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Post  Druid_ian Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:43 am

wow these are very good maps http://mapire.eu/en/map/europe_XVIII_century/?bbox=345235.2310443971%2C6056832.1608778555%2C814864.33282852%2C6270855.84007635

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Post  Father General Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:47 am

Amazing! Thank you.
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Post  Mr. Digby Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:42 pm

What a fantastic resource. I cannot see a way to download though except via taking screen shots.
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Post  Martin Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:04 pm

These appear to be the maps of France designed by Cassini in the late 18th C. I suspect they were the ones used by Napoleon in the 1814 campaign.

If they cannot be downloaded here, you can buy them on CD.

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Post  Mr. Digby Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:02 pm

There are southern Germany maps there too, which look like they could be in an earlier style.
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Post  Martin Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:29 pm

Thanks. I hadn't spotted that. Will have another look at the link.

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Post  King_Rufus Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:57 am

A potentially fantastic resource – well found the Druid from Preston!

However, I cannot see a download either, and although saleable DVDs are mentioned on the site, I could not find a link to buy them, or from the Hungarian military museum site which seems to be associated.

Therefore, screen shots are necessary, and here the problem was that if you try to capture a complete playable KS map in one go, the place names are illegible and cannot be sufficiently sharpened, at least in PSP8.

So, anyone wanting to use these is going to have to take several screenshots, I think perhaps four in the first instance, of the four quarters of the desired area, and print them separately to make a complete map.

Another leisure project to add to the growing list! Though actually I am making reasonable progress towards constructing my own Cassini style maps in CAMPAIGN CARTOGRAPHER 3, so this one may have to wait.

The explanatory blurb from the site may have been influenced by the Pythons’ Hungarian phrasebook:

“Summary: After years of successful publication of the cartographic database of the First, Second and Third Military Surveys of the Hungarian part of the Habsburg Empire on off-line DVDs, a consortium of data hosts, a SME and a university department started an initiative. In the frame of the MAPIRE (MAPs of the empIRE) project, geo-referred version of high-scale (1:28800 in case of First and Second survey, 1:75000 at the Third one, to be improved later) survey sheets of the whole territory of the Habsburg Empire are published online, throughout of the portal www.mapire.eu . The horizontal control of the geo-referred maps is aimed better than 150 meters; sheets can be viewed in synchronized mode with each other or with the Google Maps cartographic database (base topographic map or satellite images).

The whole database can be viewed also in 3D via a Google Earth application, as the space shuttle-based SRTM elevation dataset is combined to the historic cartographic dataset throughout the unified coordinate systems. Ready to publish other maps, too: our future plans concern the cadastral datasets of the Empire as well as ’foreign’ databases”

Note that there are links on our own site here to some of the other Hapsburg survey maps published elsewhere, for various areas including Poland, and various eras including WW1.
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Post  Mr. Digby Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:23 pm

Being able to purchase these on CD would be very handy. I'll go have a look around the site as well.
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