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The following information defines the meaning and scope of terms and concepts used in the descriptive records for the maps in this digital collection. The information also provides users new to rare maps the context for understanding the physical parts of a map as well as the elements of its composition and publication. The information has been organized into relevant  categories.

Physical Parts of Maps

Map Production and Publication

Elements within maps

Map Perspective

Works Consulted and Cited For This Glossary

Manasek, Francis J. Collecting Old Maps. Norwich, VT: Terra Nova Press, 1998.

Moreland, Carl and David Bannister. “Antique Maps: A Collector's Handbook.” New York:
Longman Group, Ltd., 1983.

Skelton, R.A. “Decorative Printed Maps of the 15th to 18th Centuries; a Revised Edition of Old Decorative
Maps and Charts, by A. L. Humphreys.” London: Staples Press, 1952.

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