The History of Cartography Project

The series focuses on the use of maps as significant sources of information about the near and distant past and as a basis for humanistic study. To date, the Project has published four volumes in six books: 1: Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (1987) 2.1: Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (1992) 2.2: Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies (1995) 2.3: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies (1998) 3: Cartography in the European Renaissance (2007) 4. Cartography in the European Enlightenment (2019) 6: Cartography in the Twentieth Century (2015). All parts of Volumes One, Two, Three, and Six are accessible at no cost online at Like Volume Four, Volume Five will be released in both print and e-book editions. Both volumes will be available online in due course.


The History of Cartography Project is a research, editorial, and publishing venture drawing international attention to the history of maps and mapping. The Project's major work is the multi-volume History of Cartography series.

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