Map of the Champ de Mars and the Invalides in Paris, 1850. The full map of Paris is on Gallica. It’s interesting to note that the towerless Champ de Mars was wider then. The rue de l’Eglise has now been renamed rue Cler. Many smaller streets are not depicted on this map.

Map of the Champ de Mars and the Invalides in Paris, 1850. The full map of Paris is on Gallica. It’s interesting to note that the towerless Champ de Mars was wider then. The rue de l’Eglise has now been renamed rue Cler. Many smaller streets are not depicted on this map.

Map of India, Paris, 1683 (from Description de l’Univers by Alain Manesson Mallet)

Map of India, Paris, 1683 (from Description de l’Univers by Alain Manesson Mallet)

A world map from Gerardus Mercator, published in 1538. This one does not use the famous Mercator projection, but the cordiform projection (heart-shaped) invented by Oronce Finé.

A world map from Gerardus Mercator, published in 1538. This one does not use the famous Mercator projection, but the cordiform projection (heart-shaped) invented by Oronce Finé.

A new and accurate map of the Empire of Japan. Laid down from the memoirs of the Portuguese and Dutch; and particularly from the Jesuit Missionaries, as publish’d by the Sr. Bellin at Paris. 1747.

A new and accurate map of the Empire of Japan. Laid down from the memoirs of the Portuguese and Dutch; and particularly from the Jesuit Missionaries, as publish’d by the Sr. Bellin at Paris. 1747.