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The seventeenth Menno Hertzberger Prijs was awarded at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek on 21 March to prof.em.dr. Günter Schilder. The prize is for his entire oeuvre, but in particular for his standard work Early Dutch Maritime Cartography (2017). The Menno Hertzberger Aanmoedigingsprijs went to Dr. Arthur der Weduwen for his book Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, 1618-1700 (2017). The prizes are under the auspices of the Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren, and reward studies in the field of book history.
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The world changes. The Royal Library of Belgium is evolving into KBR, a unique discovery experience to access exceptional knowledge.
  • Many sources of authentic information for readers and researchers
  • Rich cultural programming to discover extraordinary collections in a different way
  • Inspiring spaces: a real haven of peace dedicated to calm, study and reflection
  • Fully equipped meeting rooms in a unique setting, dedicated to professional meetings

KBR's missions remain the same, but the way to execute them changes. It adapts to society, rapidly changing, and to the new expectations of today's users.
KBR is now on a new website and has adopted a new logo.
All this is to be found on KBR website in French or in Dutch. Read more.

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Contents
  • Jacopo de' Barbari and the Limits of Knowledge, by Rheagan Eric Martin, Winning Article Ristow Prize 2018
  • The Lost Early Maps of Georgetown, by Chas Langelan
  • Brands and Nineteenth Century Antique Miniature Atlases, by Roger Stewart
  • Louis Max Nell – Colorado MapMaker, by Wesley Brown
  • ICHC28 – Amsterdam Update, by Bert Johnson
  • Recent publications - This regular feature, a bibliographic listing of articles and books appearing worldwide on antique maps and globes and the history of cartography, is compiled by Leah M. Thomas.
  • Book reviews
    • A History of America in 100 Maps (Reviewer: JC McElveen)
    • Christianity Beyond Christendom: The Global Christian Experience on Medieval Mappaemundi and Early Modern World Maps (Reviewer: Marguerite Ragnow)
    • The Da Vinci Globe (Reviewer: Bob Karrow)
    • Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe (Reviewer: Wes Reisser)
  • Shorter items
Read more on http://www.washmapsociety.org/TPJ2.htm.

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The Stornoway map is one of a group belonging to Stornoway Public Library, which were sent to the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in 2017 for digitisation. However, the map could not initially be digitised due to its poor condition. It had been heavily conserved in the past, leaving the paper stained, skinned and distorted, with many large cracks, tears and losses. It had also been entirely covered in cellulose acetate lamination, making its surface very glossy. With funding from the Aurelius Trust, the NLS was able to undertake the conservation work necessary for digitisation, and the conservation project began in September 2018.
More interesting technical details about this project on https://blog.nls.uk/conserving-the-map-of-stornoway-by-james-chapman-ca-1800/ .

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Une carte du pays d’Alost, conservée aux Archives générales du Royaume (Belgique) et vieille de près de quatre siècles, a été restaurée. Cette grande carte murale (127 x 160,5 cm) relativement inconnue date de 1626 et est attribuée au cartographe Philips De Dijn, originaire d’Aspelare (Ninove). Le document est conservé au sein du fonds Arenberg.
La restauration avait été commandée par le cercle historique du pays d’Alost, qui voulait, à l’occasion de son 70e anniversaire, consacrer un numéro spécial de sa revue à ce trésor cartographique et à la figure de Philips De Dijn. La restauration a été soutenue par des subsides des pouvoirs publics flamands.
On ne sait exactement comment la carte est arrivée au sein du fonds Arenberg, conservé aux Archives générales du Royaume. La carte est orientée vers le sud et couvre le territoire de la châtellenie d’Alost (région entre l’Escaut et la Dendre). Elle contient des plans figuratifs des villes d’Alost, Grammont, Renaix et Zottegem ainsi que des plans de villes se situant en dehors du territoire, notamment Termonde, Gand, Lessines, Ninove et Audenarde. Les églises paroissiales, l’infrastructure routière, les cours d’eau, les forêts et les bâtiments importants se situant sur les frontières ou à leur proximité, sont également représentés. En dehors de la partie cartographiée, figure une construction architectonique avec cinq piliers, qui représentent cinq autres entités : les pays de Rode, Gavere, Zottegem, Boelare et Schorisse.
Source: http://www.arch.be/index.php?l=fr&m=actualites&r=toutes-les-actualites&a=2019-01-28-restauration-d-une-carte-murale-du-pays-d-alost

