About Antique Maps

Printed maps were usually published in atlases or in descriptive books like Camden's Britannia, which was the best-selling book of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, outselling even the Bible.
They are also found in Histories, Guidebooks and in some 18th century magazines.

Maps are usually identified by the name of the publisher or engraver
and also by the title of the book in which they first appeared.
Brief details of both are given below the maps illustrated on this website.

You can find out a lot more about antique maps and map-makers from our book or CD or e-Book
The Antique County Maps of Cumberland
which describes and illustrates about 150 maps of the county.
Although describing Cumberland maps, the information given applies to all English counties.

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