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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBL Map Center) at the Boston Public Library (BPL) was created in 2004 in an unusual public-private agreement between the BPL and map collector-philanthropist Norman Leventhal.

This partnership has enabled us to create public access to the 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases in the Library's collection. Mr. Leventhal envisioned that these extraordinary cartographic riches would be the foundation of educational programs for students of all ages. In support of this goal we have created an engaging web presence and exhibits that are free to the public and archived on our website. Our state-of-the-art preservation program will ensure our map heritage for future generations.

In the brief years since the founding of the NBLMC, we have launched a website, conserved and cataloged thousands of maps, sorted and properly stored thousands more, hired the library's first professional Map Curator in more than forty years, created and distributed free curricular materials for middle and high school teachers, toured thousands of Boston area students through the maps, mounted three major gallery exhibits, and planned for a permanent, state-of-the-art Map and Study Center to be located on the third floor of the BPL's historic McKim Building in Copley Square, Boston.


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by Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598; Diesth, Aegid. Coppenius (Aegidius Coppenius); Llwyd, Humphrey, 1527-1568. Mona druidum insula
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Catalogus auctorum includes 92 names. Epigram on t.p. verso has 16 lines
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Geography
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by Freytag, Gustav, 1852-1938; Freytag, Berndt und Artaria
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1526.1893
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by Andree, Richard, 1835-1912
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Index to Andrees allgemeiner handatlas
Topics: Atlases, Indexes
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Index has title page: Alphabetishches namenverzeichnis zur neunten, von grund aus neubearbeiteten und neugestochenen auflage von Stielers hand-atlas
Topics: Atlases, Atlases, German
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Topics: Historical geography, Economic geography
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by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; Pirckheimer, Willibald, 1470-1530; Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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Imprint from colophon (Q8 recto); most copies have the misprint "Argentoragi"
Topics: D'Angelo, Jacopo, Geography
Source: folio
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by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638; Blaeu, Joan, 1596-1673
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Seconde partie. Dated 1650
Topic: Atlases, Dutch
Source: folio
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by George Philip & Son; Edinburgh Geographical Institute
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 10.4.1890
Topic: Atlases, British
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by Vogel, Karl, 1828-1897
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by Ptolemy, 2nd cent; D'Angelo, Jacopo; Silvani, Bernardo; John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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Imprint from colophon
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Below imprint: Cum privilegio
Topics: Hydrographic surveying, Nautical charts
Source: folio
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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Pages [1]-76a of text, in German, Italian, French, English, and Spanish, numbered in duplicate
Topics: Catholic Church, Catholic Church, Ecclesiastical geography
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Great Britain)
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Includes index
Topics: Missions, Ecclesiastical geography
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1994.S5.C2.1906
Topics: Catholic Church, Missions
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Topics: Geography, Ancient, Classical geography
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by Gomme, George Laurence, 1853-1916; Stanford, Edward, 1827-1904
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1265.3.1911
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by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Jansson, Jan, 1588-1664; Keere, Pieter van den, 1571-ca. 1646; Goos, Abraham
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Topic: Atlases, Dutch
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Source: folio
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Topic: Geography
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by Times Publishing Company (London, England); George Philip & Son
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Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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Topic: Geography
Source: folio
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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"A brief survey of the coinages of Asia, by J. Allan": p. 97-128
Topic: Coinage
At head of title: The handy book with the big maps
Topic: Commercial geography
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by Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594; Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612; Saltonstall, Wye, fl. 1630-1640; Cotes, Thomas, d. 1641; Sparke, Michael, d. 1645; Cartwright, Samuel, d. 1650
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Folded plate of New England signed "Simon Passeus sculpsit" and with imprint "London printed by Iames Reeue
Topics: Atlases, Dutch, Political geography
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by Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel), 1802-1887; Ticknor, William Davis, 1810-1864
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Engraved t.p
Topics: Atlases, World maps
Espenhorst, J. Petermann's planet
