Europe's largest antiquarian map fair opens in London next week, providing a glimpse of the creative ways cartographers drew the landscape hundreds of years ago.
Dating from the 15th to 19th centuries, highlights include a map of the universe by seventeenth-century Venetian cartographer Coronelli, revealing the Nine Circles of Hell of Dante’s Divine Comedy, as well as a curiosity map of Europe depicting each country as a caricature.
An example Ogilby’s 17th century road map which marks all the inns, churches and other notable landmarks on the road from London to Portsmouth – the course of the modern A3 – will also feature. As will the earliest surviving printed plan of London, dated 1574.
London Map Fair opens 11-12 June 2011 at the Royal Geographical Society, www.londonmapfairs.com