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September 2014
Maps in History - Newsletter No 50

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Contents
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
    • Luís Serrão Pimentel (1613-1679)
  • Looks at books
    • The earth. Knowledge, representations, measurement in the middle-ages
    • Enigmas, Geography, Expeditions and Cartography of the Americas
    • The world as seen from Augsburg – Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717-1777)
    • Maps and Representations of the eastern Mediterranean made in 'the West' (from the middle of the 13th to the end of the 15th centuries)]
    • Mapping the First World War: Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above
    • Shorter bibliographical notes
  • History and Cartography
    • Early Maps Indian Style
    • Bicentenary of Rizzi Zannoni (1736-1814)
    • Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni – A Biography
  • BIMCC news
    • How I got into cartography: Emmanuelle Vagnon
    • Introduction to the Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS)
    • The BIMCC Newsletter story
    • Cartography in times of war and peace - Symposium and conference
  • International news & events
  • Auction calendar
18 October 2014
74th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
2 - 6 December 2014
Cartography in Times of War and Peace
Gent, Belgium
This year, the Brussels Map Circle’s Annual International Conference will be part of a joint venture with the ICA (International Cartographic Association), the International symposium on 'Cartography in Times of War and Peace' taking place from 2 to 6 December 2014, in Ghent and in Brussels.
The symposium is open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and laypersons interested in the history of cartography and map production. It will consist of three events More in the full programme.
6 December 2014
Brussels Map Circle International Conference - Mapping in times of war – Military cartography through the ages up to World War I
Brussels, Belgium
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels | Coordinates 50.843693° N 4.355242° E
Programme
  • Cartography during sieges of cities in the 16th and 17th century: Northern France and the Low Countries by Prof. Piet Lombaerde, Universiteit Antwerpen
  • The map as war correspondent. Maps and news prints from 16th century Italy, by Dr. Karen De Coene, researcher at the Geography Department of Universiteit Gent
  • The remains of the portfolio with personal maps of Vauban in Lille by Prof. Philippe Bragard, Université catholique de Louvain
  • The work of the French military engineers in the 18th century by Dr. Emilie d'Orgeix, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
  • Men, Maps, Myths - The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers by Prof. Imre Demhardt, University of Texas at Arlington
More details: 9.30 - 16.30
Fees:
Members: free admission | ICA joint symposium in Gent participant: free admission | Non-Members: EUR 10.00 (to be paid at the door)
Registration form
20 December 2014
75th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels

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14 June 2014
73rd meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
May 2014
The Brussels Map Circle - Newsletter No 49

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Contents
  • Looks at books
    • The Fourth Part of the World
    • Japoniae Insulae. The mapping of Japan
    • A curious and impertinent geography of France
    • Meridians - Texts, debates and passions about the Paris and Greenwich meridians
    • Shorter bibliographical notes
  • History and Cartography
    • The mystery surrounding Matteo Perez d’Aleccio map prints of the Great Siege of Malta of 1565
  • BIMCC News
    • Cartographic treasures of Bruges - BIMCC excursion - 18 February 2014
    • How I got into cartography: Tom Harper
    • Maps, Globes, Instruments and Books in the Early Modern History of Science
    • History of Iberian Cartography: from the Mediterranean to the World - Workshop
    • BIMCC Annual Activity Report, March 2013 – March 2014
    • 16th Annual General Meeting
    • 16th Map Evening
    • BIMCC Programme for 2014
  • International news & events
  • Auction calendar
12 April 2014
72nd meeting of the Executive Committee (cancelled)
Brussels
Saturday 15 March 2014
Map Evening
Brussels
At 18.00
Venue: Rue Royale / Koningsstraat 80, 1000 Bruxelles / 1000 Brussel
Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps — members as well as non-members — for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle.
To register, please fill the 'Registration form'.
Saturday 15 March 2014
17th Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Brussels
At 15.30
Venue: Rue Royale / Koningsstraat 80, 1000 Bruxelles / 1000 Brussel
All current (paid-up) Active Members are invited to participate. The agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail, by our President.
To register, please fill the 'Registration form'.
Tuesday 18 February 2014
BIMCC Excursion to Brugge Cultuurbibliotheek and Openbare Bibliotheek
Brugge, Belgium
At 14.30, visit to the Cultuurbibliotheek [Culture Library] where the Librarian, Claude Anthierens, will receive us, to show the cartographic treasures of their collection. The visit will be guided, in Dutch; ad-hoc translation into English will be provided to those members requiring assistance. After the visit, participants could enjoy a meal together, in a good restaurant on the Market place of Brugge. At 20.00, in the Public Library (Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge, Kuipersstraat 3, 8000 Brugge), BIMCC member Jan De Graeve will give a lecture (in Dutch) introducing the cosmography of the 16th century and the book Cosmografia of Sebastian Münster. A fully colored copy of this Cosmografia (Basel: Henricus Petri, 1552) has recently been acquired by the Library and will be exhibited. It can be seen on-line at http://www.flandrica.be/items/show/1015/.
Venue: Cultuurbibliotheek, Magdalenastraat 30, 8200 Brugge (in the Sint-Lodewijkscollege building)
To get an idea of the library's collections, visit the online Catalogus: http://www.cultuurbibliotheek.be/vakken/cartografie.php
1 February 2014
71st meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
January 2014
Maps in History - Newsletter No 48

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Contents
  • Pictures at an exhibition
    • Military engineering and fortress building – fortification plans of Luxembourg in the Berlin State Library
    • Atlas of the Netherlands
  • Looks at books
    • The golden age of marine charts – When Europe discovered the world
    • New Worlds
    • Maps and pictures of the New Worlds
    • Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps
    • Ships on maps of the Middle Ages and the early modern period
    • The passion for collecting: expeditions into the Woldan Collection
    • Shorter bibliographical notes
  • History and Cartography
    • 1600, the Battle of Nieuwpoort
    • The oldest surviving globe showing the New World: c. 1504
  • BIMCC news
    • The ICA conference, Dresden, 25-30 August 2013
    • How I Got Into Cartography: Colin Dupont
    • A historical week-end in the French Hainaut – 19-20 October 2013
    • Mapping India, BIMCC International Conference, 7 December 2013, Brussels
    • BIMCC Programme for 2014
  • International news & events
  • Auction calendar

Programme archive

21 December 2013
70th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
7 December 2013
BIMCC International Conference - Mapping India
Brussels, Belgium
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels | Coordinates 50.843693° N 4.355242° E
As has become a tradition, the BIMCC lines up with the Europalia festival again. So this year, India is the theme.
At 9.30

Programme of lectures

  • 9.30 - 10.00 : Reception of participants
  • A General Introduction to the Mapping of India by Dr Manosi Lahiri, University of Delhi, author of Mapping India
  • Early Mapping Indian Style by Susan Gole, author of many reference works on the cartographic traditions in early India
  • India in the Islamic Medieval Cartography by Prof Dr Jean-Charles Ducène, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • Mapping under the British by Dr Andrew Cook, Former Map Archivist, India Office Records, British Library, London
  • Portuguese mapmakers in Goa by Dr Dejanirah Couto, Maître de conférences, EPHE, Sorbonne, Paris
  • Sailing for textiles and spices. The Ostend maritime trade with India and Bengal, 1714 - 1744 by Dr Jan Parmentier, scientific advisor to the Antwerp MAS Museum, and Hans Kok, IMCoS Chairman
Fees (to be paid at the door): Members - Free admission | Non-Members - EUR 10.00 | Lunch - EUR 30.00 approx.
19-20 October 2013
BIMCC Excursion: Historical week-end in the French Hainault
Valenciennes and Le Quesnoy
Programme
  • Saturday 19 October 2013
    • 10.30 or so - Individual visit of the Fine Arts Museum of Valenciennes (opens at 10.00; plan for one hour visit).
    • 12.15 - Lunch at a rather chic Italian restaurant opposite the Municipal Library.
    • 14.30 - BIMCC excursion: visit of the map collection of Prince Emmanuel de Croÿ (1718-1784) in the Bibliothèque Municipale de Valenciennes (2 rue Ferrand, Valenciennes). The visit will be guided, in French, by Marie-Pierre Dion, Director of the Library, who researched the life of Emmanuel de Croÿ; ad-hoc translation into English will be provided to those members requiring assistance.
    • 17.00 or so - Individual visit of the city centre: Place d’Armes, new 'Coeur de ville' commercial centre, Saint-Gery church, etc.
    • 19.30 - Gastronomic dinner at 'L'auberge du bon fermier', a cosy 17th century inn.
    • Overnight stay at 'L'auberge du bon fermier' (4* hotel classified as 'Châteaux & demeures de tradition', or 'Hôtel Notre-Dame' nearby (2* hotel).
  • Sunday 20 October 2013
    • 10.00 - Meet at Le Quesnoy, a charming town 15 km south of Valenciennes, for a guided visit (in French) of the well-preserved fortifications created by the Spaniards and transformed by Vauban:
      • welcome by Bernard Debrabant, President of the local historical circle,
      • introduction to Le Quesnoy’s history supported by maps, plans and scale models of the fortifications,
      • walk around the ramparts, bastions, moats, etc. of the fortifications.
    • 12.30 - Lunch at a local restaurant
12 October 2013
69th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
September 2013
Maps in History - Newsletter No 47

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Contents
  • Pictures at an exhibition
    • Masters of Maps: Piri Reis and Mercator
  • Looks at books
    • Mapping India
    • Geographica and cartographica from the Bertuch publisher
    • The Brocktorff Mapmakers
    • Finding Their Way at Sea, The story of portolan charts, the cartographers who drew them and the mariners who sailed by them
  • History and Cartography
    • Mapping the fourth dimension
    • Two unrecorded Lafreri-type maps of Hainaut and Southern France
    • D'Anville's 1752 Map of India, his Commentary and English Translation
  • BIMCC news
    • How I Got Into Cartography: Bram Vannieuwenhuyze
    • BIMCC Programme for 2013: Historical week end in the French Hainaut
    • Mapping India International Conference
  • International news & events
  • Auction calendar
22 June 2013
68th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
May 2013
Maps in History - Newsletter No 46

