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Cartographic Visual: Topographical Photographs

A variety of different types of map or visual print resources.

About Topographical Photographs

Collections of photographs from the 19th and early 20th century of locations in Belgium, Egypt, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy and Scotland, including a collection of photographs produced by the French studio Bisson Frères.

  • Dates: [1834-1914]
  • Extent: 96 items
  • Contents: Photographs
  • Languages: English, French, Italian

Access & Use

Items from the collection must be requested in advance.

They must be used in the Rare Books Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives.

See Special Collections & Archives' Opening Hours for the hours when this room is open.

Samples of Topographical Photographs

BL/CV/PhT/Italy/Florence/2 FIRENZE – La Cattedrale da Or S. Michele

BL/CV/PhT/Italy/Milan/2 Duomo di Milano

BL/CV/PhT/Scotland/2 Glencoe, The Scene of the Massacre

BL/CV/PhT/England/3 York Minster West towers

BL/CV/PhT/Italy/1 Bellagio ed i Due Laghi

Reprographics & Copyright

Items in the Topographical Photographs Collection are out of copyright.

As many items are annotated the individual copies of each work are considered unique, therefore please fill in the appropriate form before taking photographs or scanning pages.

As some items may be fragile please check with Special Collections & Archives' staff if photography or scanning is possible.

In addition if reprographics are required for publication then permission to use the material must be sought from the Special Collections Librarian.

Opening Hours

2023: 11 September - 21 December

  • All rooms: Monday-Friday 11:00-16:30.
  • Microform & Reference Reading Room: Wednesday: 11:00-19:15.

Closed: Monday 30 October.


We are open to UCC staff and students, and members of the public. For more information about what items must be requested and to request them via the online request form see Request Special Collections & Archives.


If you have any queries relating to our collections please email