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Below are the maps from the “Unconventional Maps” exhibition. The two earliest maps, dated from the mid-1500s, portray an upside-down Africa and a Jerusalem-centered world divided into three continents. Also represented are elaborately decorated 17th-century world maps, classic 19th century bird’s eye views, as well as more contemporary educational, cartoon, propaganda, pictorial and journalistic maps.

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Andreas Cellarius,
Coeli Stellati Christiani Hæmisphærum Prius, 1661
The World Turned Upside Down, 2005
Giacomo Gastaldi,
Prima Tavola, 1554
The World’s Most Populous Countries, 2003
Heinrich Bünting, Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat … 1581 The City of Boston, 1783
Joseph F.W. Des Barres,
A View of Boston, 1779
The White Mountains of New Hampshire, 1937
Franklin Leavitt,
Leavitt’s map with
views of the White
Mountains
, 1871
G. W. Morris,
Bird’s Eye View of the White Mountains, 1890
Bird’s Eye View from the Summit of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, 1902 Christiaan van Adrichem,
Jerusalem, et suburbia eius, 1572 – 1617
Joseph Churchman,
The Eagle Map of the United States, 1833
Ernest Dudley Chase,
The United States as Viewed by California (very unofficial), 1940
Ernest Dudley Chase
and Stephen York,
A Pictorial Map of Loveland, 1943
Kisaburo Ohara
A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia, 1904
John F. Waite,
Uncle Sam’s Family Tree, 1900
Imperial Federation, Map of the World Showing the Extent of the British Empire in 1886, 1866
Richard Edes Harrison,
The World According to Standard (N.J.), 1940
Franciscus Verhaer,
Geographica Restituta per Globi Trientes … ca. 1618
Nova Orbis Terrarum
Delineatio Singulari
Ratione Accommodata
Meridiano Tabb.
Rudolphi Astronomicarum
,
after 1658
Novus Planiglobii Terrestris per Utrumque Polum Conspectus, ca. 1695
Henri Abraham Châtelain,
Carte très curieuse de la Mer du Sud … 1719