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Contents
  • Pictures at an exhibition
    • Steady as She Goes – Sailing with Mercator’s Map
  • Looks at books
    • Maps of Istanbul 1422-1922
    • Barcelona, Genoa and Marseilles, Cartography and Images (16th to 19th c.)
    • The cartographic treasure of Catalonia - the oldest maps from the 17th and 18th c.
    • Kilimanjaro – the German story of an African mountain
    • Rwanda as seen through the life of Hans Meyer (1858-1929)
  • History and Cartography
    • Dr Livingstone, I presume?
    • A topographical study of the regional maps of Jacob van Deventer
    • Hypotheses for further research
    • Sea Monsters on Maps – The Transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
    • The Quest for Ptolemy in Alexandria and Warsaw
    • The History of Cartography Project
  • BIMCC news
    • How I Got Into Cartography: Thomas Horst
    • BIMCC Annual Activity Report, March 2012 – March 2013
    • 15th Annual General Meeting
    • 15th Map Evening
    • BIMCC Programme for 2013: Historical week end in the French Hainault
    • BIMCC Programme for 2013: Mapping India - International Conference
  • International news & events
  • Auction calendar
23 March 2013
16th Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Brussels
At 16.00
23 March 2013
Map Evening
Brussels
At 17.30
23 February 2013
67th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
12 January 2013
66th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
January 2013
Maps in History - Newsletter No 45

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  • Pictures and colloquium at an exhibition
    • The Golden Age of Marine Charts
  • Looks at books
    • Gérard Mercator. The mathematical library of a genius.
  • History and Cartography
    • Potosi
    • The middle of the world
    • Maps of the Anglo-Boer war, 1899-1902
    • Early maps of La Beauce, granary of France
  • BIMCC News
    • BIMCC Programme for 2013
    • Brussels Map Circle International Conference Mercator and Hondius
    • Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anvil|e, leading cartographer of the Age of Enlightenment
      1. How I Got Into Cartography: Mario Cams
  • International News & Events
  • Auction calendar
8 December 2012
BIMCC International Conference - Mercator and Hondius
Brussels, Belgium
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels | Coordinates 50.843693° N 4.355242° E
At 9.30

Programme

  • 9.30 – 10.00 : Reception of participants
  • 10.00 – 10.15 Welcome by Caroline De Candt, President
  • 10.15 – 11.00 Jan Mokre, Head of Map Department and Globe Museum, Austrian National Library : Old Globes in Austria. A comprehensive overview with special attention to the globes of Mercator and Hondius.
  • 11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
  • 11.30 – 12.00 Kazimierz Kozica, Curator of the cartographic collection of the Warsaw Royal Castle Library: Gerard Mercator's map of Europe (1554) formerly kept in Wroclaw (Breslau)
  • 12.00 – 14.00 Aperitif and lunch, with coffee
  • 14.00 – 14.45 Sjoerd de Meer, Map curator, Maritiem Museum Rotterdam : The 'Atlas of the World'. Gerard Mercator’s map of the world (1569)
  • 14.45 – 15.00 Interludium
  • 15.00 – 15.45 Peter van der Krogt, Researcher, Teacher and head of the URU-Explokart research program for the History of Cartography at Utrecht University: Jodocus Hondius versus Gerard Mercator
  • 15.45 – 16.30 Questions and discussions
  • 16.30 End of the conference
Fees (to be paid at the door): Members - Free admission | Non-Members - EUR 10.00 | Lunch - EUR 30.00 approx.
17 November 2012
65th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
6 October 2012
64th meeting of the Executive Committee
Brussels
September 2012
Maps in History - Newsletter No 44

See also full article about the Mercator 1569 coloured world map reassembly.

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Contents
  • Pictures at an exhibition
    • Mapping Cyprus: Crusaders, Traders and Explorers
    • Cartografia de las Americas
    • A Royal Source for Mercator
  • Looks at books
    • A Royal Source for Mercator: the atlas of Christian Sgrooten
    • Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515
    • Mapping Africa
    • Facsimile of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas of 1607
    • South-West Flanders in war 1566-1713
  • History and Cartography
    • Mercator 1569 coloured world wall map reassembly
    • The scientific Library of Gerard Mercator
    • Mercator’s function
  • BIMCC News
    • Brussels Map Circle excursion to Sint-Niklaas
    • How I Got Into Cartography: Soetkin Vervust
    • BIMCC Programme for 2012
    • Course on the history of cartography at the University of Ghent
    • Mercator revisited, International Conference, 25-28 April 2012, Sint-Niklaas
  • International news & events
  • Auction calendar
  • May 2012
    Maps in History - Newsletter No 43

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    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • Ptolemy and Renaissance cartography
    • Looks at books
      • Alte Landkarten
      • Inventaire raisonné of the Vandermaelen cartographic collections
      • Gérard Mercator - Cosmographe - Le temps et l'espace
      • Le monde en cartes. Gérard Mercator et le premier atlas du monde
      • Mercator-Hondius Atlas facsimile
    • History of Cartography
      • The very first maps of the County of Hainaut
    • BIMCC News
      • Mercator anniversary
      • 2011 Activity Report
      • Annual General Meeting report
      • Map Evening report
      • BIMCC 2012 programme
    • International news & events
    • Auction calendar
    2 June 2012
    63rd meeting of the Executive Committee
    Sint-Niklaas
    At 11.00
    2 June 2012
    BIMCC Excursion to the Mercator Digitaal exhibition
    Sint-Niklaas
    Address: Tentoonstellingszaal Stedelijke Musea, Zwijgershoek 14, 9100 Sint-Niklaas (paying parking on the spot)
    Our English speaking guide will be Harry van Royen. The visit will be followed by a tour of the 'treasury room' (a book exhibition on Mercator's library) with presentation by Jan De Graeve.
    Meeting time: 15:00 at the entrance of the museum.
    End of the visit: approximately at 17:00.
    Entrance fee: EUR 5.00.
    For those interested to have lunch at the Danish Tavern Kopenhagen, Houtbriel 28, 9100 Sint-Niklaas: join the Executive Committee at 13:00 (at own expense).
    To register, please fill the 'Registration form' before 20 May 2012.
    24 March 2012
    Map Evening
    Brussels
    At 17.30
    Venue: Brasserie La Pergola, Avenue des Pagodes 445 / Pagodenlaan 445, 1020 Bruxelles / 1020 Brussel, telephone: 02 268 58 49
    Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps — members as well as non-members — for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle.
    24 March 2012
    14th Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    Brussels
    At 16.00
    Venue: Brasserie La Pergola, Avenue des Pagodes 445 / Pagodenlaan 445, 1020 Bruxelles / 1020 Brussel, telephone: 02 268 58 49
    All current (paid-up) Active Members are invited to participate. The agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail, by our President.
    5 March 2012
    Mercator's birthday celebration
    Brussels
    The BIMCC invites all map enthousiasts to participate in a small ceremony in honour of Gerardus Mercator's 500th birthday.
    Meet at 11.00 in front of Mercator's statue in the Place du Petit Sablon / Kleine Zavel.
    3 March 2012
    62nd meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    January 2012
    Maps in History - Newsletter No 42

