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Vintage Maps Knowledgebase

At Mapchest we’re passionate about cartography and its history and we’re building our Vintage Maps Knowledgebase as a go to resource for all things map related. So, if you’re interested to know which cartographer stowed away to sea and ended up as the King’s Geographer, or what ‘copper plate intaglio’ actually means or indeed how Mercator’s projection worked then you’ve come to the right place.

We’re constantly adding to the knowledgebase and, where possible, will provide links to give you the opportunity to buy maps by the cartographer in question. So go ahead and browse the articles or use the search box to find something specific and find out more about the fascinating world of cartography.


The Men and Women Behind the Maps

Tools and Techniques

Map Making Down The Centuries


Seminal Moments in the History of Map Making