Historical & Rare Maps

The historical and rare maps in the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection span the years between 1486 and the end of the Cold War in 1990. The oldest map in the collection was published in Johannes Reger's 1486 edition of Ptolemy's Cosmographia. The collection is an indispensible teaching resource providing students with the opportunity to examine cartography as not just a tool for navigation, but as a work of art, an expression of power, a cultural worldview, and a chronicle of scientific advancement. Original maps may be viewed in the Library's Archives & Research Collections Division. High resolution, scanned images of the maps are available to be viewed online and freely downloaded for non-commercial purposes. You may also download a series of lectures on historical cartography by McMaster University Library's Map Specialist, Gord Beck.


Historical & Rare Maps

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