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    Contents
    • 2012: Mercator's year!
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • Die Welt aus Weimar [The World as seen from Weimar]
    • Looks at books
      • Ortelius Atlas Maps
      • Fra Mauro's Mappa Mundi and Fiftheenth-Century Venice
    • History and Cartography
      • Windmills on the Flanders maps of Mercator and related maps
      • 12th International Symposium for the Study of Globes
    • BIMCC News
      • BIMCC Excursion to the Liber Floridus exhibition in Ghent
      • Brazil on Early Maps - International BIMCC Conference
      • The reading of ancient maps - Course on the history of cartography
      • BIMCC Programme for 2012
    • International news & events
    • Auction calendar
      Auction calendar corrigendum (page 41):
      • Bernaerts' next book auction with maps is on 10 May (not on 27 March)
      • Henri Godts's auction is on 24 April (not on 24 March)
      • Paulus Swaen's Internet auction is from 8 to 15 May (not 8 - 15 June)
    7 January 2012
    61st meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    10 December 2011
    BIMCC Conference - Brazil in early maps
    Brussels, Belgium
    As has become a tradition, the BIMCC lines up with the Europalia festival again. So this year, Brazil is the theme.
    Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur/Keizerslaan 4, 1000 Brussels
      Programme
    • 9.30 - 10.00: Reception of participants with coffee
    • 10.00 - 10.05: Caroline De Candt, President BIMCC: Welcome
    • 10.05 - 11.00: Profa. Iris Kantor, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo-Brasil
      From the first maps made after the arrival of the Europeans in the New World to the 19th century maps.
       The speaker is going to show how and why the toponyms were associated with other visual representations of the pau brasil, monkeys, parrots, and other birds with impressive plumage. She will go into the transformation of the toponymic landscape from the beginning until the Independence Era.
    • 11.30 - 12.15: Martijn Storms, MA, Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden
      The Marcgraf/Blaeu map of Dutch Brazil
      George Marcgraf (1610-1644) joined the expeditions of Johan Maurits Count of Nassau, then Governor of Dutch Brazil in the years 1638-1643. He made the most accurate map of the Brazilian coast of the 17th century.
    • 12.30 - 14.30: Aperitif and lunch, with coffee
    • 14.30 - 15.15: Prof. Raymond Buve, Universiteit Leiden
      A journey through Dutch Brazil from the attack by Piet Heijn on Salvador in 1624 to the siege of Mauritsstad by the Portuguese
       This speaker will take us on a trip through 17th century Brazil, letting some 30 maps tell the fascinating story.
    • 15.15 - 16.00: Dr. Ben Teensma, Universiteit Leiden
      Progressive general knowledge about Brazil, 1600-1650 as cumulated in the surviving Dutch WIC-rutters from 1629, 1637 and circa 1648.
       The rutters, referred to in the title, contain written information as well as actual charts, intended to guide pilots along the Brazilian coast.
    • 16.00 - 16.30: Questions - Discussions
    • 16.30: End of the conference
    Entry fee: members free, non-members EUR 10.00. Optional lunch about EUR 30.00.
    26 November 2011
    60th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    5 November 2011
    Paris Map Fair
    Paris
    Do not forget to visit the stand of the BIMCC at the Paris Map Fair.
    8 October 2011
    BIMCC Autumn Excursion
    Gent
    Visit to the exhibition Liber Floridus, guided by the curator, Karen De Coene (BIMCC member).
    Venue: STAM, Stadsmuseum Gent, Bijlokesite, Godshuizenlaan 2, 9000 Gent
    Meeting point: the entrance hall of the museum at 15:00 (there is a cafeteria).
    URI: http://stamgent.be/en
    The Liber Floridus is an encyclopaedia compiled in the early twelfth century by Lambert, canon of the Church of Our Lady in Saint Omer. Almost every history of cartography features maps from the Liber Floridus. The manuscript is exceptionally important in the study of historical maps, containing maps of the mappae mundi type.
    Karen De Coene works at the Department of Geography of the Ghent University and is specialized in mappae mundi.
    3 September 2011
    59th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    September 2011
    BIMCC Newsletter No 41
    25 June 2011
    58th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    April 2011
    BIMCC Newsletter No 40
    16 April 2011
    57th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    19 March 2011
    Map Evening
    Brussels
    At 18.00
    Venue: Casa de Asturias, Rue Saint-Laurent 36-38, Brussels
    Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps - members as well as non-members - for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle.
    Participants will be asked to pay EUR 10.00 at the door for expenses.
    Please register before 28 February 2011 by sending an e-mail to caroline.de.candt@skynet.be
    19 March 2011
    13th Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    Brussels
    At 16.00
    Venue: Casa de Asturias, Rue Saint-Laurent 36-38, Brussels
    All current (paid-up) Active Members are invited to participate. The agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail, by our President.
    8 February 2011
    56th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    January 2011
    BIMCC Newsletter No 39
    Saturday 11 December 2010
    BIMCC Annual Conference on China
    Royal Library in Brussels
    China has isolated itself during a long time. The West has long been intrigued by this country, but depended on scare information provided by many Western travellers such as Marco Polo, the Jesuits, Ricci, Verbiest a.o. The Silk Road played a major role in discovering that strange civilisation.
    Today, China opens and conquers our curiosity. To contribute to this phenomenon the BIMCC chose to introduce you to their cartographic world.
    Conference programme:
    • 9.00-09.30 - Welcome address by Eric Leenders, President
    • 9.30-10.15 - The Production and Reproduction of Chinese Empire Maps (ca 200 BC-1300) by Hilde De Weerdt, Lecturer in Chinese History, Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford
    • 10.15-10.35 - Intricacies of the sea-routes from the Netherlands to the Far-East, 17th Century by Hans Kok, Chairman of IMCoS (International Map Collector’s Society in London), Member of Caert-Thresor, Editorial Board
    • 10.40-11.00 - Coffee break
    • 11.00-11.45 - Matteo Ricci and Ferdinand Verbiest's Maps of the World by Professor Nicholas Pearce, Head of the Department of History and History of Art, University of Glasgow
    • 12.00-14.00 - Lunch at the Novotel
    • 14.00-14.30 - Mapping the adjoining seas of China fraught with errors by Hans Kok
    • 14.35-15.35 - Martino Martini’s Jesuit cartography of China’s Middle Kingdom - Comments on the Exhibition by Stanislas De Peuter, Judge in the Court of First Instance in Leuven.
    • 16.00-16.30 - Discussion and conclusion
    A private exhibition of 15-20 China maps, especially the ones drawn by Martino Martini, will be held in the conference room. The Martino Martini maps from the exhibition will be projected on a large screen and will be discussed and commented upon.
    Venue: The Conference will be held at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels (near Central Station), in the Small Auditorium on level 2.
    9.00 - 16.30
    Admission is free for BIMCC members, non-members pay EUR 10.00 at entrance. Lunch: places are reserved in a nearby restaurant. Price EUR 30.00.
    Registration before 30 October 2010 by sending an email to ericleenders@scarlet.be, stating how many participants and how many lunches, or by sending the enclosed form to Eric Leenders, Zwanenlaan 16, 2610 Wilrijk (Antwerpen). You will receive a confirmation.
    Tuesday 10 November 2010
    55th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    Sunday 31 October, Monday 1 and Sunday 7 November 2010
    Orienteering in the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud
    Brussels
    We propose to the participants three opportunities to practice orienteering in the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud.
    Orienteering is an activity that require navigational skills using a map and a compass to navigate from point to point. When ready to start you will receive a map on which small circles show the places to visit. These are physical or man-made features in the forest: the end of a ditch, the crossing of two paths, the junction of two watercourses, a knoll, a pit, etc. A small electronic device will allow you to attest that you have visited the point. At the end of the course, the controls are checked. The duration of the activity will not normally exceed two hours.
    Beside the competition, training sessions are organised for those not acquainted with the activity. Compasses are available.
    An annual event: Les Trois Jours de la Forêt de Soignes is organised by the orienteering clubs ASUB Orientation and Altaïr.
    • Sunday 31 October 2010 in Boitsfort from 8.45 h to 10.45 h
    • Monday 1 November 2010 in Boitsfort from 8.45 h to 10.45 h h
    • Sunday 7 November 2010 in Groenendael from 8.45 h to 10.45 h
    Participants are asked to pay EUR 7.50.
    Please contact webmaster@bimcc.org before 26 October 2010.
    Friday 29 October 2010
    BIMCC Autumn Excursion
    Middelburg, The Netherlands
    Our yearly visit will take us to that old city just over the river Scheldt, Middelburg in Zeeland.
    Dirk Devries, retired Head of the Bodel Nyenhuis Map Collection at the University of Leiden became recently the Conservator of the Zeelandia Illustrata Collection at the Zeeuws Archief. The staff will introduce us, in English, to this jewel of archives. Dirk, one of our members, will lead us through the outstanding topographic and cartographic map collection. The visit will start at 13.30 and will end at 15.30 with a convivial drink.
    Location: Hofplein 16, 4331 CK Middelburg
    For parking details in Middelburg, please read Parkeren in Middelburg 2009 (de, en, nl, PDF 931 kB) .
    September 2010
    BIMCC Newsletter No 38

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    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • Highlights of Polish and European cartography in Warsaw
      • La Mer à l'Encre [The sea in ink!]
    • Looks at books
      • De Ptolémée à La Guillotière (XVe - XVIe siècle) – [From Ptolemy to La Guillotière (15th - 16th century)]
      • The Island of Lost Maps
    • History and Cartography
      • The former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as depicted in albums and atlases
      • A surprise encounter : two portolans at Cefalù, attributed to Placido Caloiro e Oliva
    • Collectable/affordable maps
      • War engravings
    • BIMCC Programme for 2010
      • Autumn excursion to Middelburg
      • A brief history and the evolution of a city through maps China by Jodocus Hondius (as an appetizer for BIMCC Annual Conference)
      • The Verbiest – Chinese Celestial globe (as a introduction to the BIMCC Annual Conference)
      • BIMCC Annual Conference and exhibition on China
    • International news & events
    • Auction calendar
    Tuesday 7 September 2010
    54th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    June 2010
    BIMCC Newsletter No 37


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    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • Theatre of the World: atlases of yesterday, atlases of the imagination
      • A visit to the Magnificent Maps exhibition is a must!
      • La mer à l’encre
    • Looks at books
      • Ptolemy’s Handbook of Geography
    • History and Cartography
      • Vancouver
      • How Monaco evolved on old maps plans and charts
      • The Principality of Monaco on the original map of the county of Nice by Bourcet
    • Collectable/affordable maps
      • Baedeker's old guide books
    • BIMCC News
      • BIMCC annual activity report 2009
      • 12th Annual General Meeting
      • BIMCC Programme for 2010
      • BIMCC 12th Map evening
    • Cartography in the 21st century
    • International news & events
    • The mysterious rose is a fake!
    • Auction calendar
    Wednesday 23 June 2010
    53rd meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    Saturday 20 March 2010
    Map Evening
    Ghent
    At 17.30
    Venue: Aquaterra N.V., IJzerweglaan 48, 9050 Gent
    Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps — members as well as non-members — for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle.
    Saturday 20 March 2010
    12th Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    Ghent
    At 16.00
    Venue: Aquaterra N.V., IJzerweglaan 48, 9050 Gent
    All current (paid-up) Active Members are invited to participate. The agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail, by our President.
    IMPORTANT NOTICE: the venue of our AGM has changed! However welcoming the House of the Belgian Union of Expert-Surveyors was, this year the AGM takes place in Ghent. The reason will become clear as you read the announcement about our Map Evening that, as tradition requires, follows the AGM. There is also a special demonstration by Paul De Candt, Manager of Aquaterra, who will explain how maps are made in the 21st century. We hope our members will not be output by this change of venue, as Aquaterra sits at the very exit of the E-40 highway from Brussels, is easily reached and provides ample free parking space at the front door.
    January 2010
    BIMCC Newsletter No 36

