Realms of Gold: A Catalogue of Maps in the Library of the American Philosophical Society
Part II: Printed Maps -

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Table of contents Abstract
Realms of Gold overview

Murphy D. Smith created this guide to the map holdings of the American Philosophical Society in 1991. The guide is divided into four main sections:

The bulk of the maps described are found within the printed maps section, which is further subdivided by geographic location. The printed guide was digitized in 2005 and supplemented by the addition of a significant number of digital images of the maps described. These digital representations are maintained in JPEG2000 format, an emerging standard for image compression. Each entry for which there is a corresponding scan features a small thumbnail that links to the JPEG2000 image. Not every map in the collection was scanned for this project. Inventories of all the digitized maps may be found in the following locations:

Scope and content
The printed maps are arranged geographically according to the Dewey Decimal System. Each major subdivision is presented as a unique page as follows:

The printed maps are arranged in the order in which they were catalogued, which for the most part follows the Dewey Decimal area classification system. Within a given area or country they are arranged chronologically. "Wheat numbers" are given for maps cited in James Clement Wheat and Christian F. Brun's Maps and charts published in America before 1800. A bibliography. The printed maps are described as follows as the information warrants:
  • Date (date of reproduction is used for facsimiles)
  • Title or description (supplied titles are bracketed)
  • Number of pieces (if more than one)
  • Scale
  • Cartographer(s)
  • Engraver(s)
  • Size (neat line, plate impression, or size of paper; unless otherwise noted, measurements are taken from neat lines)
  • Inset(s)
  • Coloring
  • Provenance
  • Note (cross-references, bibliographical references, etc.)
  • Wheat number
  • Call number

Administrative information

Processing information
Murphy D. Smith created the original guide 1991; Ellen Foster edited the online version in 2005.

Contact information
American Philosophical Society
105 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386


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Detailed inventory

The Antarctic

101. [Three charts of the Antarctic (South Shetland Islands) comprising chart of Edward Bransfield, press mark "Ae 1 S92," Georges Bay, press mark "Ae 1 S90," and chart of New South Britain, discovered by Capt. Smith in the brig, "Williams," the 19th. February, 1819]. Great Britain. Hydrographic Department. [London: ca. 1822].
Cartographer: Edward Bransfield and Capt. Smith.
[ca. 1822]. Size: Various. (183.54: [ca. 1822]: G813ant Roller)

Photostats of the original documents in the Hydrographic Office, Great Britain.
See: Geographical Journal, XCIV, 315 (Oct. 1939): map C, and Geographical Review, XXXI, 491 (July 1941).

Provenance: Presented by J. A. Edgell, August 1941.

102. Bathymetric map of the Antarctic (southern Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans) compiled by the American Geographical Society of New York. New York: A. Hoen & Co.: 1929.
1929. Scale: 1:20,000,000. Size: 55.3 x 60 cm. colored, with a scale of submarine relief. (180: 1929: Am31bath Large)

103. Map of the Antarctic, compiled by the American Geographical Society of New York. Wilkins-Hearst Antarctic expedition 1928-1929. New York: 1929.
1929. Scale: 1:12,500,000. Size: 88 x 128 cm. Colored. (180: 1929: Am3lexp Roller)

Insets: Map of the Antarctic archipelago, showing route of Sir Hubert Wilkins's flight, 20 December 1928. Also, photographs of fiords, islands, etc.

Provenance: Presented by Isaiah Bowman, 1929.

104. Antarctica, compiled from all available sources to 1943, including the results of all American explorations from the United States Exploring Expedition, 1839-1840, to the United States Antarctic Service, 1940-1941. Washington: Hydrographic Office: 1943.
1943. Scale (latitudinal): 1:11,250,000. Size: 78 x 122 cm. Colored. (180: 1943: Un36hyd Roller)

Azimuthal equidistant projection.