All of the cartographic images listed in
these indices have individual or group monographs that accompany them. These
illustrated monographs vary in length between one page and twenty-five pages
each. Basically they are my futile attempt to capture, in one place, all
of the significant information that I could find pertaining to each illustration.
This information usually includes: a description of what geographical featrures
and/or concepts are being displayed; pertinent historical background information;
the known location of the image; references used/consulted; the actual size
of the image; and anything else that I thought was interesting relative
to the map in question. The choice of which cartographic images are included
is purely personal. The sequence is basically chronological according to
the date of either the illustration, a "scholarly estimate" or,
if is a reproduction, facsimile, reconstruction or interpretive re-drawing
it is placed within the same time frame of the original; although you will
notice this is often deviated from in order to group certain maps into my
own sense of logic.
Therefore, these monographs primarily consist of information extracted and
synthesized from the documents listed below each monograph as "References"
and are in no way meant to represent any significant new research or scholarship
on my own part. On occasion I have inserted my own observations and/or conclusions.
All of the illustrated monographs for each major period (i.e., Ancient,
Early Medieval and Late Medieval) have been combined into a bound volume
(currently a total of three volumes). Each of these paper hard copies, which
contain more illustrations than are available here online, are available
Sorry there are not any "extra" bound versions
available due to reproduction costs (about $100 - $250 from the friendly
folks at Kinkos, plus leather binding costs).