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    Wednesday 20 January 2010
    52nd meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    Saturday 5 December 2009, 9.00 - 16.30
    BIMCC Conference: Exploratory Cartography, from Heaven to Earth
    Brussels
    Venue: Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) in Brussels, Small auditorium, on level 2, Boulevard de l'Empereur / Kaizerlaan 2, Brussels
    Admission is free for BIMCC Members. Non-members pay EUR 10.00 at entrance. This includes the traditional apéritif.
    Lunch: places are reserved at the restaurant of the Musical Instruments Museum (100 metres from the KBR). Price between EUR 25.00 - 30.00.
    Registration before 25 November 2009 by sending an email to the President stating how many participants and how many lunches. You will receive a confirmation.
    Programme
    • Welcome address by P. Lefèvre: Director General, Royal Library of Belgium
    • The expeditions of Adrien de Gerlache in the Northern Waters, 1905-1909 by Wouter Bracke, Head of the Map Room of the Royal Library of Belgium - Latin and palaeography professor Université libre de Bruxelles
      Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery (1866-1934), is one of Belgian most illustrious explorers of the polar regions. He is especially famous because of the first hibernation on Antarctica (1897-1899). Less known are the three expeditions de Gerlache directed on the demand of the Duke of Orléans in 1905, 1907 and 1909 respectively. In 1941 de Gerlache’s daughter Marie-Louise, employee of the Royal Library of Belgium, donated a small collection of about 100 maps from the personal archives of Adrien de Gerlache. The paper will concentrate on the more than 20 maps related to the expeditions in the Northern Waters.
    • Alexander von Humboldt and Cartography – the new map image of Americas by Imre Demhardt, History of Cartography Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
      Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was hailed unanimously during his lifetime as ‘the greatest travelling scientist who ever lived’ (Charles Darwin). This presentation introduces to an extraordinary life with a variety of major achievements derived from a perception changing voyage through South & Central America in 1799-1804 prompting nothing less than a science based 'second age of discovery'. The leitmotif will be Humboldt's cartographic contributions to a new image of the Americas.
    • Rediscovering a cartographic legacy: the role of old maps in defining the Dutch colonial area in the 19th and 20thcenturies by Paul van den Brink, historian and member of the Explokart Research Team of the University of Utrecht.
      During the 19th and 20th centuries, old maps by Dutch explorers and sailors were used intensively by political and scientific organisations to define the vast Dutch colonial areas in Asia, Africa and South America. The paper focuses on the way the history of cartography was (mis)used to support and secure also the Dutch claims on parts of the arctic area.
    • Celestial Cartography in the Low Countries by Rob H. van Gent, URU EXPLOKART – Faculty of Geosciences - Utrecht University
      This lecture will present a summary and a chronological overview of the large volume of cartographical material depicting the celestial sphere and the heavenly bodies published in the Low Countries between the early 16th century and the middle of the 19th century. This material, much of which is little known, includes celestial maps, celestial globes, lunar maps, eclipse maps, maps depicting cometary paths and other celestial phenomena.
    • The story of Christian Friedrich Damberger by Christoph Andreas, Research Assistant, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany)
      Reports on expeditions to Africa around 1800 have been often underestimated in the scientific literature. The colourful accounts drawn up by Christian Friedrich Damberger also known under several pseudonyms should be hold as an example. He published stories of expeditions which were only summaries of travels, already described by established authors. The paper demonstrates the importance of such non-academically cartographic practice.
    • The maps of the exploration of the Congo by Duarte Lopez (1591) by Wulf Bodenstein, Honorary President, BIMCC
      The Portuguese merchant Duarte Lopez arrived in what is now Angola in 1578. The extent of his real travels in the Congo and in Angola is in doubt, but his account of that part of Africa, largely based on indigenous sources and recorded by Filippo Pigafetta in his Relatione del Reame di Congo, published in Rome in 1591 by Bartolomeo Grassi, represents a milestone in the exploration of Africa. The maps that were included in this and following publications of this work are presented and analyzed in this presentation.
    Saturday 7 November 2009
    8th Paris Map Fair
    Paris, France
    The BIMCC will be present.
    With participants from France, UK, Spain, Italy, USA, Belgium and the Netherlands. The fair is a one-day event with an cocktail reception and dinner on Friday night, 6 November. Reservation for the dinner is required and open to all, seat availability is limited.
    Opening hours are 11.00 - 18.00.
    Hôtel Ambassador, 16 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris.
    URI: http://www.map-fair.com/
    Sundays 1 and 8 and Wednesday 11 November 2009
    Orienteering in the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud
    Brussels
    We propose to the participants three opportunities to practice orienteering in the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud.
    Orienteering is an activity that require navigational skills using a map and a compass to navigate from point to point. When ready to start you will receive a map on which small circles show the places to visit. These are physical or man-made features in the forest: the end of a ditch, the crossing of two paths, the junction of two watercourses, a knoll, a pit, etc. A small electronic device will allow you to attest that you have visited the point. At the end of the course, the controls are checked. The duration of the activity will not normally exceed two hours.
    Beside the competition, training sessions are organised for those not acquainted with the activity. Compasses are available.
    An annual event: Les Trois Jours de la Forêt de Soignes is organised by the orienteering clubs ASUB Orientation and Altaïr.
    • Sunday 1 November 2009 in Uccle at 10.00 h
    • Sunday 8 November 2009 in Groenendael at 10.00 h
    • Wednesday 11 November 2009 in Auderghem at 10.00 h
    Participants are asked to pay EUR 7.50.
    Please contact webmaster@bimcc.org before 20 October 2009.
    Wednesday 28 October 2009
    51th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    Saturday 17 October 2009 at 10:30

    zwin_03 (350K)

    t Meerderdeel van t OOST-VRYE in VLAENDEREN vertoonende doprechte gelegenh: der Landen, Fortressen, Schansen ende de nieuw bedijckte Polders t Sedert den Jare 1648, 1656 - Gedruckt by Nicolaes Visscher Anno 1656 (part). Copyright: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague

    BIMCC Autumn Excursion
    Knokke-Heist, Belgium
    This year's excursion will take us to the Sincfala, Museum van de Zwinstreek's collection of coastal maps of Belgium.
    Venue: Sincfala, Museum van de Zwinstreek, Pannenstraat 140, 8300 Knokke-Heist
    F. Theerens the curator will introduce us to coastal maps that changed so often during the religious wars of the 16th century. He will demonstrate how the Zwin region changed as a result of polder formation and urbanisation during the 19th-20th century.
    After lunch a visit will be organised to the remaining Retranchement forts.
    The visit will be limited to 20 participants, and preference will be given to paid-up BIMCC members. Non-members may be admitted if places remain available.
    Registration before 7 October 2009, by sending an email to the President stating how many participants and how many lunches. You will receive a confirmation.
    Thursday 3 September 2009
    50th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    September 2009
    BIMCC Newsletter No 35 issued

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    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • Czech explorer and cartographer Emil Holub honoured
      • The First Atlas of Belgium: An Exhibition at the Royal Library of Belgium
    • Looks at books
      • Johannes Van Keulen, The great new and enlarged Sea Atlas of the Water World
      • Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570-1641). Characteristics and development of a sample of on verso map texts.
    • History and Cartography
      • The Coronelli globes in the Royal Library of Belgium
      • R. Fitzroy and the Beagle Channel
      • The Peutinger Table
      • Antwerp, a forgotten marquisate-The origin of the C. J. Visscher Map
    • BIMCC news
      • ICHC 2009
      • Formatting Europe, Mapping a Continent: Proceedings of 6th BIMCC Conference
      • BIMCC Programme 2009
      • International Atlas Days 2009
      • View of the forbidden world in late 19th century Japan
    • International news & events
    • Auction calendar
    September 2009
    Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent
    Proceedings of the 6th International BIMCC Conference issued


    BELGEO 2008•3-4 (699K)
    That Conference, which took place on Friday 16 November 2007, at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), was a very special event in the life of the BIMCC. It was part of a joint cartographic programme, launched in cooperation with the Royal Library, in the framework of the europalia.europa festival marking the fiftieth jubilee year of the European Union.
    The event also marked the tenth, and last, year of Wulf Bodenstein’s presidency of the BIMCC. He discussed his idea of organizing a major cartographic event in relation to the history of Europe with Wouter Bracke, Head of the Maps and Plans section at the KBR who shared his enthusiasm. It was thus decided to mount a map exhibition at the KBR on the theme Formatting Europe-Mapping a Continent and to hold the annual BIMCC Conference, on the same theme, also at the KBR on the day of the exhibition opening, all as part of the official europalia.europa programme.
    The Proceedings of the Conference have now just been published by the Royal Geographical Society of Belgium, as a double number of their BELGEO journal, after a rather strict peer review process. This publication is a first in the life of the BIMCC!
    BIMCC members and supporters who subscribed before the Conference should have received their copy of the proceedings; others can still acquire them (at a cost of EUR 30.00) by contacting the BIMCC or BELGEO.
    BELGEO, Belgian journal of geography - 2008•3-4 - Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent
    BELGEO - Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP246, Boulevard du Triomphe, B-1050 Brussels 23 x 15.5 cm, 226 pp. with many illustrations, mostly in full colour. ISSN 1377-2368, EUR 30.00 for Belgium, EUR 36.00 for other countries.
    To order: contact the BIMCC (editor@bimcc.org) or BELGEO - GEO Instituut, Celestijnenlaan 220E, B-3001 Heverlee (Leuven)
    The Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent publication comprises the full text of presentations made at the Conference on 16 November 2007 (shown below with *), as well as additional, original articles by renowned specialists in the history of cartography, also on the theme of mapping Europe:
    • Wulf Bodenstein - Editorial: Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent
    • Wouter Bracke - Cartes d’Europe : quelques réflexions
    • Jean-Charles Ducene - L’Europe dans la cartographie arabe médiévale
    • Henk A. M. van der Heijden - Gedrukte kaarten van Europa vóór Ortelius. Een toevoegsel
    • Monique Pelletier - Quelle Europe pour les cartographes des XVIe et XVIIe siècles ?
    • Leena Miekkavaara - Unknown Europe: the mapping of the Northern Countries by Olaus Magnus in 1539 (*)
    • Krystyna Szykula - Anthony Jenkinson’s unique wall map of Russia (1562) and its influence on European cartography (*)
    • Rodney Shirley - Allegorical images of Europe in some atlas title pages, frontispieces and map cartouches
    • Peter H. Meurer - Europa Regina. 16th century maps of Europe in the form of a queen
    • Peter van der Krogt - Mapping the towns of Europe: the European towns in Braun & Hogenberg’s town atlas, 1572-1617 (*)
    • Bernard Jouret - Jean-Charles Houzeau and his relief map of Europe (1857) presented by contour lines
    • Gilles Palsky - Connections and exchange in European thematic cartography. The case of 19th century chloropleth maps (*)
    • Adrian Seville - The geographical Jeux de l’Oie of Europe
    • Roderick M. Barron - Bringing the map to life: European satirical maps, 1845 – 1945 (*)
    Angelo Cattaneo and Markus Heinz were not in a position to publish the text of the presentation they made at the Conference on 16 November 2007.
    May 2009
    BIMCC Newsletter No 34 issued

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    Contents
    • Looks at books
      • Sea charts of the North Sea and of the Baltic Sea
      • Four contributions on the History of Cartography by Christian Sandler (1858-1912)
      • Courtiers and Cannibals, Angels and Amazons
      • Testarossa
    • Sic itur ad astra — Voyage to the Romanian heaven
    • History and Cartography
      • North-West Canada as seen by Vandermaelen
      • Maps of Malta, focal point of the Mediterranean (final part)
    • BIMCC news
      • BIMCC Activity Report 2008
      • 11th Annual General Meeting
      • BIMCC Programme 2009
      • 11th Map Evening
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    Wednesday 29 April 2009
    49th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    7 March 2009
    Map Evening
    Brussels
    At 17.30 h
    Rue du Nord 76 / Noordstraat 76, 1000 Brussels
    Our traditional Map Evening brings together all those interested in maps — members as well as non-members — for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle.
    7 March 2009
    11th Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    Brussels
    At 16.00 h
    All current (paid-up) members are invited to participate. However, according to the Statutes adopted in 2005, only Active Members have a vote. A personal invitation to this AGM with the agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail.

