Pearls of the Collection

Our library founder’s map collection is a real treasure-house of map history. When composing the first part of our exhibition sequence, however, we had intention to select from the lesser-known works, in particular instances, of modest appearance too, which are, nevertheless, important pieces of general cartographic history.

This selection comprises and displays many valuable works of rare or curious maps from the early formative period of thematic mapping in the 17-18th centuries. Thus the show involves cartographic representations of particular events, of scriptural, European and Hungarian history, hydrographic maps, maps of reclamations, of floods, of newfound towns or cities, and other maps having relations to astronomy, geodesy, orography, even to fishery, archeology, vulcanism, etc.