Internet Guide for Chinese Studies Newsletter
23 Feb 2002 (Hanno Lecher)

New in IGCS - Geography:

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Ed./Corp.: David Rumsey Collection, San Francisco, CA, USA
Language: English.

Self description: "The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection focuses on
rare 18th and 19th century North and South America cartographic history
materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also
represented. The collection categories include old and antique atlas, globe,
school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall,
children and manuscript maps."

Description: As of Feb 2002, the collection contains some 6500 maps. The
collection can be searched by country, state, publication author, keywords,
or any other data field from the metadata records. Maps are presented in
various resolutions, depending on how far you zoom in. Each map is
accompanied by a set of metadata including bibliographical information as
well as very knowledgable descriptions of each item.
A quick search on China found 14 maps (oldest: 1747, most recent: 1922), all
from Western origin. Additional maps are available on: China/Burma;
China/India; China/Japan; China/Kazakhstan; China/Korea; China/Mongolia;
China/Taiwan; China/Thailand (one to several maps each).
Facit: A highly professional site managed by a team of experienced map

Note: The site offers access via Insight" Browser for standard Web browsers
such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. For professional
functionality additional software (Insight" Java Client) can be downloaded

Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (18 Feb 2002) by Phil
Hoehn, David Rumsey Collection, San Francisco, CA, USA.


With kind regards,

Hanno Lecher ([log in to unmask])



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