The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection focuses on 18th and 19th century North and South American cartographic materials. The collection includes atlases, globes, school geographies, maritime charts, and a variety of separate maps including pocket, wall, children's and manuscript maps. The online selection is an expanding cross section of images designed to highlight the depth and breadth of the collection.
From a nucleus of 20,000 maps acquired with the RDS Library and the Joly Library in 1877, the National Library's collection of maps has grown to approximately 150,000 items. The collection is predominantly Irish but there are maps which relate to Britain, Europe and the world at large
Map accessed from the David Rumsey Collection (image #
Hiberniae V Tabula. Creators:
Mercator, Gerhard, and
Hondius, Iodocus. 1607