    Ferraris (72K)

    Plan Topographique de la Ville de Bruxelles (portion), Joseph de Ferraris, 1777

    In order to reinforce our Team, we invite those of our ordinary members interested in taking an active role in the life of the BIMCC to contact President Eric Leenders (info@bimcc.org). The AGM would be very pleased to welcome new supporters in the group currently comprising 22 Active Members, of whom 11 serve on the Executive Committee. Active Members interested in joining the Executive Committee should write to the President (info@bimcc.org) before 15 February 2009.
    7 March 2009
    48th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    January 2009
    BIMCC Newsletter No 33 issued

    NL33_cover_t (140K)

    Contents
    • Looks at books
      • History of Cartography of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern …
    • History and Cartography
      • Maps of Malta, focal point of the Mediterranean
      • Enclaves in Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog. A cartographic puzzle.
      • Cities of the world
      • Plan of Valenciennes, 1581 ('Map of the season')
      • ICA Symposium: Shifting Boundaries – Cartography in the 19th and 20th centuries
      • CFC colloquium: Maps, Climate, and the Environment from Antiquity to Present
    • BIMCC news
      • BIMCC Autumn Excursion to the Leiden University Library
      • BIMCC Study Session
      • BIMCC Programme 2009
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    Saturday 31 January 2009
    Le mètre et le cadastre parcellaire (The metre and the cadastre)
    Braine l’Alleud, Belgium
    BIMCC visit, guided by Jan de Graeve on Saturday 31 January 2009 at 10.00.
    Monday 5 January 2009
    47th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    20.00 h
    Saturday 13 December 2008
    BIMCC Study Session
    Brussels
    Programme:
    • Peter van der Krogt (Prof. Utrecht University): Latin and cartography. This will be a practicle session and not a grammatical course. He will translate and comments short Latin cartouche texts. He has published a superb article on the use of Latin on maps (available in Dutch and English).
    • Martijn Storms (Curator Bodel Nyenhuis Collection Leiden): Compass-windroses. He will lead us through the world of the wind and compass roses. He will also trace them back to their regional origin and tell us whether there is a connection with the rhumb lines on portolans.
    • Eric Leenders (M.D.) & Jan De Graeve (Surveyor and historian in surveying techniques): Topography in practice. They will demonstrate the true first topographical trials by triangulation realised by J. van Deventer on his regional maps. These maps were reconstructed to wall maps on which we will demonstrate some triangles. The precise results obtained by the grandissimo geografo will surprise you.
    • Francis Herbert (Former Curator of maps at the Royal Geographical Society): Maps on the north pole. He will update his thesis and present the evolution of maps of the north pole, from the imaginary black stone from Mercator to a more realistic view, namely masses of packed ice blocking the entrance of the Bering Straits. He will describe the failed passage trials to the east and west.
    • H. Decleir (Prof. Geography, VU Brussels): North pole maps in the future. Our generation is witnessing for the first time how climate is changing the earth and will ultimately necessitate new maps. Ice is melting fast. Already a passage to the west of the Arctic looks feasible in our lifetime - the one to the east will be witnessed by our children. This is already leading to the creation of not only new landscape maps but also geological ones due to the presence of oil under the north pole.
    All presentations will be held in English. Each presentation will last approx. 35 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions. A conference hand-out with the professional profile of each speaker and an abstract will be distributed.
    9.30 - 16.00
    Venue: House of the Belgian Union of Expert Surveyors, Rue du Nord / Noordstraat 76, 1000 Brussels (Metro Madou or Arts-Loi/Kunst-Wet).
    Admission is free for paid-up BIMCC Members; non-members pay EUR 10.00 at the reception desk. This includes the traditional apéritif. Participation in the Speakers'lunch at own expense (about EUR 30.00). Registrations can be sent by e-mail to info@bimcc.org.
    Wednesday 19 November 2008
    46th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    Friday 24 October 2008
    BIMCC Autumn Excursion
    Leiden
    Leiden University Library 'Bodel Nyenhuis Map Collection'.
    Bodel Nyenhuis (1797-1872) was a pioneer in cartography. He worked in the book business and collected books and maps. He left his collection to the University of Leiden.
    The Bodel Nyenhuis Collection has a new curator, Martijn Storms. He is willing to prepare a special map exhibition during the afternoon. He will guide us through the collection, rich with van Keulen manuscript maps, sea charts, VOC maps, colonial maps a.o. He will also show us the library.
    At 13.00, Witte Singel 27, NL-2311 BG Leiden
    September 2008
    BIMCC Newsletter No 32 issued
    Contents
    • Places with maps: Genoa
    • Looks at books
      • The manuscript atlases by Christian Sgrooten
      • Petermann’s Planet – A Guide to German Handatlases and their Siblings … 1800-1950. Vol. II: The rare and small Handatlases including Globes
      • Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica, Vol. VIII: Jodocus Hondius (1563 - 1612) and Petrus Kaerius (1571 - c.1646)
    • History and Cartography
      • The ‘Vlassenbroeck’ mystery
      • About De Bouge's map of Europe
      • A citizen of Bruges witnesses the first circumnavigation by Magellan
      • Martino Martini, Novus Atlas sinensis – 1655
    • BIMCC news
      • Wulf Bodenstein receives the IMCoS Helen Wallis Award 2008
      • Exhibition at the Mercator Museum in St-Niklaas: The 17 Provinces on old maps
      • BIMCC Programme 2008
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    May 2008
    BIMCC Newsletter No 31 issued
    Contents
    • Places with maps: A rewarding discovery – The Museum of Maps in Bucharest
    • Looks at books
      • Descriptio Romaniae
      • The Island of Mallorca on Maps from the end of the 15th century to about 1700
      • Fra Mauro’s World Map
      • The Book of Sea Charts
      • Ptolemy’s Handbook of Geography
      • Timor: 1250 - 2005
    • The importance of maps at the Battle of Waterloo
    • BIMCC news
      • Annual Activity Report 2007
      • 10th Annual General Meeting
      • Thank you, Mr President
      • New Executive Committee
      • A word from the new President
      • 10th Map Evening — The effect of the glasses
      • Exhibition at the Mercator Museum in St. Niklaas: The 17 Provinces on old maps
      • BIMCC Programme 2008
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    Saturday 1 March 2008
    Map Evening
    Brussels
    At 17.30 h
    House of the Belgische unie van landmeters-experten van onroerende goederen / Union belge des géomètres-experts immobiliers, Rue du Nord/Noordstraat 76, Brussels.
    Our traditional Map Evening, brings together all those interested in maps – members as well as non-members – for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising pieces come up. This is also an occasion for newcomers to get to know the Circle.
    Wine and snacks will be served; participants are asked to pay EUR 10.00 at the door for expenses.
    Please submit the enclosed registration form before 16 February 2008 to Vice-President/Secretary Eric Leenders (info@bimcc.org).
    Saturday 1 March 2008
    10th Annual General Meeting
    Brussels
    At 16.00 h
    Attention, new venue!
    House of the Belgische unie van landmeters-experten van onroerende goederen / Union belge des géomètres-experts immobiliers, Rue du Nord/Noordstraat 76, Brussels.
    All current (paid-up) members are invited to participate. However, according to the Statutes adopted in 2005, only Active Members have a vote. A personal invitation to this Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the agenda will be sent out to Active Members by separate mail.
    In order to reinforce our Team, we invite those of our ordinary members interested in taking an active role in the life of the BIMCC to contact Vice-President/Secretary Eric Leenders (info@bimcc.org).The AGM would be very pleased to welcome new supporters in this Group, currently comprising 19 members, of whom 11 serve on the Executive Committee.
    This is particularly important this year as the Executive Committee (EC) is due to be re-elected; current members are willing to continue to serve on the EC but, as Wulf Bodenstein has announced his intention to resign as President, functions will be redistributed within the EC. Active Members interested in joining the EC should write to the President (wulfbo@scarlet.be) before 1 February 2008.
    As always, this AGM will be followed by the Map Evening.
    Wednesday 20 February 2008
    42nd meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    January 2008
    BIMCC Newsletter No 30 issued


    NL30_cover_t (111K)

    Contents
    • Formatting Europe – Mapping a Continent
      • 6th International BIMCC Conference
      • The map exhibition
      • Ancient maps Calendar
    • Looks at books
      • Printed Maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic 1482-1601
      • The Mapping of Africa – A Cartobibliography of Printed Maps of the African Continent to 1700
      • The Portolan Atlas of Battista Agnese of 1546
    • The map of Flanders by Gerard Mercator and Jacob van Deventer
    • XIth Symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes
    • Cartography in the Vauban era – CFC conference
    • BIMCC news
      • BIMCC visit to the National Geographical Institute of Belgium
      • A word from the President
      • BIMCC Programme 2008
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    Friday 16 November 2007
    6th International BIMCC Conference: Formatting Europe – Mapping a Continent
    Brussels
    20071116_EuropaConferenceIntro (104K)

    This year, the BIMCC Conference was part of a joint cartographic programme, comprising an Exhibition and a Conference on the same theme, launched in cooperation with the Royal Library of Belgium, in the framework of the europalia.europa festival marking the fiftieth jubilee year of the European Union. The Conference took place in Auditorium Lippens and benefited from the very professional support of the Royal Library.

    proceedings of the Conference in 2008 by the Royal Geographic Society of Belgium.

