Antique Maps of the World

More than a map, it is a kind of encyclopedia lifestyle: their -of pictographs, among other things, walruses, whaling schooners, kayaks and shamans portray hunting scenes and moments of the daily routine of the inhabitants of the peninsula Chukchi, in northeast Asia, located in the Bering Strait, Russia.

Antique Maps of the World

For its part, the aerodynamic map Harry Beck’s London Underground in 1933, expresses very well the appetite for innovative modernity of Great Britain of the early twentieth century.

That was also the time when the until then congestionada- Ordance Survey began to take off.

“It was not until the interwar period in the first half of the twentieth century, when the OS really seeped into the public imagination-and his affection as a synonym for hiking,” says Rachel Hewitt, author of “Map of a nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey”. Find the world maps on

“This is due to its production of easily transportable maps; beautiful paper maps that took advantage of the cultural craze for exploration of British landscapes,” he says.

“The Final Frontier”

Today, cartographers are less concerned about the distance and material objects . Instead, detailing everything related to networking and connectivity, including global real – time use and social networks like Twitter and Facebook, which change every second.

In doing so, like other previous graphics in time, these new maps reflect the concerns of the era in which they occur; in this case, the “Information Age”.

Sometimes, some artists have lampooned the inherently skewed perspective of the maps.

“The View of the World from Ninth Avenue” Saul Steinberg was on the cover of the New Yorker magazine in 1976.

This infamous “map” gives prominence to Manhattan absurd in the foreground, while the background image is composed of large tracts of land from the Hudson River to the Pacific Ocean and beyond.

This “map” is incomplete until the end: Mexico and Canada, for example, are just small dots on an empty space left to right.

Steinberg taunted about how close can be individual perspectives when we see the world.

Still, many experts say are living in the golden age of cartography.

“My favorite maps are those produced by the Human Connectome Project, showing networks of white matter in the brain,” he tells BBC John Hessler, a specialist in modern cartography of the Library of Congress in Washington DC, who wrote the introduction -before mentioned- the new book by Phaidon.

“These are the roads and power lines that connect the gray matter known, thanks to which we think and act. For me, are evidence of the last frontier of mapping-the final map on ourselves and represent a project cartographical never seen in the history of mankind. ”