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Universe of Maps - Opening the David Rumsey Map Center

South Wall, Left Case

Views of the World - 1

A New and Correct Map of the World Projected upon the Plane of the Horizon Laid Down from the Newest Discoveries and Most Exact Observations. Charles Price and George Willdey. London: 1714
A double hemisphere map of the world, showing London at the center of the Eastern Hemisphere and its antipode at the center of the Western Hemisphere. California is shown as a large island with the areas to the north of it marked as “parts unknown.”
Pan American World Airways : The system of the Flying Clippers. Richard Edes Harrison. Place of publication unknown: 1947

Carte Tres Curieuse de la Mer Du Sud. Henri Abraham Chatelain. Amsterdam: 1719
This two-sheet map is centered on America, and shows the various trade and exploration routes in the Pacific and Atlantic. It appeared in Chatelain’s monumental Atlas Historique, published between 1705 and 1720 in 7 volumes, and is considered one of the best examples of cartography and graphic art combined.

Cartographers have long represented the world in maps. The projections, graphic methods, and viewpoints have varied over the centuries, depending both on the state of cartographic knowledge and on the purpose of the map. The 12 maps in these two cases all take unique approaches and each one is a world unto itself. On the screen between the cases is today’s Google Earth, which shows the entire earth using satellite imagery at multiple resolutions, giving us a dynamic worldview that is yet again changing how we see and think about our planet.