    20071116 BIMCC Conference Speakers (702K)

    Speakers: from left to right, A. Cattaneo (Florence), P. van der Krogt (Utrecht), K. Szykula (Wroclaw), L. Miekkavaara (Helsinki), R. Barron (Sevenoaks, UK), G. Schilder (Utrecht), G. Palsky (Paris), M. Heinz (Berlin)

    The BIMCC President opened the Conference and handed over to Professor Günter Schilder (from the University of Utrecht) who had kindly accepted to act as Conference Chairman.

    The morning session started with Angelo Cattaneo (pdficon_small (1K) 74 kB) (a researcher from Florence) who spoke about Europe in late Medieval and early Renaissance World Maps: Provincializing Europe (pdficon_small (1K) 3.2 MB), drawing an interesting parallel between the representation of Europe in the 15th century mappamundi by Fra Mauro and a contemporary Korean map.

    Leena Miekkavaara (pdficon_small (1K) 69 kB) (from the National Library in Helsinki) then took us to the northern frontiers of Europe, explaining how Scandinavia, which was just a nameless island on Ptolemaïc maps, was represented properly in the 16th century: Unknown Europe: the mapping of the Northern Countries by Olaus Magnus (pdficon_small (1K) 3.3 MB).

    After a coffee break during which the public could intermingle with speakers, Krystyna Szykula (pdficon_small (1K) 65 kB) (just retired from Wroclaw University) presented Anthony Jenkinson’s unique wall map of Russia (1562) and its influence on European cartography (pdficon_small (1K) 295 kB).

    Peter van der Krogt (pdficon_small (1K) 113 kB) (from the University of Utrecht) made an analysis of European towns in Braun & Hogenberg’s town atlas (pdficon_small (1K) 553 kB), detailing their contents and presentation.

    Most participants could join in the Speakers’ Lunch in a nearby, pleasant restaurant and pursue informal exchanges with the speakers.

    Markus Heinz (pdficon_small (1K) 3.6 MB) (from the Berlin State Library) had the difficult task to begin the after-lunch session and managed to keep the audience interested with Europe as seen by the Homann publishing firm in Nürnberg in the 18th century.

    Roderick Barron (pdficon_small (1K) 69 kB) (antique map specialist operating from Sevenoaks, UK) talked about Bringing the map to life : European satirical maps, 1845 – 1945 (pdficon_small (1K) 2.9 MB), and brought in an unusual aspect of the relationship between history and cartography.

    After another coffee break, Gilles Palsky (pdficon_small (1K) 69 kB) (from Paris Sorbonne University) also brought in an unusual aspect of cartography, showing how maps began to be used to convey non-geographical information: Connections and exchange in European cartography: the example of 19th century choropleth maps (pdficon_small (1K) 2.1 MB).

    Finally, Bernard Jouret (pdficon_small (1K) 1.8 MB) (from the Université libre de Bruxelles) explained how one of his countrymen introduced the third dimension in cartography: The space perception of the relief of Europe by contour lines: the remarkable work of J.-C. Houzeau, edited in 1857.

    20071116_BIMCC-ConferenceEuropalia_15_Jouret (559K)

    Bernard Jouret (Brussels) at the Conference

    There was then a formal session, making the transition between the Conference and the official opening of the Exhibition of Maps on the same theme, Formatting Europe – Mapping a Continent.

    After the speeches by M. Patrick Lefèvre, Director General of the Royal Library, and Ms Kristin De Mulder, Europalia Director General, the President of the BIMCC took the floor to congratulate all participants and praise the excellent cooperation between the KBR and the BIMCC.

    Wouter Bracke, Head of Plans and Maps at the Royal Library and Curator of the Exhibition, then explained the concepts behind the exhibition and the difficulties faced during its preparation. He then led the public into the refurbished Houyoux Hall, for the first visit.

    The day was concluded, in the former hall of the Library, with a nice reception cocktail offered to Conference participants and guests of Europalia, the Royal Library, and the BIMCC.



    Friday 21 September 2007
    BIMCC Autum Excursion to the National Geographic Institute (NGI/IGN)
    Abbaye de la Cambre, Brussels

    On 21 September 2007 a BIMCC party of 12 met at the 'Ter Kameren / La Cambre' abbey in Brussels to visit the NGI/IGN of Belgium. Situated in a park in one of the nicest residential quarters of the city, this abbey of Cistercian nuns still has its gothic church and cloister, as well as some fine classical buildings, set in French gardens.

    We were welcomed in a classroom where several speakers would join us, to explain about the work that is done in the various departments of the Institute.

    Mr. Steven Roovers gave the introduction, describing both the history and the activities of the NGI/IGN.

    In its present form, it dates from 1976, when it became a semi-autonomous Institute that gets its budget for three thirds from the Belgian Ministry of Defence and one third out of its own activities. Up until that date, it had a military status, being the heir to the 'Dépôt de la guerre et de la topographie', established in 1831, right after the independence of Belgium.

    BIMCC Autum Excursion to the National Geographic Institute (1751K)

    As far as the process of mapmaking is concerned, 1947 is another important date: so far, making maps had always been based on field work, but after the WWII aerial photography was the new technique. The nineties brought on yet another new technique: in stead of just making maps, the focus shifted to Geographical Information Systems. Moreover, the monopoly the Institute had enjoyed until then was ended and cooperating in European projects became the new key word. Mr Roovers then briefly described the different activities of the NGI/IGN: the construction and maintenance of a geodetic framework, the collecting of topographical data (and updating them), maintaining historical data like old maps, making non-standard products like tourist maps and finally - and of course still today – military activities. Some 260 people work on all these tasks.

    We were joined by Mr Pierre Vervloet who explained the work that is being done by the department of geodesy. Since after WWII most of the geodetic signs on Belgian territory had been destroyed and the Bonne map projection that was used until then had proven to be rather inadequate, a whole new geodetic planimetric network, based on the Lambert projection, was created. Today, some 4 200 survey points cover the national surface and are under constant maintenance. They form the reference system for positioning terrain objects (X, Y). As for the altimetric system (Z), Belgium uses a net of some 19 000 signs, spread over the country and with an 0-level (the average sea level at low tide) situated in Ostend.

    The photogrammetry department was introduced by Mr Jan Beyen. The main tasks of this department are aerial photography, field completion and stereo plotting. First, aerial photos are taken. Bad weather or too leafy trees are just some of the limiting factors here. After this, photos are scanned and via aero-triangulation the correct coordinates of all photo-points are calculated. Stereoscopy is used to extract 3D data (x, y, z) from the photographs, which means that, through a special technique, the operators can look at the images on their computer screen from different angles. This is possible because the initial aerial photos were taken with an overlap, so the same area is covered twice by photos taken from a different angle. Each eye of the technician looks as it were from a different point of view. This three-dimensional image allows a better recognition and interpretation of what is seen on the terrain. Finally, the 3D data have to be completed by field work to specify for instance the type of buildings they are showing, objects covered by trees, etc.

    Mrs Anne Fechir explained how the Special Data Infrastructure department has created a new basic vector database on a scale of 1:10 000. This scale is chosen by the Institute because it is both the largest scale allowing showing a surveyable image of the territory and the smallest one that doesn’t distort topographical reality. The data shown on this scale are roads, hydrography, railway networks, land use and buildings. The NGI/IGN has chosen this scale as ‘the scale of the future’: it will be permanently updated from now on, with a fully automated process (this means without people having to go into the field).

    There is also the vector database on a 1:50 000 scale, and one on a 1:20 000 scale, both derived from the 1:10 000 scale. However, this kind of 'map generalising' is not a simple question of reducing data, it is far more complicated. Finally, there is the 1:100 000 vector database, which was of military origin.

    Finally, Mr Lardinois joined us. He had brought a selection of old documents from the archives of the Institute. We saw a map from around 1818, showing the boundaries of France and the then Kingdom of The Netherlands, of which Belgium was a part. A map of the famous Battle of Ramillies (1706), a village in what is today the Belgian Province du Brabant Wallon, was commissioned by the French army and made by the Belgian army in 1844, after doing fieldwork. Several maps of land registry of the first half of the 19th century followed. We also were shown the 1853 map of the Rives de la Dyle, the first map of Belgium showing contour lines, the 0-level being the confluent of the rivers Dyle and Demer. Next came something quite incredible: those who are familiar with the Belgian coast will know there is one feature that makes it stand out: apartment blocks. The 1877 series of maps of the coast show it in its pristine state, without any buildings. We were also shown the first topographical map of Belgium, from 1865 and some manuscript drawings of Brussels on a 1:2 500 scale, dating from 1874, and finally some remakes of older maps (1:20 000) from the beginning of the 20th century, when, instead of lithography, zincography was used. When some of us expressed the desire to see some specific maps, Mr Lardinois proved to be a very patient and kind person, taking us to another wing of the building, opening drawers and cabinets, delving into tons of material to find the objects of our desire. Top of the bill for me were the working documents of the Comitee, installed in 1839, to execute the Treaty of London of 19 April 1839, by which the territory of the new state, Belgium, was defined. The Comitee, based in Maastricht and consisting of representatives of both Belgium and The Netherlands, had to draw the actual borderlines between both countries and worked on it from 1839 to 1843. On the drawings, one can actually see how the Comitee proceeded in detail. Fascinating.

    And so our visit to the NGI/IGN ended. Had we ever supposed that today, with computers and everything, map making 'was just a button away' we were now convinced of its complexity and some of use have no doubt discovered material in the archives of the Institute for an article in one of the next Newsletters.

