• Printed
  • Manuscript
  • Cartouche
  • Hand Coloring
  • Views
  • Animal
  • Surveys
  • Non-Map
  • Marginalia
  • Atlas


A cartouche is a decorative feature used to highlight map information like title, creator, and date. Often architecturally inspired and heavily allegorical, some are works of art in their own right. Image: detail from John Wallis, The United States of America laid down from the best authorities, agreeable to the Peace of 1783, 1783.