The most beautiful plans, maps and aerial photographs of Belgium and Central Africa are now online. It is the result of a unique cooperation by the National Geographic Institute, the Royal Library, the State Archives and the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
The collection keeps expanding.
Various applications offers the visitor to prepare his own collection.
The link to the portal is http://www.cartesius.be/
The new issue of e-Perimetron, the international web journal on sciences and technologies affined to history of cartography and maps, is now on-line: e-Perimetron, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2015).
Maps tell stories. More than the geographical information they contain, they tell why, when, for whom, and how they are made. Each map reveals something about the era in which it was created and the worldview of those who lived then.
This book explains how to read maps and opens every time a new world. Flanders in 100 maps traces the evolution of what is today the Flemish Region. The oldest map is hand drawn and more than 600 years old, the latest is virtual and a few years old.
The book focuses on both major historical events as milestones in the history of cartography. Figures such as Abraham Ortelius and Gerardus Mercator are known, but there are many more compatriots who have earned a place in this fascinating story.
Vlaanderen in 100 kaarten, Wouter Bracke et al., Davidsfonds Uitgeverij N.V. ed., hardcover, 320 p., ISBN 9789059086371, EUR 49.99. Published in Dutch only.
One of the most outstanding living Dutch experts on historical cartography, Günter Schilder, visited Charles University in 2014 to see the world unique works. There had been found, until then unknown, wall maps from the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries.
A short 15-minute documentary film was made from this unique event. Movie accessible at: https://youtu.be/cnx9IFSUIqI.
The proceedings of Cartography and Cadastral maps held in Pisa 6 - 7 November 2013, are online and free for download at this link
The printed version is also available at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa,
Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126 Pisa. Telephone. +39 050 509 787.
The Spanish ministry of Defense has announced the publication of a collective work coordinated by Mariano Cuesta Domingo and entitled Cartografía Hispánica: 1800 - 1975. Una cartografía inestable en un mundo convulso.
The book, around 700 pages long, covers the cartography practised over those two centuries in Spain and Portugal, including their respective overseas possessions in Africa, America and the Pacific.
It can be ordered (paper version only) at the following site. ISBN 978-84-9091-017-7.
Luis A. Robles Macías
We just learnt about the death, on 17 April 2015, of Ulla Ehrensvärd, aged 88. A well-known map historian, she received, among many other distinctions, the prestigious Helen Wallis Award from IMCoS in June last year – see our congratulatory note in Maps in History No 50, September 2014. Lisette Danckaert, who knew her quite well, adds: She will be remembered through her many significant contributions to the History of Cartography as 'La Grande Dame du Nord'.