I have always been fascinated with maps. Some of the old maps in these images are pure art - I would keenly hang them on the walls in order to fulfill my decoration standarts. More than History or Geography alone, there is something appealing about Cartography - it's an aesthetically interesting combination of science, technique and a concept of scale, realism and information that was not always accurate. Some maps are storytellers, others are a nightmarish display of ignorance, distorted by unknowledge and deformed by ridiculous geographical misconceptions... Still, can we all take a moment to appreciate such timeless gems?