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Map Collection (Exploration and Travel)

The map collection consists of about 6,000 maps and 500 atlases, dating from 1556 to 1940. The collection strengths are discovery and exploration of North America, Montreal and Europe. Early atlases include Claudius Ptolemy's Geografia (Padua, 1620-1621), Thomas Porcacchi's L'Isole piu famuso del Mondo (Padua, 1620), and Andreas Cellarius's Harmonia macrocosmica (Amsterdam: Jansson, 1661). Significant maps in the collection include plates from the atlases of Willem Blaeu, Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius.

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