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I am hoping for some direction. I am a graphic artist/color specialist for work and a visual artist for fun. That being said, I'm looking to get a really nice book about historic maps leaning towards the ones heavy with images and color.

I'm new to maps but they always captured my interest. I really love the artwork found on really old maps. I'm probably just not aware of a whole study that caters to this artwork and am hoping to start with the most widely recognized but also with anything strange.

I hope that makes sense. I am not concerned with money and understand most top quality art books are not cheap. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

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Not a book, but an online gallery... lots of old maps, but as I recall, most of them appeared "washed out", so maybe not what you are looking for.

http://www.davidrumsey.com/

Also I believe Univ. of Texas maintains a somewhat large online map gallery. NY Public Library also.

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Online galleries, too, in the historical section of my directory of map-related weblinks (but in french) :

http://w3.univ-tlse2...ex.php?m=c&c=13

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thanks for your help!

found some great stuff through those links.

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Here are some books from my collection:

Mapping the West, Paul Cohen, Rizzoli 2002

The Map Book, Peter Barber, Walker & Co

Cities of the World, Peter Whitfield, University of California Press 2005

Cartographica Extraordinaire, David Rumsey & Edith Punt, ESRI Press 2005

Hope this helps.




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