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By means of numerous examples, this paper traces the early history of “geomaps” from the Renaissance to the early decades of the nineteenth century, considering in general terms the purposes for which the maps were compiled or the interests of the mapmakers. It is shown that a distinct change of style occurred approximately in the period from ca. A.D. 1760 to 1770, when maps changed from being pictorial (in various different ways) to diagrammatic. Following some early Italian work, the initial development of geomapping occurred particularly in the German-speaking parts of Central Europe and was chiefly associated with the work...

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