Historic maps
September 29, 2004 3:18 AM   Subscribe

Historic cities - images and maps. [via monkeyfilter]
Also - historic maps of the UK, and many more. Map overload may occur.
posted by jb (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Neat. Thanks JB.

I hate the usage "historic cities" though. It's like all those signs around America: "Welcome to Historic Downtown ______". History happens, it is not a label.
posted by Dick Paris at 4:49 AM on September 29, 2004

Gorgeous. I have one reproduction of a map of Lucca and would love to assemble more of the same genre. My parents have a very nice one of Paris from the 1700's.

Anyone know of any good online sources for such reproductions?
posted by smcniven at 5:37 AM on September 29, 2004

Map overload indeeeeed. Thanks so much, jb, this is a sweet site.
posted by picea at 6:18 AM on September 29, 2004

DIck Paris: Don't worry, we've got it as bad right in the English heartlands. 'Historic Warwick' (and the UK county town is pronounced to rhyme with 'historic', not like Dione War-wick) has been in use for far too long.

But then I s'pose it is exceedingly historic what with a rather fine castle and all that kingmaker history behind it...

Great link tho' jb, thanks.
posted by i_cola at 6:33 AM on September 29, 2004

Thanks jb! I was just reading about the Paris of yore, so it's nice to be able to check out the city layout from 1572.

OT: i_cola, did you go to uni @ Warwick?
posted by shoepal at 7:01 AM on September 29, 2004

wowowow! amazing post!
posted by Satapher at 9:57 PM on September 30, 2004

Anyone know of any good online sources for such reproductions?

the images are pretty high resolution, put em on a disk and take them to kinkos
posted by Satapher at 10:00 PM on September 30, 2004

The images are very good, but not quite reproduction quality - for research for example (town names cannot be read, etc.) There are online shops selling reproductions - I believe that Genmaps (which caters to geneologists) links to some. If you are in the UK, you should visit your local county archive office. The one in Cambridge sells beautiful colour maps for two to four pounds each (small poster sized) - next time I am there, those are the souvenirs I am going to bring back for my relatives. The British Library sells large reproductions as well.
posted by jb at 10:31 PM on September 30, 2004

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