    Caroline De Candt

    November - December 2007
    2008 Calendar: Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent - Ancient maps
    2008 Calendar: Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent - Ancient maps (10K)
    In connection with the Europalia exhibition, Aquaterra NV took the initiative to publish a calendar (http://www.aquaterra.be/_files/news/1.pdf) with a selection of ancient maps from the collections of the Royal Library of Belgium shown at the exhibition. As the exhibition itself, the calendar is a joint project of the Royal Library of Belgium, the Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle (BIMCC) and Europalia. The twelve maps selected range from the Middle Ages till the 20th century and are reproduced in large format (62 x 40 cm).
    It will be available at the exhibition, the Royal Library of Belgium, the BIMCC, and Aquaterra NV (http://www.aquaterra.be). Price: EUR 45.00. Only a limited number of this extraordinary calendar have been printed, making it a real collector's item.
    17 November 2007 - 8 February 2008
    Exhibition of Maps: Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent
    Brussels
    From: Atlas Universel des Cinq Parties du Monde, dressé par Messrs. C.V. Monin & A.R. Fremin, Gravé par Benard. Paris, chez Binet, 1836. 195 x 250 mm. (Private collection) (4095 kB)

    From: Atlas Universel des Cinq Parties du Monde, dressé par Messrs. C.V. Monin & A.R. Fremin, Gravé par Benard. Paris, chez Binet, 1836. 195 x 250 mm. (Private collection) (4095 kB)

    European cartographers have depicted Europe throughout the centuries in several ways: allegorically, physically, politically, etc. Voluntarily or not, they sometimes took liberties with the reality. But this also was changing during the periods, specially relating to state borders.
    The exhibition shows maps from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The maps vary in aspect, aim and scale and have only one common feature: their subject. Grouped chronologically, they show the fascinating evolution of the continent and of its cartography.
    It is a joint project of the Royal Library of Belgium, the Brussels International Map Collectors' Circle (BIMCC) and Europalia.
    The exhibition will last until 8 February 2008.
    An illustrated catalogue (in two versions, Dutch and French) is available at the price of 15.00 EUR. It has been published under the scientific direction of Wouter Bracke, Lisette Danckaert (BIMCC member), Caroline De Candt (BIMCC member) and Marguerite Silvestre. 142 pages. 12 x 23 cm. ISBN 2-87093-163-8.
    Address: Houyoux Hall, Royal Library, Kunstberg - Monts des Arts, Brussels.
    Further information from the Curator of the Exhibition, Wouter Bracke, Head of the Map Room at the Royal Library, tel +00 32 (0) 2 519 57 43, e-mail: wouter.bracke@kbr.be
    Wednesday 12 December 2007
    41th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    Friday 16 November 2007 at 18.30
    Official opening of the Exhibition of Maps: Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent
    Brussels
    European cartographers have depicted Europe throughout the centuries in several ways: allegorically, physically, politically, etc. Voluntarily or not, they sometimes took liberties with the reality. But this also was changing during the periods, specially relating to state borders.
    The exhibition will show maps from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The maps vary in aspect, aim and scale and have only one common feature: their subject. Grouped chronologically, they show the fascinating evolution of the continent and of its cartography.
    The exhibition will last until end 8 February 2008, and a bi-lingual catalogue (Dutch, French) will be available.
    Address: Houyoux Hall, Royal Library, Kunstberg - Monts des Arts, Brussels.
    Further information from the Curator of the Exhibition, Wouter Bracke, Head of the Map Room at the Royal Library, tel +00 32 (0) 2 519 57 43, e-mail: wouter.bracke@kbr.be
    Friday 16 November 2007, 09.30 - 17.00
    6th International BIMCC Conference
    Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent
    Brussels
    Every two years, Europalia International organizes a major international multidisciplinary arts festival to celebrate one country's cultural heritage, receiving over one million visitors during the last event in 2005. In 2007, the festival will be devoted to the culture of Europe and its 27 Member States to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome.
    The Royal Library of Belgium and the BIMCC have launched a joint programme consisting of an Exhibition and a Conference on the theme of Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent which is now part of the official Europalia.europa programme.
    Programme :
    • Conference Chairman: Prof Günther Schilder (Utrecht)
    • Angelo Cattaneo (Florence): Europe on late Medieval and early Renaissance World Maps: provincializing Europe
    • Leena Miekkavaara (Helsinki): Unknown Europe: the mapping of the Northern Countries by Olaus Magnus 1539
    • Krystyna Szykula (Wroclaw): Anthony Jenkinson’s unique wall map of Russia (1562) and its influence on European cartography
    • Peter van der Krogt (Utrecht): European towns in Braun & Hogenberg’s town atlas
    • Markus Heinz (Berlin): Europe as seen by the Homann publishing firm in Nürnberg in the 18th century
    • Roderick Barron (Sevenoaks, UK): Bringing the map to life: European satirical maps, 1845 – 1945
    • Gilles Palsky (Paris): Connections and exchange in European cartography: the example of 19th century statistical maps
    • Bernard Jouret (Brussels): The space perception of the relief of Europe by contour lines: the remarkable work of J.-C. Houzeau, edited in 1857
    09.30 – 18.00
    Address: Auditorium Lippens, Royal Library, Kunstberg | Mont des Arts, Brussels.
    More details from Wulf Bodenstein, tel. +32 (2) 772 69 09. Registration form.
    The BIMCC is grateful for special sponsorship in favour of its part in the joint Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent project to the following partners:
    • Librairie Henri Godts
    • The Romantic Agony
    • Antiquariaat Sanderus
    • Antiquariaat Plantijn
    • Puilaetco Dewaay Private Bankers
    • Loeb-Larocque
    • Paulus Swaen
    • Maselis N.V.
    • Passage de Douro BVBA
    Wednesday 17 October 2007
    40th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    September 2007
    BIMCC Newsletter No 29 issued
    Friday 21 September 2007
    BIMCC Autum Excursion to the National Geographic Institute
    Brussels
    Abbaye de la Cambre, Brussels
    Monday 10 September 2007
    39th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    Wednesday 20 June 2007
    38th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    May 2007
    BIMCC Newsletter No 28 issued


    Newsletter No 28 (111K)

    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • I: Magna Regio (Luxembourg with a common region)
      • II: Belgium on maps
    • Places with maps
      • The Geographical Panels in the Medici Guardaroba… revisited
    • Quick Looks at books
      • Shorter notes on five recent publications
    • Caert-Thresoor, a minor atlas as title of a journal
    • Christiaan van Adrichem: Initiation to the man, the book, the maps
    • BIMCC News
      • BIMCC Spring excursion to Rotterdam
      • Annual Activity Report 2006
      • BIMCC 9th Annual General Meeting
      • Map Evening
      • Programme for 2007
    • International news and events
    • Günter Schilder 65 years
    • Auction calendar
    28 April 2007
    Map Evening
    Brussels
    17.30 h
    At the Collège Saint-Michel, Rue Père Eugène Devroye 12, 1040 Bruxelles (Be careful: different entrance!)
    28 April 2007
    9th Annual General Meeting
    Brussels
    16.30 h
    At the Collège Saint-Michel, Rue Père Eugène Devroye 12, 1040 Bruxelles (Be careful: different entrance!)
    29 March 2007
    37th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    3 March 2007
    Spring Excursion to the Exhibition of VOC sea charts Treasure from Corpus Christi at the Maritiem Museum
    Rotterdam
    January 2007
    BIMCC Newsletter No 27 issued


    Newsletter No 27

    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • Images de Mons en Hainaut
    • Looks at books
      • I: The atlas of atlases
      • II: Go East, young man, A 'China-Indonesia' double vision
      • III: Five centuries of maps and charts of Croatia
      • IV: The van Keulen cartography, Amsterdam 1680-1885
      • Short notices on recent publications
    • The BIMCC visit to Utrecht University
    • Anchors aweigh on the fifth international BIMCC conference
    • History of cartography
      • Cosmography and sea charts in the 16th c.: Martin Waldseemüller's case
      • The portolan charts of Vincentius Demetrius Volcius
    • BIMCC News
      • Programme for 2007 and Europalia
      • Festschrift Lisette Danckaert
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    9 January 2007
    36th meeting of the Executive Committee
    Brussels
    9 December 2006
    5th International biennial conference: Charting the Seas - Seven centuries of maritime cartography
    Brussels
    The following Speakers have agreed to present a paper:
    • Prof. Corradino Astengo, University of Genova: Portolan charts and 'the art of navigation' - Fourteenth to sixteenth century
    • Monique Pelletier, Paris: Cosmography and sea charts in the early sixteenth century: Martin Waldseemüller's case
    • Drago Novak, Čakovec (Croatia), The Portolan Charts of Vicentius Demetrius Volcius (1563-1607)
    • Prof Günter Schilder, University of Utrecht: Early Dutch maritime cartography (1532-1630)
    • Dr Dirk de Vries, Oostburg (The Netherlands): The manuscript charts by the Van Keulen firm: a special mapcorpus
    • Dr Andrew Cook, India Office Records, British Library, London: British maritime charting of the East Indies and the creation of the Admiralty Hydrographic Office
    The Conference Chairman will be Hans Kok. As usual, the event will take place at the Collège Saint Michel, Boulevard Saint Michel 24, 1040 Brussels.
    11 November 2006
    BIMCC present at the 5th Paris Map Fair
    Paris
    24 October 2006
    35th meeting of the Executive Committee
    13 October 2006, 14.30
    Excursion to the Map Room of the University Library
    Utrecht
    This year's excursion will take us on Friday 13 October to the Map Room of the University Library in Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht.
    Dr Marco van Egmond, the newly appointed Map Curator, will guide us through a display of selected maps from their important collection, and this will be followed by a presentation of the Explokaart Research Programme by Paula van Gestel, the programme coordinator.
    11 September 2006
    34th meeting of the Executive Committee
    September 2006
    BIMCC Newsletter No 26


