Map of the Month – March 2011

I’m very excited to introduce “Map of the Month,” a new feature on the BHS Blog. Every month, we will showcase a different map from our collection, from subway maps of the 1940s to property maps of the 1820s. Look for our featured maps on the 1st Monday of every month.

For March, I’m starting with a personal favorite. This map dates from approximately 1684 and shows New Netherland and New England. It is attributed to Nicholas Visscher and is lavishly illustrated, containing drawings of wildlife and Native American villages, as well as a view of New Amsterdam. Enjoy!

Novi Belgii : Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginiae tabula multis in locis emendata. Nicolas Visscher. ca. 1655. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.

Novi Belgii : Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginiae tabula multis in locis emendata. Nicolas Visscher. ca. 1684. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.

(View this map as a PDF file to show more detail)

Interested in seeing more maps? You can view the BHS map collection anytime during the library’s open hours, Wed.-Fri., from 1-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to view most maps. Our cataloged maps can be searched through BobCat and our map inventories through Emma.

Map of the Month is a part of a project to catalog our map holdings, funded through the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections program. If you would like to help us do more of this kind of work with our exciting map holdings, donate here.

Carolyn

About Carolyn

Carolyn is the Project Map Cataloger on a grant-funded project until May 2012. When not reveling in all things cartographic, she enjoys knitting and exploring Brooklyn.
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2 Responses to Map of the Month – March 2011

  1. Dave says:

    I’ve used digital copies of this map quite a bit as a fourth grade teacher during our New Amsterdam unit. Any idea how I might get a large print of this?

  2. Todd says:

    That is a fantastic map. I believe it was featured in last year’s Ex Lab exhibit about Jasper Danckaerts 1679 journey through what was to become Brooklyn (http://www.brooklynhistory.org/exhibitions/pages_past.html#start). Thanks much for the higher-res .pdf link so we can see the wonderful illustrations.

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