The Brussels Map Circle

Home → News

News

Indonesia’s struggle for independence, which reached its climax in the 1940s, has long been regarded as a conflict between the colonial power, the Netherlands, and the colonized Dutch East Indies. But in fact it is part of world history. David Van Reybrouck’s Revolusi is the first book to go beyond the national perspective and demonstrate the conflict’s global significance.
Indonesia was the first country to declare independence after the Second World War. As soon as the Japanese occupation ended, young rebels engaged in armed resistance against any new form of domination. British, Australian and above all Dutch troops were sent to restore order and keep the peace, but instead their presence ignited the first modern war of decolonization. That struggle inspired independence movements in Asia, Africa and the Arab world, especially when Indonesia organized the legendary Bandung Conference in 1955, the first global conference without the West. The whole world had become involved with the Revolusi, and the whole world was changed by it.
In his familiar stirring and engaged style, and based on countless conversations with witnesses from different countries, David Van Reybrouck once again – after the phenomenal Congo. A History – presents a penetrating reconstruction of a struggle for independence.
Author: David Van Reybrouck, Revolusi, 2020, De Bezige Bij, 656 pp.
Source: Flanders Literature

Posted on

A wink!
The Mare Nostrum Orchestra, conducted by Andrea De Carlo, performed at Caprarola Castle on 31 August 2022. The programme included Moro per Amore, the eighth and last opera by Alessandro Stradella.
Many of our Members will remember our Excursion to the Academia Belgica in Rome in May 2016 and in particular our visit to Caprarola Castle.
Especially the Sala del Mappamondo, showing the whole of the known world as it was in 1574 when the frescoes were completed.
Read more:

Posted on

In June 2021, ISHMap awarded the first Prize in Map History.
The projects for the winner and honorable mentions for the inaugural ISHMap Prize in Map History demonstrate exciting and innovative approaches to expanding the audiences for the history of maps and mapping through community engagement and interdisciplinary research. From traditional exhibitions with dynamic online content to physically bringing map history to local people in the countryside, these projects illustrate how vibrant and interdisciplinary map history can be.
You will find here descriptions of the Winner, Honorable Mentions and other notable submissions.
We remind you that Jan Trachet has been nominated for the 2021 ISHMap Prize in Map History with his Pourbus Troubadour project.

Posted on

From the introductory text by the author.

De Historische Atlas van het Vlaams Gewest is inderdaad een uniek kaartenboek. Sedert België evolueerde naar een federale staat en het Vlaams Gewest een realiteit werd, was er geen echte atlas, die het volledige gewest van De Panne tot Maasmechelen en van Knokke tot Ronse bestrijkt, voorhanden.
Wij willen met deze studie die leemte opvullen met een werk dat zowel de beroepshistoricus als de geïnteresseerde liefhebber aanspreekt. Wij geven graag toe dat dit werk niet mogelijk zou geweest zijn zonder het massaal online plaatsen van allerhande oude en mooie kaarten die tot dan toe in de archieven verborgen bleven.
Dit werk is in de eerste plaats een atlas, een verzameling van kaarten zoals die toen getekend en gegraveerd werden. Sommige kaarten hebben wij bijgewerkt om hun leesbaarheid te vergroten. Want leesbaarheid, is volgens onze bescheiden mening, een ‘conditio sine qua non' voor het benaderen van een historische kaart.
De inhoud:
  • De Heraldische Kaart van het Brugse Vrije door Pieter Pourbus en gekopieerd door Pieter Claeissens omstreeks 1601, op de kaart voorzien van nummers die verwijzen naar de bijgevoegde legende.
  • De kaarten van het Amsterdamse huis Visscher, gekend onder de naam Visscher-Roman kaarten uit 1656
  • De Fricx kaarten uit het begin van de 18de eeuw
  • De kaarten van J.P. de Bouge
  • De Kabinetskaart van Ferraris uit 1777, door de auteur voorzien van parochiegrenzen, die niet op de originele kaartbladen stonden
  • De Carte Marchande van Ferraris uitgegeven in 1778
  • De topografische kaart van Vandermaelen op 1:80 000 uit het midden van de 19de eeuw
  • Aangevuld met een hele reeks deelkaarten van kasselrijen, kwartieren, departementen en provincies.

