Manuscript map may be an original, duplicate, copy or draft.

Original is a unique original, created only in one exemplar (sometimes also referred to as mundierte Charte 'fair copy').

Duplicate is a copied original. It has the features of original, but it exists in more than a single copy (issued by the institution who created it). The difference between original and duplicate is in most cases conditional because the duplicates of a document have simply not been preserved.

Copies are divided into two categories:

Draft or a draft of a map which has legal force, a concept (sometimes called Consept-Charte).

Printed map is a replicated map printed in a printing office.