Map Collection: Rare and Historic Maps


Sagona, Antonio, The heritage of eastern Turkey: From earliest settlement to Islam, (Macmillan: Melbourne, 2006).
In counting the cultural achievements of eastern Turkey, the region, on the whole, has been 'short-changed'. At best they form shadowy images behind the accomplishments of the better-known societies that settled along the Mediterranean fringe and central plateau. At worst they are either misunderstood or buried in dense academic scholarship that has abstracted them from their context, insulating them from the general readership. This general introduction, aimed at the non-specialist who wishes to learn more about this complex landscape, brings the full sweep of eastern Turkey's heritage into sharper focus.  Richly illustrated in colour, this survey starts with the beginning of settlement and moves through the rise of villages and cities to the noonday of the Ottomans. It provides a general narrative history of both society and the environment, looking at the changing cultural landscape of the eastern Turkish highlands over the millennia. The lively and accessible text and the visual impact of the photographs guarantee that the book will intrigue readers who are curious about this little-known region. The book's colour reproductions include a number of maps from the Ronald and Pamela Walker Collection of Maps of Asia Minor, which form part of the collection of Rare and Historic Maps in the University of Melbourne Library.


Simpson, Julieann & David Jones, Peregrinations in Asia Minor: European  description and cartography in the 16th and 17th centuries: An exhibition of  items from the University of Melbourne's Ronald and Pamela Walker Collection of  maps of Asia Minor, and the Special Collections (exhibition catalogue, University of Melbourne Library, 2005). (Pdf - 2.57 Mb)

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'University of Melbourne Map Collection shows how early explorers pursued the   theory of terra Australis: 'the great southern continent'', UniNews, vol. 13, no. 11, 28 June-12 July 2004.


Hoenkamp-Mazgon, Marlies, Palais de Hollande in Istanbul: The embassy and envoys of the Netherlands since 1612, Amsterdam: BOOM, c2001.


Cain, John, 'Making maps available: The map digitisation project', University of Melbourne Library Journal, vol. 6, no. 1, July 2000, pp. 10-16.


Reidy, Susan, 'Pure air and the light of heaven: The development of Melbourne's Domain Parklands and Botanic Gardens as reflected in the collections of the University of Melbourne Library', University of Melbourne Library Journal, vol. 4,  no. 1, June 1998, pp. 15-27.


Warburton,  Brian, The Pacific in maps: an exhibition  from the Map Section (exhibition catalogue, University of Melbourne    Library, 1996).


An exhibition of exquisite rare  maps of Asia Minor [From the Ronald and Pamela Walker Collection]  (exhibition catalogue, University   of Melbourne Library,  1992).


University of Melbourne   Library, Baillieu Library, Map   Section [Dorothy Prescott, Map Librarian], Guide to the Map Section, Parkville, Vic.: University of Melbourne,   1977.