The World Image in Maps – From the Old Ages to Mercator

  • Mirjanka Lechthaler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Studying the Australian aborigines’ ‘dreamtime’ maps or engravings from Dutch cartographers of the 16th century, one can lose oneself in their beauty. Casually, cartography is a kind of art. Visualization techniques, precision and compliance with reality are of main interest. The centuries of great expeditions led to today’s view and mapping of the world. This chapter gives an overview on the milestones in the history of cartography, from the old ages to Mercator’s map collections. Each map presented is a work of art, which acts as a substitute for its era, allowing us to re-live the circumstances at that time.


Goat Skin World Image Opus Magnum Geographic Grid Cartographic Representation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mirjanka Lechthaler
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  1. 1.Institute of Geoinformation and Cartography Vienna University of TechnologyAustria

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