World Map 1689 — No. 1

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    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!



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    1. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      Jibby! — Those little margin drawings in Mad magazine were called Drawn Out Dramas by Sergio Aragonés. An artist named Tom Richmond has a MAD Magazine blog that has some interesting things in it.

    2. Pete Zarria 64 months ago | reply

      Thank you Chuck. Did you realize you have the heart & soul of the reference Librarian?

    3. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      Pete Zarria ❄ — They're skills I picked up in the pre-Internet age. [start old, creaky voice] When I was a kid we had to know how to use Books in Print and the Readers Guide to Periodical Literature and the card catalog at the library.

    4. Pete Zarria 64 months ago | reply

      The card catalog. How I miss those. I took reference librarianship (post grad) while a senior at Iowa. Worked in the University Libraries as a work study. Should have stayed.

      That's how I recognized your talent.

    5. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      Pete Zarria ❄ — That sounds fascinating. I would love to be a librarian at a university. When I was a student at Cal Poly Pomona I was going to spend a month in a small Nahuatl (Indian) village near San Luis Potosi, Mexico. I actually found a huge Nahuatl-English dictionary from the late 1800s in the Indian dictionaries section of the library. And in their map collections, they had a topo map that showed the location of the village. john4kc also strikes me as someone who could find his way around a library. Although I suspect he's not old enough to know what a card catalog is.

    6. Pete Zarria 64 months ago | reply

      John, I think you bin dissed as a yung un.

      Chuck, what an adventure that would have been. It sure would beat being in Iowa City. You know, you could have been an ethnologist, etc. If you're any good at pumping out BS, it can be a nice career. Pays OK, no heavy lifting.

      I wish I could remember what college it was, but they study sea life and about a certain island in the Caribbean. There are some great gigs out there. You could be spending oodles of time in Baja.

    7. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      Pete Zarria ❄ — I would love to be a real anthropologist or linguist. I've been lucky enough to be invited to linguistic sessions each week. Three of us meet with a Serrano elder and go over old stories, taking turns reading them in the Serrano language. I hope he doesn't mind me giving away his secret, but marctonysmith is a real linguist, i.e., he actually gets paid for being there. I am sooo jealous! When I lived in Peach Springs, Arizona (Hualapai Reservation), I got that linguist job because I knew how to write software and maintain networks. The needed a computer guy[1] and I wanted to play linguist.

      [1] qambaybu:jo ba (if I remember correctly) — qambay = brain; bu:jo = place where you store something; ba = man

    8. Pete Zarria 64 months ago | reply

      I suppose they like to see at least a Masters for that work. Meanwhile you are deep into a Ph.D. thesis. I'll bet you never thought of it that way.

      One of my work study jobs at Iowa was reviewing Doctoral theses presented to the University Grad School. I read them for consistency and format. Pretty dry usually, but every now & then there was something good.

    9. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      Pete Zarria ❄ — When I start on my Ph.D. thesis I'll send you a copy. Right now I only have a B.S. degree. ;-)

    10. Sunderland Photographer John Galloway 64 months ago | reply

      Brought back memories for me my late Aunt had one of these on her wall.

    11. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      HotshotsSR1 — She had good taste! I've thought about taking this down to the local camera shop and having it blown up for a wall decoration.

    12. Pratham Books 61 months ago | reply

      Hey, thanks for sharing this lovely map. It is incredibly beautiful.

      Have used this image for this blog post:

    13. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 61 months ago | reply

      Pratham Books — You're welcome. Thanks for visiting. I'm looking forward to seeing the World Digital Library.

    14. Rukia13 46 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo. Used it for this article: Find Online World Maps . Thanks!

    15. Jamie Felton Photo 46 months ago | reply

      thats a great photo of a cool map!

    16. timothychughes 43 months ago | reply

      I used the photo in a blog post over here. It is attributed. You OK with this?

    17. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 43 months ago | reply

      timothychughes — No problem.

    18. John P Muldoon 24 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the image and CC license. I am using it on my blog here:

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