“But what makes early terrestrial maps so interesting? Why should they be collected, studied and preserved? We suggest three main reasons:
maps provide materials for historical research, particularly in the history of civilisation and science;
maps are works of art; and
maps embody a degree of intellectual effort and attainment that makes them worthy of collection.
Old maps, collated with other materials, help us to elucidate the course of human history.”
Bagrow, Leo, and R. A. Skelton. History of Cartography. Chicago, Ill:
Precedent Pub, 1985. p. 20.