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Students of the history of cartography are invited to submit papers for the 2017 Ristow Prize competition. Undergraduate, graduate, and first-year postdoctoral students of any nationality are eligible to compete. Papers must be in English, not exceeding 7500 words, and should be submitted by 1 June 2017, to Evelyn Edson, 268 Springtree Lane, Scottsville, VA 24590, U.S.A.
Appropriate illustrations, especially maps, are encouraged. The winning essay will receive a cash prize of USD 1000.00 and will be published in The Portolan, the journal of the Washington Map Society. The prize, named in honor of the late Dr. Walter W. Ristow, is sponsored by the Washington Map Society of Washington, D. C.
For more information, including a list of previous winners, go to the website www.washmap.org or contact Dr. Edson at eedson@pvcc.edu.

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We are pleased to announce the publication by our Sponsor Brepols of Vincenzo Coronelli | Cosmographer (1650-1718) by Marica Milanesi.
472 pages, 44 col. ills., 210 x 270 mm, ISBN 978-2-503-56461, EUR 125.00.
Special price and free shipping for the members of the Brussels Map Circle: EUR 95.00 excl. taxes.
Orders: send an email to info@brepols.net and quote the following discount code BMC310317.
More info on this book or on the series Terrarum orbis: http://www.brepols.net

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E. Novotná, Cartographic culture heritage belongs to UNESCO, 150-159
S. Appel, M. Bidney, Geodex 2.0: saving a legacy map series cartobibliography, 160-169
M. van Egmond, Mapping early Utrecht printers and publishers: experiences with building a geographical interface, 170-182
M. Mastronunzio, E. Dai Prà, Editing historical maps: comparative cartography using maps as tools, 183-195 Research Note
B. Rystedt, Swedish mapping in the Baltic Countries, 196-201

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Papa Günter is proud to announce the birth of his new baby! Weight: 3.9 kg. Name: Early Dutch Maritime Cartography. Papa and baby are doing well. Visit and inspection at home are welcome (Papa needs some rest between 13.00 and 14.00). Tiel, 27 January 2017
From a message signed Günter Schilder

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  • Exhibitions
    • When Italy drew the world - Cartographic treasures of the Italian Renaissance
  • Looks at Books
    • J. Binimelis, V. Mut and the wall maps of Majorca
    • Universal Cosmography according to both ancient and modern navigators by Guillaume Le Testu
    • Treasures from the Map Room
    • Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni
    • Philippe Vandermaelen, Mercator of newly-born Belgium. The history of the Établissement géographique de Bruxelles and of its founder
    • Old maps only a few mouse clicks away on www.cartesius.be
  • History and Cartography
    • Studying the production process of the Ferraris Maps (1770s) and its implications for geometric accuracy
    • The Villaret Map
    • Other Villaret Maps
    • Interview
    • How I Got Into Cartography ... through a Different Door! Interview with David Raes
  • Map Circle news
    • The glorious Netherlands (Exhibition report)
    • Map Circle Programme for 2017
    • Globes and Instruments (Conference report)
    • The dissemination of cartographic knowledge (ICA Symposium Dubrovnic report)
    • The map on the scale of the World Colloqium in Albi, France report
    • Paris Map Fair - report
  • Events calendar
  • Exhibition calendar
  • Auction calendar

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The article published on the Brussels Studies Web site presents the conclusions of a book published concomitantly by the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique: Philippe Vandermaelen, Mercator de la jeune Belgique. Histoire de l’Établissement géographique de Bruxelles et de son fondateur.
This publication is the result of twenty-five years of research in the Maps & Plans section, the depository of the exceptional cartographic and documentary collection from the Établissement géographique de Bruxelles. The article and work it refers to present the life of the visionary geographer in a chronological journey centred on his cartographic production (methodology, collaborations, surveys, levelling, commercial management, etc.), ending with a passing of the baton to the Dépôt de la Guerre, the future Institut géographique national. It also opens the doors to Vandermaelen's different institutional creations in a cross-cutting approach: the documentation centre, the natural history gallery, the lithography school and the École Normale, the museum of ethnography, and the organisation of scientific expeditions.
Read the article on http://brussels.revues.org/1438.

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These leading Belgian auction houses have decided to join forces and, thus, become the largest book auction in Belgium and the Netherlands, specialising in rare, old, and modern books, manuscripts, autographs, drawings, prints, photographs and atlases and maps.  The two auction houses will merge gradually over the course of 2017 and eventually move to a new, larger location in Brussels. Johan Devroe and Henri Godts will continue to build their expertise in concert with a professional team of about a dozen employees.

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On 10 December 2016, Jan de Graeve, member of the Executive Committee of the Brussels Map Circle, received the Belgian Ordre de la Couronne / Kroonorde with rank of Officer from the hands of Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The ceremony took place at the Royal Library of Belgium, during the Brussels Map Circle’s International Conference on Globes and Instruments, after Jan's lecture on Scientific measuring instruments in the 16th century. More details here.
Didier Reynders and Jan de Graeve
"Jan de Graeve receiving the Belgian Ordre de la Couronne / Kroonorde with rank of Officer from the hands of Didier Reynders"

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Issue 97 (Winter 2016), consisting of 84 pages, was published in November 2016 and is in distribution to all paid subscribers and members in good standing of the Washington Map Society. Copies are available for purchase.
This thrice-yearly journal with articles on maps, the history of cartography, and exploration is the only journal of its kind in the Americas.
John Rennie Short explores the modern national atlas. Petra Svatek discusses academic cartography at the University of Vienna from 1848-1900. Harold Meinheit explores an 1838 map of Vietnam by Bishop Jean-Louis Taberd being used in national disputes today over the Paracel Islands. Gunnar Thompson proposes new information about the North Atlantic, and especially Newfoundland. James Goode concludes a four-part series highlighting treasures in the Albert H. Small Collection of Washingtoniana. Bert Johnson provides an early look at the coming July 2017 International Conference on the History of Cartography.

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Dr B. J. Vannieuwenhuyze (1980) has been named professor by special appointment of Historical Cartography at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)'s Faculty of Humanities, effective 1 September 2015. The chair was established on behalf of the Cartographiae Historicae Cathedra Foundation. A close partnership exists between the chair, the Explokart Foundation and the Special Collections division of the UvA's Library.
Bram Vannieuwenhuyze studied history at Ghent University, where he obtained his doctorate in 2008. He has worked as a postdoctoral assistant in Ghent and Leuven, and is currently a freelance historian in academic projects that mostly deal with historical cartography and urban history.
His inaugural speech was held on Friday 23 September 2016. Those who speak Dutch can watch the footage here.

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