    Newsletter No 26

    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition
      • I: Europe's vision of the world on old maps
      • II: The Dutch mapping of Australia
    • Places with maps
      • La Galleria delle Carte Geografiche
    • Looks at books
      • I: Miniature Antique Maps
      • II: The Map Book
      • III: Valetta Citta Nuova
    • The Struve Meridian Arc
    • Those brilliant but forgotten scientists of the 19th century
    • BIMCC News
      • Programme for 2006
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    9 May 2006
    33rd meeting of the Executive Committee
    May 2006
    BIMCC Newsletter No 25
    Contents
    • Looks at books:
      • The Commerce of Cartography
      • Nederlandse zeekaarten uit de Gouden Eeuw
      • There is nothing wrong with a coffee table book
      • Ieper à la carte
      • Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America
      • Early Mapping of the Pacific
    • Those brilliant but forgotten scientists of the 19th century (Part II)
    • Nova Totius Belgii: Confusion!
    • Land Surveyors and their Maps in the 18th century Duchy of Brabant
    • BIMCC programme for 2006
    • Annual Activity Report 2005
    • Annual General Meeting
    • Map Evening
    • International news & events
    • Auction results and calendar
    22 April 2006 at 16.30
    8th Annual General Meeting
    Brussels
    22 April 2006 at 17.30
    Map Evening
    Brussels
    15 February 2006
    32nd meeting of the Executive Committee
    January 2006
    BIMCC Newsletter No 24
    Contents
    • Pictures at an exhibition:
      • I: Cotton & Company
      • II: From the Azores to New Zealand
      • III: The provincial road atlases
    • Looks at books:
      • History of Brabant
      • The Atlas Maior of 1665
      • Ancient maps of the island Ré
    • Successful Study Session on Belgian cartography
    • Maps by Fricx
    • Seven letters to Abraham Ortelius acquired
    • Those brilliant but forgotten scientists of the 19th century
    • Visit to Dr. Tomasz Niewodniczański in Bitburg
    • BIMCC programme for 2006
    • International news & events
    • Auction results and calendar
    Saturday 10 December 2005
    Sixth Study Session
    Belgian cartography - 16th to 19th centuries
    Brussels
    In the context of the celebrations marking Belgium’s 175th anniversary, the 6th BIMCC Study Session will be devoted to Belgian Cartography – 16th to 19th centuries.
    Programme:
    • 09.30 Welcome by the President
    • 09.35-10.10 Jan De Graeve, The surveyor Gerard Mercator: his Library and Instruments
    • 10.15-10.50 Joost Depuydt, Dedications on Ortelius’s Parergon maps
    • 10.55-11.15 Coffee
    • 11.15-11.50 Wouter Bracke, Maps by Eugène Henri Fricx (1644-1730)
    • 11.55-12.30 Luc Janssens, Land surveyors and their maps in the 18th century Duchy of Brabant
    • 12.35-13.00 Apéritif
    • 13.00-14.45 Speakers’ Lunch: Participants will have the possibility of joining the traditional lunch nearby, at the Tribune d’Etterbeek, avenue de Tervuren 105, at their own expense (ca EUR 30.00).
    • 14.45-15.20 Lisette Danckaert, Vandermaelen’s cartographical View of the World and of Brussels
    • 15.25-16.00 Bernard Jouret, Some lesser-known 19th century military and civil surveyors
    • 16.05-16.30 Discussion - Conclusion
    Some organisational points:
    • A conference Hand-out will be distributed giving, in addition to the detailed programme, a professional profile of each Speaker and an abstract of her/his presentation.
    Saturday 1 October 2005
    Excursion
    Bitburg, Germany
    BIMCC Excursion to the map collection of Dr Tomasz Niewodniczański in Bitburg, in the German Eifel region just the other side of Luxemburg. Dr Niewodniczański's unique collection has been the subject of numerous exhibitions all over Europe; see also the entry about his exhibition in Gdansk in Newsletter No 22, May 2005; a review of a recent catalogue appeared in Newsletter No 19, May 2004.
    The conducted tour will be in English, with the help of the young carto-historian Dr Kozica, and at around 13.00 we will move on to a nearby restaurant for lunch. The afternoon is free for you.
    September 2005
    BIMCC Newsletter No 23
    Contents
    • Exploring places with maps: Amsterdam Navigation Museum
    • Pictures at a gallery: Blueprint for Belgium
    • Looks at books:
      • I: Itineraria
      • II: L'aventure cartographique
      • III: Everest - The man and the mountain
    • The Belgian contribution to the measurement of the 30th meridian arc in Africa
    • BIMCC Programme for the second semester 2005
    • Map of the season: A map of Brussels by Vandermaelen
    • The Mythical Mountains of Kong
    • International Conference on the History of Cartography
    • International news & events
    • Auction calendar
    Friday 20 May 2005
    Annual excursion of the Freundeskreis für Cartographica in der Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz
    Antwerp
    The BIMCC participates in hosting the annual excursion of the Freundeskreis für Cartographica in der Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Circle of Friends of Cartography in the Prussian Cultural Foundation - Berlin) who will visit Antwerp and spend the morning of 20 May at the Plantin Museum.
    May 2005
    BIMCC Newsletter No 22
    Contents
    • Pictures at a gallery
      • La mer. Terreur et fascination
      • Monumenta Cartographica
    • Looks at books
      • Von einem, der daheim blieb, die Welt zu entdecken
        (Die Cosmographia des Sebastian Münster)
      • Geschichte der Kartographie
      • Science and technology in Islam
      • Inventaris van de handgetekende kaarten in de KBR
      • François de Dainville (1909-1971)
      • Landmeten en cartografie op de Koninglijke Academie in de 19de eeuw
      • L'atlas des atlas
      • La cartografia Europea tra primo Rinasciento e fine dell'Illuminismo
      • Egnazio Danti's anemoscope
    • Is there still a 'Scheldt question'?
    • A major restoration project at the State Archives in Belgium
    • BIMCC news
      • Annual activity report 2004
      • 7th Annual general meeting
      • 7th Map evening
      • BIMCC Programme for 2005
    • International news and events
    • Auction calendar
    Saturday 16 April 2005
    Map Evening
    Brussels
    Our traditional Map Evening, bringing together all those interested in maps — members as well as non-members — for an informal chat about a piece from their collection, and usually some quite surprising items come up.
    Note: Professor Adrian Seville plans to attend the Map evening, and to present real Jeux de France, subject of his article in our Newsletter No 21 - January 2005.
    Wine and snacks will be served; participants are asked to contribute EUR 10.00 at the door for expenses.
    Saturday 16 April 2005
    7th Annual General Meeting
    Brussels
    The 7th Annual General Meeting will be the first AGM under the revised statutes and, accordingly, will be reserved to Active Members (see report on previous page). However other Members interested in taking an active role in the life of the BIMCC may submit their application to this AGM and also become Active Members; all Members interested are invited to contact the Secretary.
    Please note that this time the Executive Committee must be renewed (12 Members maximum). Active Members who are willing to take on responsibilities in running the Circle are invited to pose their candidature to join the Executive Committee; candidates should write to the President, at least a month in advance of the meeting. Thereafter, the Executive Committee will vote to re-assign the official functions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.).
    An invitation to the AGM with the agenda will follow by mail.
    January 2005
    BIMCC Newsletter No 21
    Contents
    • Looks at books on Africa
      • I: Journey into Africa
      • II: Imperial footprints
    • BIMCC International Conference: Into and out of Africa
    • Cartographic entries in Stanley’s sketch books
    • Recent auction results on Africa
    • Map of the season: Central Africa by A. J. Wauters
    • An extraordinary example of local cartography
    • Le jeu de France-Pierre Duval’s map game
    • BIMCC news
    • Visit to the Rare Books at the Royal Library, Brussels
    • Extraordinary General Meeting
    • BIMCC programme for 2005
    • International News & Events
    • Auction Calendar
    Sunday 12 December 2004
    Royal Museum for Central Africa
    Tervuren
    A small exhibition of Stanleyana and maps of Africa of the 19th century will be organised for Conference Participants in the Stanley Pavilion of the Museum, followed by a tour of the Museum. Details will be available to participants at the Conference.
    Saturday 11 December 2004
    4th Biennal International Conference
    Into and Out of Africa — Mapping the dark continent in the later 19th century
    Brussels
    Speakers invited :
    • Caroline Batchelor (IMCoS, UK): The mythical Mountains of Kong
    • Imre Demhardt (University of Darmstadt, Germany): Developing the Cartography of German East Africa, 1856-1916
    • Olivier Loiseaux (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris): The 1:2 000 000 map of Africa by Régnauld de Lannoy de Bissy
    • Francis Herbert (Royal Geographical Society, UK): Explorers' maps in periodicals
    • Maurits Wynants (Africa Museum, Tervuren): Cartographic entries in Stanley's sketch books
    • James L. Newman (Syracuse University, USA): Imperial Footprints — the mapping of Stanley's African Journeys
    As always, this event will coincide with the Mechelen Book-Fair at which our Sponsors will be present.
    Friday 29 October 2004
    Extraordinary General Meeting
    La Tribune d'Etterbeek
    Brussels
    Access: Metro Montgomery
    Agenda: (1) Approval of the modified Statutes of the BIMCC (2) Nomination of active Members
    Friday 29 October 2004
    Visit of the Rare Books Section under the guidance of its Head, Bart Op de Beeck
    Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier / Koninklijke Bibliotheek Albert I
    Brussels
    This section has one of the richest collections of ancient atlases, cosmographies and books with maps in Belgium.
    On display will be a cross-section of the great classics (Mercator, Ortelius, Hondius, Blaeu, Visscher...), but also Ptolemy's Cosmographia in the Ulm edition of 1482 (the first with woodcut maps, by Nicolaus Germanus), a book of travels to the Holy Land by Nicolas Le Huen (Lyon, 1488, with maps and views), Peutinger Tables, Thomas More's Utopia (1516, with map), Cosmographies by Apian and Münster, travel accounts by Van Linschoten and De Bry, celestial and maritime atlases, town views by Braun & Hogenberg, Guicciardini, Bibles with maps and other rarities.
    September 2004
    BIMCC Newsletter No 20
    May 2004
    BIMCC Newsletter No 19
    Saturday 24 April 2004
    Sixth Annual General Meeting
    Collège Saint-Michel
    Brussels
    Saturday 24 April 2004
    2004 Map Evening
    same address as above
    January 2004
    BIMCC Newsletter No 18
    Saturday 13 December 2003
    Fifth Study Session
    Plans and views of towns and fortified places
    Collège Saint-Michel, Brussels
    Saturday 18 October 2003
    Visit to a map collection
    Halle