The Library has a large collection of early printed maps (the Library defines this as any work published before 1800) of Wales and also of other parts of the World.
The Library’s collection policy is geared mainly to obtaining antiquarian mapping, of Wales, or by Welsh cartographers; however, a large amount of other antiquarian material has been collected over the years.
In addition to maps that were published flat the Library also has many maps that were originally bound in atlases, but which were disbound at some point prior to arrival in the Library.
These items are on the Library’s online catalogue and can be consulted in the South Reading Room.
There are also over 200 antiquarian atlases in the Library. There are 3 main collections:
All of the volumes have been catalogued and many of them have also had their maps individually catalogued. You can search this collection via our online catalogue.
For security and preservation reasons there are special arrangements for viewing pre-1800 atlases. Readers may be provided with a facsimile edition of the work, if one is available.
The following links provide more detailed information on antiquarian printed mapping of Wales.