De auteur — Paul Vandewalle (°Brugge, 1941) studeerde geschiedenis aan de Rijksuniversiteit te Gent en promoveerde in 1979 onder leiding van Prof. Dr. Adriaan Verhulst tot Doctor in de Geschiedenis met als proefschrift De geschiedenis van de landbouw in de Kasselrij Veurne, 1550-1645. Beroepsmatig was hij leraar Geschiedenis aan het Sint-Lutgardis-instituut te Oostende. Na zijn pensionnering ging zijn interesse steeds meer uit naar de cartografie. Zo verscheen van zijn hand De Vlaamse Kasselrijen in kaart gebracht en de tweedelige Historische Atlas van Veurne-Ambacht. Ook publiceerde hij een Historische Atlas van Knokke-Heist.

Posted on

On 24 June 2022, Dr. Peter van der Krogt, editor of Brill book series Explokart Studies in the History of Cartography and Koeman Atlantes Neerlandici, and author of many more cartographic publications but also Member of the Brussels Map Circle, was presented with an Atlas Amicorum, on the occasion of his retirement as Jansonius curator of the collection of maps & atlases at Allard Pierson at the University of Amsterdam.
He was also rewarded with the Plancius medal and named officer in the Order of Orange Nassau for his work in putting cartography on the map around the world.
Wouter Bracke, President of the Brussels Map Circle, signs, with Maarten Bassens, a text entitled Koperplaatfragmenten van Gerard de Jode’s kaart van Hongarije (1567) in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België.
Paula van Gestel-Van het Schip is the Editor of the book.
Source: Brill website.

Posted on

The Latin edition of Peregrinatio in terram sanctam (Speyer, 1490) in the Maurits Sabbe Library of KU Leuven (a Catholic research university in the city of Leuven, Belgium) has suffered severely from the ravages of time and less successful restoration attempts in the nineteenth century. A new intervention to conserve the valuable incunable is planned in 2022 with the support of the Adopt-a-book project of KU Leuven Libraries.
Peregrinatio in terram sanctamPeregrinatio in terram sanctam, book, Erhard Reuwich, detail (MET, 19.49.3). From Wikimedia Commons.
Read more.
A virtual exhibition accompanies this information.

Posted on

This issue of Calafia, the journal of the California Map Society, includes a two-page article by Juliet Rothman on the 38th International Symposium of the IMCoS held in Brussels in October 2022.
Read more.

Posted on

Contents

  • Looks at Books
    • Practical Mathematics: Navigation by Greenvill Collins
    • Les défricheurs du monde - Ces géographes qui ont dessiné la Terre
    • Les erreurs dans les cartes
  • History and Cartography
    • Maps of the Great War, a case study
    • Cartographica Helvetica ... the last and final issue
  • The Brussels Map Circle News
    • Maps of Ukraine
    • An Extraordinary Day in Ghent
    • Wondrous Voyage in Ghent
  • Miscellaneous
    • Editor(s) of Imago Mundi
    • Henry's birthday

Posted on

27 December 1951 – 10 May 2022


More at home with earlier maps of our cartographic heritage, little did I know about Philippe Vandermaelen (1795-1869), the greatest of Belgian geographers and cartographers of the nineteenth century, until I met Marguerite Silvestre, conservator at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR).
This happened in 2006 when I got around to studying the Vandermaelen Globe of 1846 at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren where, as a volunteer, I was looking after their collection of ancient maps. Lisette Danckaert, former Head of the KBR Map Room, introduced me to her, and this was the beginning of our cartographic cooperation and personal friendship.
Caroline De Candt and Marguerite have admirably described the quest for new discoveries regarding Vandermaelen’s Globes de cabinet in their article 'The Big Four' in Maps in History No 70, May 2021.
Marguerite has devoted more than 25 years of research into the work and life of Vandermaelen, his Établissement Géographique and its enormous range and volume of cartographic products. The resulting Inventaire raisonné des collections cartographiques Vandermaelen à la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, published by the KBR in seven volumes between 1994 and 2016, reflects her unfailing devotion to this project.
In December 2016, she participated in our Globes and instruments international conference (see Maps in History No 57) and retired at the end of that year. She then turned to working at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in her spare time, until first COVID-19, and then her illness, deprived her of the possibility to continue.
We have lost une Grande Dame – I have lost a great friend.

By Wulf Bodenstein

Posted on