About Antique Maps
Printed maps were usually published in atlases or in
descriptive books like Camden's Britannia, which was the
best-selling book of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, outselling even the Bible.
They are also found in Histories, Guidebooks and in some 18th century
Maps are usually identified by the name of the publisher
and also by the title of the book in which they first appeared.
Brief details of both are given below the maps illustrated on this
You can find out a lot more about antique maps and
map-makers from our book or CD or e-Book
The Antique County Maps of Cumberland
which describes and illustrates about 150 maps of the county.
Although describing Cumberland maps, the information given applies to
all English counties.