Once in while, we use this space dedicated to old maps, charts, diagrams and graphics, to highlight a specific book or publication. And for today’s Vintage InfoDesign we picked one of the most impressive – and yet, never featured by us – statistics books of the early 1900s: The Atlas of the World’s Commerce, another one of the masterpieces available at the David Rumsey Map Collection website.
Published in 1907, by London-based “George Newnes, Ltd” and edited by J. G. Bartholomew, this was a “path breaking statistical atlas of world commerce, using imaginatively formatted maps and diagrams to show the immense growth and pattern of international trade at the beginning of the 20th century.”
We picked a couple of those diagrams and graphics to open this selection, followed by a series of other vintage visual goodies found online. Hope you enjoy!
Atlas of the World Commerce (1907) | J. G. Bartholomew
The relative distribution of men of talent in the larger cities (1908) | Popular Science
Japanese Sugoroku Pictorial Map of the World (1926)
(Via Rare Maps)
World – Population, Occupations and Climate (1923) | Institute of Social and Religious Research
Naryshkin family tree (c1700)
Plan of the attack of the Forts Clinton & Montgomery (1777) | John Hills, William Faden
(Via US Library of Congress)
The Garden of Mathematical Sciences (1670) | Francesco Curti
(Via JF Ptak Science Books)
Southern Norway (1911) | Emery Walker
The world’s globe circler (1890) | New York World
A New Map of Egypt (1805) | John Cary
(Via Rare Maps)
Detailed Map of West Point on the York River (1781)
(Via World Digital Library)
Chinese acupuncture chart (c1600)
That’s it for today’s Vintage InfoDesign! We’ll return next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.