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Upcoming Map Circle events

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
As usual, the MAPAF will be organised in close cooperation with the Maps and Plans Department of the Royal Library who will show some very interesting items from their collection. On the other hand, every participant is invited to bring along a map, object, book or anything else of cartographic interest of his own to be presented and discussed by the present fellow members.
As a preview on the programme we can tell you that Luis Roblès will comment a facsimile of Laurent Fries's Carta Marina from 1530 and Jacques Mille will bring maps from France during the Revolution and the Empire period. Rick Smit is discussing a map (1921) about the Germans and the so-called Polish Corridor, a consequence of World War I. The contribution of Gérard Bouvin (Department of Maps and Plans of the Royal Library of Belgium) is about inventorying French and English Marine Maps from the collection of Philippe Vandermaelen.
Always an excellent occasion to learn more in a convival atmosphere. If you have the intention to show an item of your collection, please let it know to the organising team with an e-mail at
You are kindly invited at 12.00 to start the afternoon with a reception and sandwich lunch plus dessert. Please register for this exclusive event via our website.
  • Public transport: Central Station and metro station Central Station / Centraal Station / Gare Centrale.
  • Public parking: Interparking Albertine-Square.
  • No entrance fee for members (reception and sandwich lunch offered by the Brussels Map Circle).
  • Entrance fee for non-members : EUR 15.00 (catering included).
  • Fees are to be prepaid on our bank account before the MAPAF : IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 BIC GKCCBEBB. No cash payments during the event please.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil
Time schedule: 12.00 - 16.30

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Annual General Meeting (AGM) open only for Brussels Map Circle active members.
All members are encouraged to become Active Member by applying to the President at least three weeks before the meeting:
A personal invitation to this AGM with the agenda and the possibility of proxy vote will be sent out to all Active Members by separate mail at least two weeks before the meeting.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil
Time schedule: 10.00 - 11.45

Brussels, Belgium
Members of the Brussels Map Circle are kindly invited to visit the exhibition under the guidance of Jan De Graeve, member of the Circle and President of the Société royale des bibliophiles et iconophiles de Belgique (SRBIB) which organized the exhibition.
The exhibition highlights the illustrated book produced in the Low Countries and the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in the 15th-18th centuries. Its title loosely translates as speaking image and refers to a concept which originated in the Antiquity. Horace in particular in his Ars poetica that the human mind was more enticed by what it sees than by what it hears. Ever since, poets and artists took sides in this famous battle, and devised images in combination with texts sometimes with the images gaining importance compared to the text.
Although this exhibition is not exclusively focused on cartography, it presents many maps and atlasses of Ortelius, Mercator, Goos, Coignet and Verbist and should be of interest to our Members.
Venue: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Rue de Bemel 23, 1150 Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 770 53 33
Time schedule: 10.30
Entry fee: Free access.

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