British Library to put large Dutch atlas online

Here’s an interesting history/archive news item for you. We have noted before this digitalization project by the British Museum, but now they are about to digitize the second largest map in the world – from the collection of King George III!

Here’s a part of that story as taken from the source below. Visit the link to read more and visit the British Museum link to view the maps already available online.

The British Library in London is a quarter of the way through a major project to re-catalogue, digitise and conserve a 50,000-strong map collection assembled by Britain’s famous collector-king, George III (1738-1820). Among the objects to be digitally photographed is the world’s second largest atlas, which measures a huge 1.8m by 2.3m.

The Klencke Atlas, named after the Dutch sugar merchant Johannes Klencke, who presented it to Charles II in 1660, contains 41 large-scale maps made in the 1620s and 1630s, a period known as the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. The maps were intended to hang on the wall, but were bound into one giant book.

Source: British Library to put very big royal atlas online

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