Mapping the World
The 19th century was a glorious time for the making of maps. The cartographers of Britain's Ordnance Survey mapped much of England and Ireland, and even mapped India. The world's highest peak, Everest, is named for a British mapmaker. During the 1800s maps were produced showing parts of the world previously unknown, as the science and adventure of cartography reached new heights.
The Library of Congress Map Collection
The map collection at the Library of Congress is comprehensive as well as astonishing. The search and browse features are easy to use, and there's no telling what cartographic treasures can be displayed on the computer screen.
Bodleian Library Map Room
The Bodleian Library at Britain's Oxford University features an online exhibit of historic maps, and it's possible to browse and search at Oxford's Maps on the Web page.
The David Rumsey Map Collection
The David Rumsey Map Collection is an amazing trove of rare 18th and 19th century maps. The interface to view the maps can be a little puzzling at first, but it's well worth taking a little time to become familiar with the site.