Early Modern Caricature Maps

The Boston Globe points to Donna Seger’s blog entry in which she has collected caricature maps from the early modern period. “The shift from conceptual to more realistic cartography in the early modern era is a very evident and important trend, but early modern mapmakers retained a bit of whimsy when they produced maps in the form of plants, animals and humans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.” My impression had been that caricature maps were a quintessentially late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century phenomenon — and indeed Seger includes many familiar examples from that period — so the early ones are interesting.

Previously: Keith Thompson’s Caricature Map of Europe; Even More Caricature Maps; Adidas’s Impossible Map; More Caricature Maps from World War I; A Japanese Caricature Map of the World; Angling in Troubled Waters.

Comments