The Map of Everything

My love of maps is no secret. So when I came across this drawing from 1874 taken from The Draughtsman’s Handbook by George G. André. I had to share it here.

To quote fellow Wordpress site Making Maps, the map below is “a map of nowhere showing everything” and it does a damn fine job at showing everything. There’s a lot here: hills, mud banks, lookouts, swamps, locks, a depot, the church, and even a stand of trees referred to as “the clump.” Make sure you click on the image below to see it larger. Making Map’s has a great post with a few more images taken from the book. I recommend checking it out.

The Map of Everything
“Plan shewing principle characters of work used in mapping.”

I really need to figure out how to get my hands on a physical copy of this, I bet it’d be glorious to see in person.


  1. I love maps, too. I made sure to draw my own of the neighborhood my novel takes place in for the inside cover. As a kid I was always drawing map fantasy places. Have you seen the panoramic map collection at the Library of Congress? While doing research on Saratoga Springs for my next book I found a map from the very year my characters will be there–1886! So exciting!

    Love this map.


    1. I haven’t seen the panoramic map collection. I’m going to hunt it down. Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the tip!

      Is the map you drew posted anywhere? I’d love to see it.


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