Map A.D. 337 At The Death of Constantine The concept of an historical atlas as a collection of geographical maps showing snapshots of the world at different dates in history in Edward Quin's 'An Historical Atlas', first published in 1828. Quin's book of maps demonstrated the divisions of the global political landscape at different moments in history, with the receding clouds device indicating the extent of the world known to the West at each particular point in time.
Ebstorf Mappa Mundi, ca. 1300. It has become an encyclopedia of medieval knowledge. The map was found in a convent in Ebstorf, in northern Germany, in 1843. The large map, painted on 30 goatskins sewn together and measuring around 3.6 by 3.6 metres, centered on Jerusalem with east at top. The head of Christ was depicted at the top of the map. The original was destroyed in 1943, during the bombing of Hanover in World War II. B/W and color facsimiles were made before it was destroyed.