Trouver des cartes anciennes de sa région

Find old maps of your region

Old geographic maps are real treasures that allow us to go back in time and better understand the evolution of our region. They are full of fascinating details about the places around us and offer us a unique insight into our history. If you are passionate about researching old maps of your area, or just a hobbyist, look no further! In this article, I'll give you some simple tips to help you find the best resources.

Local libraries and archives, cartographic gold mines

Local libraries and archives are treasure troves of old maps of your area. You will be amazed at the diversity and importance of their collections, including historical maps like Cassini's Map and atlases. To begin your quest, go online to locate the libraries and archives closest to you. Then, use their search tools or contact the staff directly to learn more about the wonders they have. Of course, you won't be able to buy them!

Surf the waves of the Web to find old geographic maps

Websites specializing in historical cartography are veritable gold mines for lovers of old geographic maps. There you will find digitized collections, often organized by region or period. Among the most popular sites, you can explore the Bibliothèque Nationale de France for french maps or the David Rumsey Map Collection for maps all around the world. Prepare to dive into an ocean of cartographic treasures!

Map dealers

Map dealers are the modern explorers of this cartographic world. They have impressive collections including maps of your area. However, keep in mind that these treasures can sometimes be expensive, depending on their rarity and state of preservation. Do thorough research and compare prices before embarking on this adventure. For my part, I love Geographicus, not at all in my prices but magnificent maps or... my self ! Don't hesitate to discover my maps !

Flea markets and antique fairs

Flea markets, antique fairs but also sites like Ebay are places where treasure hunters have a good chance of finding old geographical maps at affordable prices. Of course, you have very little chance of coming across very rare maps but you will easily find old IGN or General Staff maps. A real adventure awaits you!


Finding old maps of your region is a thrilling adventure that will immerse you in the heart of local history. Don't be discouraged by this challenge, because with the right resources and guidance, you will discover priceless historical treasures. Don’t hesitate to explore different sources, show curiosity and seek advice from enthusiasts and professionals to guide you in your quest. Let the adventure begin!
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