CartographeRs’ AtlaSes

mprove design :: 2020

Early Atlases

1375 Portulaan 1527 Agnese Battista 1542 Lucas Waghenaer 1586 Portolan 1590


–sorted roughly by time–

Claudius Ptolemæus

Claudius Ptolemy (c100 - c170)

Chronoscope’s oldest map is Ptolemæus’ page about the Adria – drawn in c1250:

Adria 1250 Ptolemy’s maps

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Usually not known as a cartographer – but is there anything a genius like Leonardo can not do?

Imola 1502

Johannis Meyer

Nordfriesland & Helgoland

Sebastian MünsterSebastian Münster

Mitnächtige Länder 3 maps

Nicolaum Visscher

Nicolaes Visscher (1618 - 1679)
and his son Nicolaes Visscher II (1649 - 1702)

13 maps, e.g. Flandern 1690

Iohannes Babtiste Homannus

Johann Homann (1664 - 1724) and the company Homanniani Heredes

33 maps, e.g. Russia 1715

30 maps by Homannianis Heredibus e.g. Italy 1742

Jean Cóvens & Corneille Mortier

5 maps, e.g. Mantua 1700

Justus Danckerts

3 maps

Jean Jacob Scheuchzer


J. G. Schreibern

7 maps

Matthäus Seutter

Matthäus Seutter (1678 - 1757)

Seutter has learned the craft of cartography at the company of Johann Homann. He moved back to his home town Augsburg to start his own map making company.

30 maps, e.g. London 1741

Petrus Schenk

2 maps

Pieter Schenk

9 maps

A.F.W. Crome

Carte von Europa

Benjamin Baker / Franz

Altona, Hamburg, Hannover

Otto Hasenbanck

2 maps Elbe & Hamburg

Gabriel Bodenehr

7 maps

Thomas Jeffrey


Joan Blaeu

2 maps

C.W. Gerlach

2 maps on Leipzig

Heinrich K. Berghaus


W.B. Clarke

W.B. Clarke (1806 - 1865)

e.g. Dublin 1853

John Felix Jones

3 maps Iraq

William Lindley

Wasserkunst und Eisenbahn für Hamburg

Jules Verne

Jules Verne maps

John Snow

Cholera in London 1854

James Wyld


F.v. Stülpnagel

1858 1859

Georg Michel Bauerkeller

4 maps

Xaver Imfeld

2 maps Swiss Alps

Hans Steffen

Hans Steffen (1865 - 1936)

e.g. Patagonia 1913

Max Uhle

Max Uhle (1856-1944), archaeologist and linguist

>> Tracing Max Uhle


Frankfurt - Dresden

Erwin RaiszErwin Raisz

Erwin Raisz (1893 - 1968)

15 maps, e.g. From Lubeck to Milan from the 1960s

Kai Krause

The True Size Of Africa by Kai Krause

Just a reminder that the Mercator projection – also used by the Chronoscope – does a terrible job to preserve the relative sizes of countries and continents. In fact Greenland’s north-south distance is only 1.7 times the distance of Madagascar;
2,650 km for Greenland vs. 1,600 km for Madagascar


Alexander von Humboldt

e.g. Ein Naturgemälde der Anden 1807

>> ChronoAlex

Charles-Joseph Minard

Charles-Joseph Minard

e.g. Napoleon’s war against Moscow 1869

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