A map says to you, ‘Read me carefully,
follow me closely, doubt me not.’
It says, ‘I am the earth in the palm of your hand.
Without me, you are alone and lost.’
– Beryl Markham, West with the Night /via
Chronoscope World is a time machine to explore the history of the world, browsing maps from the 13th until the 20th century. More than 2,000 high-resolution maps can be displayed in a maps application on the correct geographic location.
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Watch the demo to get a quick introduction:
The search command finds the best fitting maps for the current view port. Results are presented as previews on a map table:
All outlines can be displayed at once for a fast overview. Filters can be applied for a time interval, the map scale or the library’s signature:
ChronoAtlas is a web portal to access the meta data for historical maps in the collection of Leibnitz Institut für Länderkunde in specific. You can search and filter for any kind of information.
More detailed info is available at the Time Traveler’s Help Page.
Chronoscope World is based on Chronoscope Hamburg by broadening the perspective to the entire planet and by incorporating approx. 1,200 historical maps of the Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde IfL. Several libraries have digitized and opened up their map collections, and provide means to use the maps inside the Chronoscope. As a result more than 2.000 high-quality maps from more than 42 institutions have been made available.