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Vintage Infodesign [41]

Mapping and visualizing the world before the digital age

October 14, 2013

This post is brought to you by Infographic World.

 

Another week on the way, and another collection of vintage visualizations here on Visual Loop. And this time, our introduction is dedicated to an old Portuguese map book, dated back to 1635, with which we start our round-up.

In 1632, under the Philippine Dynasty, Philip IV of Spain ordered the Viceroy of India State, D. Fernando de Noronha, that a detailed manuscript with all the fortresses under their jurisdiction in East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Far East. D. Fernando, in 1633, charged the official chronicler of India and the State Guard chief of the Royal Archive of Goa, Antonio Bocarro, with the task of creating the manuscript, soon to be known as ‘O livro das plantas de todas as fortalezas, cidades e povoacoes do estado da India Oriental’ (The book of blueprints of all forts, towns and villages of the state of Eastern India).

The book is one of the most appreciated documents in the Évora Public Library, due to its historical importance, as well as the aesthetic beauty of the 52 blueprints illustrated by Pedro Barreto de Resende, like these ones:

Cochim Fortress (1635) | António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende

(image: António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende)

(Via)

Cananor Fortress (1635) | António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende

(image: António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende)

(Via)

Baçaim Fortress (1635) | António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende

(image: António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende)

(Via)

Mombaça Fortress (1635) | António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende

(image: António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende)

(Via)

Adventures in the world (1954) | James Fisher

(image: James Fisher)

(Via)

Transcontinental Air Travelers (1929) | Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc

(image: Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc)

(Via)

German and British losses at the Battle of Jutland (1916) | Bauernfreund

(image: Bauernfreund)

(Via)

Carte du Tendre (Map of Love)

(image: Carte du Tendre (Map of Love))

(Via)

Time of All Nations (1906) | W. & A.K. Johnston Limited

(image: W. & A.K. Johnston Limited)

(Via)

The Turner’s Manual (1864) | Louis Georges Isaac Salivet

(image: Louis Georges Isaac Salivet)

(Via)

The Reign of Portugal (c1690) | Vincenzo Maria Coronelli

(image: Vincenzo Maria Coronelli)

(Via)

Great Trading Routes of the Sahara (1864) | E. Blanc

(image: E. Blanc)

(Via)

Mississippi Valley And Its Fortifications (1863) | E.R. Pulling

(image: E.R. Pulling)

(Via)

Maderas and Canary Islands (1787) | Thomas Jefferys

(image: Thomas Jefferys)

(Via)

The ABC’s of Tracerlab’s Business (1947) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via)

Guantanamo River in Cuba (1741) | John Thomas the Elder

(image: John Thomas the Elder)

(Via)

Aspects of British Trade (1864) | J. G. Bartholomew

(image: J. G. Bartholomew)

(Via)

We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams. Meanwhile, you might want to visit our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these examples.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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