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Early examples of visualization, cartography and data journalism

August 22, 2016

Mapping the Medieval World in Islamic Cartography” is one of the 258 episodes (at the time of this publication) in the archives of the Otoman History Podcast, a modest academic project that begun in 2011 and grew to become one of the largest digital resources for academic discussion concerning the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East.

In this episode, released in January, Nir Shafir sits down with Karen Pinto (Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Boise State University) to discuss the maps found in the cartographically illustrated Kitāb al-Masālik wa-al-Mamālik (known as the “Book of Routes and Realms”, a 9th-century atlas by the Persian geographer Ibn Khordadbeh) tradition and its influence on Ottoman cartography.

We begin our selection with a couple of maps featured in the podcast’s description, followed by our regular round up with an assorted mix of vintage examples of data visualization.

Picture of the World (c870) | Ibn Khordadbeh

(image: Ibn Khordadbeh)

(Via Otoman History Podcast)

Map of Mediterranean (c870) | Ibn Khordadbeh

(image: Ibn Khordadbeh)

(Via Otoman History Podcast)

The nations of nations (1942) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Portugalliae Que Olim Lusitania (1610) | Jodocus Hondius

(image: Jodocus Hondius)

(Via Rare Maps)

U.S. Territorial Populations (1917) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

This is Ann … she drinks blood (1943) | Theodor Seuss Geisel

(image: Theodor Seuss Geisel)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Herbarium (1613) | Szymon Syreński

(image: Szymon Syreński)

(Via Wikimedia)

Table Chronologique De L’Histoire Ancienne (1790) | Antoine Sandi, Joseph Bonatti

(image: Antoine Sandi, Joseph Bonatti)

(Via Rare Maps)

Popularity of Women’s weapons (1900) | The Chicago Tribune

(image: The Chicago Tribune)

(Via Above chart)

Fly Fishing (1946) | John Atherton for Fortune magazine

(image: John Atherton for Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Tabula Anemographica seu Pyxis Navtica (1650) | Johannes Jansson

(image: Johannes Jansson)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Newspapers and Periodicals in the USA (1882) | S. N. D. North

(image: S. N. D. North)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

A synopsis of the universe, or, the visible world epitomiz’d (1742) | Thomas Wright

(image: Thomas Wright)

(Via Library of Congress)

Beijing (1938) | John Kirk Sewall

(image: John Kirk Sewall)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)


We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, with thousands of old maps and infographics.

Written by Tiago Veloso

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