Chia Jie Lin highlights interesting cartographic efforts from the National Library’s latest exhibition on Asian maps.
The National Library has a collection of rare maps dating back to the 15th century. Makeswary Periasamy shares the significance and history of these maps and their makers.
Kwa Chong Guan dissects the history of maps and tells us how Singapore was perceived and located in early modern European maps of the region.
India Tercera Nuova Tavola is one of the first early modern maps of Southeast Asia. It is also the National Library’s oldest map that makes reference to a C. Cinca Pula, which scholars believe refers to either the town of Singapore, one of several straits on which Singapore sits, or the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
Drawing from his personal collection of maps amassed over three decades, Dr Farish A. Noor invites us to truly read maps and look beyond their geographical boundaries.
Unsolved historical puzzles from Southeast Asia are key elements of the recently published thriller The Java Enigma by debut novelist Erni Salleh.
The National Library has two different versions of the Exacta & Accurata map, both dated 1596: a black and-white copy donated by the philanthropist and architect Koh Seow Chuan, and this hand-coloured version in the David Parry Southeast Asian Map Collection.
This 1606 engraved map by the de Bry family is one of the earliest in the National Library’s Rare Materials Collection that shows a distinct coastline of Singapore.
Hidden temples and food haunts are just some of the things found in two psychedelic maps published in the 1980s. Bonny Tan explores the origins of these one-of-a-kind maps.
The title page of Malaca, l’Inde Méridionale et le Cathay has a floral border and bears the distinct red vertical stamp of the Syonan Library (Syonan Tosyokan) – the name the National Library was known as during the Japanese Occupation.
From Singapore’s days as a colony to modern times, maps have been an integral part of the nation’s development. Kevin Khoo highlights the National Archives of Singapore’s 10,000-strong map collection.