I love the artwork found on old maps. The Auto Club map makers could take lessons on map making from van Schagen.
Gerard van Schagen produced this world map in 1689. It was made in Amsterdam using a copper engraving method and hand colored. It comes from an extremely rare set of maps, only known in one other example in the Amsterdam University. There are no copies in American libraries. The size of the original map is 19.02 x 22.05 inches (48.3 x 56.0 cm). The digital image I have is 4,560 x 3,936 pixels.
Update 1: This image was used to accompany an article by Colin Shevlin, MAPS Meeting, on the Saint Louis University website on February 6, 2009.
Update 2: This image was used to accompany an article entitled World Digital Library to Launch, on Monday, April 6, 2009.
Update 3: This photo was #306 on Flickr's Explore page on January 10, 2009. Woohoo!