To hear about a detailed map of the New World dated back to 1504 is enough to get any cartography aficionado paying attention. But when that map is in fact a globe, and engraved on an ostrich egg (!), you’d probably triple-check to see if you actually got it right the first time.
As reported by Meeri Kim for The Washington Post, “the globe, about the size of a grapefruit, is labeled in Latin and includes what were considered exotic territories such as Japan, Brazil and Arabia.” It was found by Stefaan Missinne, an Austrian collector who published a comprehensive analysis of the globe on the journal of the Washington Map Society.
We open today’s Vintage InfoDesign with a snapshot of this amazing artifact, and in the Post’s website you’ll find a slideshow with high resolution pictures.
New World Globe (1504)
A Hydrographical and Chorographical Chart of the Philippine Islands (1734) | Pedro Murillo Velarde
(Via World Digital Library)
Hampshire (1947) | Ernest Clegg
(Via Rare Maps)
Map of New York City’s Central Park (1860) | Frederick Law Olmsted
(Via Big Map Blog)
The National Political Chart (1861) | H.H. Lloyd
Connections With Main Line Termini (1947) | Henry C. Beck
Martin Ocean Transport (1936) | Fortune Magazine
(Via Full Table)
Map South America (1558) | Diogo Homem
Skyrocketing to Mars (1928) | Modern Mechanix
(Via Modern Mechanix)
SS Camberra (1960) | Laurence Dunn
(Via SS Camberra)
Hope you’ve enjoyed this selection! We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams. Meanwhile, you might want to check our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of the examples featured here, every week.