte Generale des decouvertes de l'Amiral de Fonte.
From Diderot's Encyclopedia

1783, Nagakukbo Sekisui and Osei Soya. The Whole Map of Japan

1783, Map of Japan, October, Winter of the year of Miznoto-U, Third year of Tenmei

1792, Tabula Californiae, maker and place of origin unknown.

?19th Century, Korea. Kiang Sang Province

1801, Nagasaki. Shinkan Nagasaki No Zu [Newly Engraved Map of Nagasaki]

1870, Tokyo. World Atlas
This accordian-fold atlas has full-color maps of both hemispheres as well as a two-page map of each continent.
Eastern Hemisphere
Western Hemisphere
Asia - Western
Asia - Eastern
Europe (smaller range)
Europe (larger range)
North America
South America

1876, Maeda. Meiji Kaisei Dai Nippon Meisai Zenzu [Meiji Revision of a Detailed Map of Japan]

1892, T. Odzaki. Map of Yokohama