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Een bijna vier eeuwen oude kaart van het Land van Aalst, bewaard in het Algemeen Rijksarchief (Belgïe), is dankzij een grondige restauratie in ere hersteld. Deze vooralsnog onbekende grote wandkaart (127 x 160,5 cm) dateert van 1626 en wordt toegeschreven aan de Aspelaarse cartograaf Philips De Dijn.
De opdracht tot restauratie werd gegeven door de Geschiedkundige Vereniging Het Land van Aalst, die naar aanleiding van haar 70e verjaardag in 2018 een jubileumnummer aan dit pronkstuk en aan de figuur van Philips De Dijn heeft gewijd. De restauratie was mogelijk dankzij projectsubsidies van de Vlaamse Overheid.
Waarom de kaart in het Arenbergarchief (Algemeen Rijksarchief) terechtkwam, is onduidelijk. De kaart is op het zuiden georiënteerd en beslaat het gebied van de kasselrij Land van Aalst (regio tussen Schelde en Dender). Op de kaart zijn figuratieve stadsplattegronden van Aalst, Geraardsbergen, Ronse en Zottegem te vinden, maar ook plattegronden van buiten het landsterritorium gelegen steden zoals Dendermonde, Gent, Lessen, Ninove en Oudenaarde. De parochiekerken, wegeninfrastructuur, waterlopen, bossen en belangrijke gebouwen op of nabij de landsgrenzen zijn eveneens weergegeven. Buiten het gecarteerde deel valt meteen de architectonische constructie met vijf pilaren op, die staan voor de vijf baanderijen: de Landen van Rode, Gavere, Zottegem, Boelare en Schorisse.
Source: http://www.arch.be/index.php?l=nl&m=nieuws&r=alle-nieuwsberichten&a=2019-01-28-prachtige-wandkaart-van-het-land-van-aalst-gerestaureerd

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Contents

  • Exhibitions
    • Cartography in the Friuli region
    • The Horizons of the Beauce: Maps of the former Granary of France
    • The Republic Models the World
  • Looks at Books
    • The World seen from Asia - A Cartographic History
    • The Cooperplate Engraver Karl Kolbe (1777-1842) and his Circular Maps
  • History and Cartography
    • Peter Kolbe's Maps of the Cape of Good Hope
  • How I got into Cartography
    • Interview with Karen De Coene
  • Brussels Map Circle news
    • 20th Anniversary Celebration
    • 2019 Programme
    • Thank you Eddy
    • Paris Map Fair Globes & Instruments
  • International news
    • Representation of Space and Otherness
    • Auction calendar

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The State Archives of Belgium holds a real treasure of cartographic materials, but handing out original maps and plans in the reading rooms bears the risk of deteriorating the state of conservation of these documents. Indeed, repeated unrolling and rolling-up of these maps and plans that are sometimes of considerable size has taken its toll on the documents, which called for a large-scale digitization campaign. In recent years, some 60 000 maps and plans were digitised. This number increases steadily. Roughly 44 000 of these digital images have been processed and are now available for research.
Source: http://www.arch.be/index.php?l=en&m=news&r=all-news&a=2018-10-30-41-000-maps-and-plans-accessible-in-the-digital-reading-rooms-of-the-state-archives

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The restoration of the scale model of Rome started in October 2018.
This scale model was designed by the French architect Paul Bigot. Originally there were four models, but only two survive to this day: one at the Univerity of Caen, France (his working model) and one at the Art & History Museum in Brussels, Belgium.
The model — on scale 1:400 — measures 11 metres by 4 metres and shows Rome at the end of the 4th century CE.
The restoration started with a thorough cleaning. After this a scan has been made and the lighting, projection and sound brought back to life, together with integration of modern technology.
The restoration should be finished in September 2019. It is made possible with the help of the King Baudouin Foundation.
Read more on http://www.kmkg-mrah.be/rome.

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