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,
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
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
The first separate printed map of the North Pole.
1595, Abraham Ortelius, Iaponiae Insulae
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.
Asia - Western
Asia - Eastern
Europe (smaller range)
Europe (larger range)
1876, Maeda. Meiji Kaisei Dai Nippon Meisai Zenzu [Meiji Revision of a Detailed Map of Japan]
1892, T. Odzaki. Map of Yokohama