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Old maps available in Image Collections

Published on
March 9, 2017

A beautiful collection of 580 old and mostly hand-coloured topographical maps has been added to the database Image Collections of Wageningen University & Research.

The oldest maps date from c.1570 and the youngest from c.1860. The collection focuses on the Netherlands and contains interesting polder maps of Dutch Water Boards, including the beautiful atlas of Florisz. Balthasars.

Maps dating from after 1850 have not yet been digitized. These include a large collection of modern topographical maps (1850-now, scales 1:25,000 and 1:50,000) and a thematic map series on hydrology, geology, geomorphology, and soil maps. These maps are described in the Library catalogue. This year the Alterra Map Database will also be migrated to the Image Collections.

All the maps can be studied in the Reading Room of the Library’s Special Collections.

Some examples from the old maps collection:

Kaart van het hoogheemraadschap van Rijnland
Kaart van het hoogheemraadschap van Rijnland

Wageningen stadsplattegrond, c. 1698
Wageningen stadsplattegrond, c. 1698
Tetrachia ducatus Geldriae Ruremondana sive Hispanica, c. 1680
Tetrachia ducatus Geldriae Ruremondana sive Hispanica, c. 1680
Flandriae comitatus, 1598
Flandriae comitatus, 1598
Suriname, c. 1700
Suriname, c. 1700