I was wondering if anyone else had similar examples to Seeking examples of beautiful maps?, but at a county or parcel level.

At those levels, I wonder if people will react the same, or if there will be other facts to consider at that resolution.


Eduard Imhof’s Schweizerischer Mittelschulatlas is probably the best example of applied beautiful cartography ever.

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Codex99 has a very good presentation of him and his work here: Imhof wie ein Kartographische Rockstar

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Orienteering maps are good example of high scale maps. Very small features are represented on such maps, with a very detailed representation.

The way to make such maps is rather well formalised in this document.

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    Sorry, but im not a fan of this. Maybe cos I cant see the legend properly, but no idea whats going on. What are the numbers all about for a start? – Simon Nov 12 '10 at 11:55
  • The route the runners need to follow I expect. – Ian Turton Nov 12 '10 at 15:28

Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale mapping (known as Explorer Series)

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Continuous across England,Wales and Scotland

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  • Maybe it is the reproduction, but it doesn't look very "sharp" to me. – BradHards Oct 31 '13 at 10:56
  • The online version is a much lower resolution (72dpi) compared to the purchased tiffs (lzw compressed) are at 600 dpi. – Mapperz Oct 31 '13 at 13:24

I love the Rand Mcnally maps. I suggest going to the local bookstore or gas station and checking them out. they're usually packed with lots of information and done in a very nice way

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