Get to know the collection as we explore the stories behind the creation of these maps, atlases, and books through our series of videos, podcasts, and virtual reality tours.

A magnificent portolan atlas by Batista Agnese

This atlas is in its original Agnese binding, and it can confidently be stated that the order of the sheets is just as Agnese originally produced it: it contains the more or less standard preliminary pages found in most Agnese atlases, including a table of the declination on the sun, an armillary sphere, and a circular zodiacal calendar.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics

Daniel Crouch talks about the earliest and greatest exponents of cartographic data visualization as part of the lecture series portion of the San Francisco Map Fair 2018.

Show me a map by Tin Pan

Celebrating our fifth anniversary, we hope you enjoy the video and soundtrack, which has been specially written for the occasion by our favourite New York band: Tin Pan.

Matteo Ricci’s monumental world map of 1602

London map expert Daniel Crouch lectures on the Ricci map at the MIA. This lecture is co-presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library and the James Ford Bell Library of the University of Minnesota Libraries.