Topic: Historical geography
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by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Davis, William Morris, 1850-1934. New England States
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Atlas published 1896. Supplement published 1897
Topic: Geography
Date estimated from other publications advertised
Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient, Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Smith, George Adam, 1856-1942; Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 992.S5.1915
Topics: Bible, Bible
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Topic: Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Butler, Samuel, 1774-1839; Hall, Sidney; Weller, Edward, d. 1884, engraver; Longmans, Green, and Co; Spottiswoode & Co
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Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient, Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Shanghai Yuan Dong di li xue hui; Dingle, Edwin John; Fruin, Harold John
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Inset map: Hainan
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by Frye, Alex Everett, 1859-1936; Scudder, Myron T. (Myron Tracy), 1860-1935. New York
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Edition statement on front cover
Topic: Geography
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by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). General Literature Committee; Clark, Samuel; Grove, George, 1820-1900
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Plate II bound facing p. 16
Topics: Bible, Geography, Ancient
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by Long, George, 1800-1879, ed; Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Sherman, G. E; Sheldon & Company (New York, N.Y.); Blanchard & Lea; Henry Seibert & Bros
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Topics: Geography, Ancient, Classical geography, Historical geography
Source: folio
Engraved title page
Topics: Atlases, Ocean, Nautical charts
Source: folio
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Roth, Bernard, 1852-1915
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1976.B2.1923A
Topics: Literary landmarks, Coinage
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by Rhys, Ernest, 1859-1946; Richard Clay and Sons; E.P. Dutton (Firm); J. M. Dent & Co
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Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient
Source: folio
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by Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel), 1802-1887; American Stationers' Company
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Topic: Atlases
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by Darbishire, Bernard Vernon
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Includes "notes on the maps" on inside of covers
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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by Kneass, William, 1780-1840; Davies, Benjamin; Johnson & Warner
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Without title page
Topics: Atlases, Geography
Source: folio
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by Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Long, George, 1800-1879
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Topics: Classical geography, Geography, Ancient, Historical geography
Source: folio
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Brooke, G. C. (George Cyril), 1884-
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"A brief survey of the coinage of Africa and Australasia from the earliest times to the present day; by G.C. Brooke": p. 67-92
Topic: Coinage
Includes index and advertisements
Topic: Roads
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by Hughes, William, 1817-1876; Adam and Charles Black (Firm)
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by Spruner von Merz, Karl, 1803-1892
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Each volume has special title page (volume 1 in Latin)
Topic: Historical geography
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by Ginn and Company; Johnston, Alexander Keith, 1804-1871. School and college atlas of ancient geography; W. & A.K. Johnston Limited
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Topics: Geography, Ancient, Classical geography, Classical geography in literature, Historical geography
Source: folio
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Signatures: [*]¹A-C². 12 p. text with index
Topics: Charts, diagrams, etc, Nautical charts, Pilot guides
Source: folio
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by Walker, Eric A. (Eric Anderson), 1886-1976
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 988.W2.1922
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Includes index
Topic: Atlases
Source: folio
Includes index
Topic: Geography
Source: folio
Includes index
Topic: Missions
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by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920; Thomas Nelson & Sons
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by John Murray (Firm)
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Map in pocket
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by Gross, Alexander, 1879-1958
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Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1200.6.M5.1917
Topic: World War, 1914-1918
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Maps engraved by Philippe Galle
Topic: Atlases, Dutch
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by Labberton, Robert H. (Robert Henlopen), 1812-1898
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Versos of the maps, containing text, are included in paging
Topic: Historical geography
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by Lobeck, Tobias; Lotter, Tobias Conrad, 1717-1777; Wagner, Joh. Mich. (Johann Michael), d. 1821; Eichler, Gottfried, 1715-1770
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Date of imprint suggested by Phillips
Topics: Geography, Atlases, German
Boston Public Library copy previously under call number: Atlas 1010.2.M6
Topics: Bible, Classical geography, Classical geography in literature, Geography, Ancient, Historical...
Source: folio