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The 2016 essay competition for the Ristow Prize is now open for applicants. Full- or part-time undergraduate, graduate, or first-year postgraduate students attending any accredited college or university worldwide are eligible to submit papers.
Submissions are due 1 June 2016, and should be sent to Dr. Evelyn Edson, 268 Springtree Lane, Scottsville, VA 24590, U.S.A.
Visit the Washington Map Society home page, and click on Ristow Prize for details, or send inquiries to

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The British Library in London is a quarter of the way through a major project to re-catalogue, digitise and conserve a 50,000-strong map collection assembled by Britain’s famous collector-king, George III (1738-1820). Among the objects to be digitally photographed is the world’s second largest atlas, which measures a huge 1.8 m by 2.3 m.
Source:, 31 December 2015

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The Minute Books of the Bureau des Longitudes for the period 1795-1832 can now be consulted online. The site presents the minutes of meetings of the Bureau des Longitudes between 1795 and 1932, containing 22 000 digital files.
The Bureau des Longitudes was founded on 25 June 1795 and still exists today. From its foundation, and until 1854, it maintained the management of the Observatoire de Paris. Its mission was also to improve longitude determination at sea and to form a consultative committee of scientific and technological expertise for the State. In particular, it was charged with calculation of ephemerides and publication of the Connaissance des Temps and the Annuaire du Bureau des Longitudes. In 1877 and 1949 it also published the Annales du Bureau des Longitudes.
The online resource is the outcome of a collaboration between the Bureau des Longitudes, the Library of the Observatoire de Paris and the Laboratoire d'histoire des sciences et de philosophie - Archives Henri Poincaré. It was made possible thanks to a grant from the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (programme BSN5-2013) and the support of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Lorraine, and thanks too to the skills of the engineers Julien Muller and Pierre Couchet.
The files presented are subject to a Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA 3.0 FR.
The Minute Books for the years 1795-1854 are in image mode and in full text thanks to transcriptions by Jean-Marie Feurtet. Transcriptions for the following years 1855-1932 are underway.
You are invited to explore this historic archive. To send comments contact Martina Schiavon ( and Laurent Rollet (

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The next course on the history of maps and mapping organised by Catherine Delano Smith and Sarah Tyacke will run 20 - 24 June 2016 at the University of London. The course is limited to 12 participants.
See the call for applications, now out at
A History of Maps and Mapping
Course Organisers: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, Sarah Tyacke CB.
The aim in this course is to draw attention to some of the challenges facing the student of map history given the longevity and ubiquity of the mapping idea, from prehistory to the present, and the variety of format, function and context of maps at any one time. Sessions are designed to explore the fundamental principles of map history to provide a framework in which the details of any map from any period can be accommodated. Stress is laid on the relationship between word and image, and the role of maps in books, as a counterbalance to the traditional way of viewing maps in isolation. The key tenet remains, however, that of the indivisibility of maps as image, artefact and messenger.

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Newsletter No 54


  • Looks at books
    • The world’s masterpieces explored and explained
    • Collecting Old Maps
  • History and Cartography
    • How old are portolan charts really?
    • The Modern Atlas as Diplomatic Gift
    • La cartographie des traités (XVe – XXe siècles)
    • The rectification of the northern border of France in 1779, in the field, in La Flamengrie
  • Interview
    • How I Got Into Cartography: Joost Depuydt
  • Map Circle News
    • Mapping the Ottoman Empire
    • Brussels Map Circle Programme for 2016
  • International news
    • 13th International Symposium for the Study of Globes
    • The 33rd IMCoS International Symposium in Cape Town
    • Perthesforum inaugurated in Gotha (Germany)
    • Arabic Geography in the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha now registered in the UNESCO Memory of the World (MOW) Programme
    • Malta Map Society launches its Journal
    • ICA Commission on the History of Cartography - New Management
    • In Memoriam Thomas D. Goodrich (1927 – 2015)
    • Paris Map Fair participation by the Brussels Map Circle
  • Events calendar
  • Exhibition calendar
  • Auction calendar

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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. 4 (2015). URI:

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De Bijzondere Collecties van de UvA organiseren een introductiecursus over de geschiedenis van de cartografie. De cursus beslaat zeven vrijdagmiddagen in oktober en november en wordt gegeven door Jansonius-conservator Peter van der Krogt.
De introductiecursus richt zich op iedereen die meer wil weten van oude kaarten en is geschikt voor geïnteresseerden van alle niveaus en met uiteenlopende achtergronden. Deelnemers aan de cursus hebben na afronding een gedegen beeld van historische cartografie. De colleges worden gelardeerd met prachtige kaarten en atlassen uit de verzamelingen van de Bijzondere Collecties in de kaartenzaal.
Locatie : gebouw van de Bijzondere Collecties aan de Oude Turfmarkt 129 te Amsterdam.

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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. 3 (2015).
Interesting article by Peter van der Krogt about The Origin of the Word 'Cartography'.

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The 27th International Cartographic Conference and 16th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23 to 28 August 2015.

As Elri Liebenberg 2007-2015 tenure as Chair of the Commission on the History of Cartography terminated in Rio de Janeiro, she informs that the General Assembly elected Dr Imre Josef Demhardt as the new Chair of the Commission.

Dr Demhardt has acted as Vice-Chair of the Commission from 2007 to 2015; is a Director of Imago Mundi Ltd.; Co-Editor for Volume 5 of the History of Cartography Project, and was until recently President of the Society of the History of Discoveries He has written widely on the history of cartography and is an acclaimed expert on nineteenth century exploration and German colonial cartography.

As Vice-Chair of the Commission for the period 2015-2019 Dr Demhardt has solicited the assistance of Dr Mirela Slukan Altić.

Dr Mirela Slukan Altić specializes in historical geography, historical cartography, and urban and local history. She holds the rank of Full Professor in the Department of History of the University of Zagreb; is the author of twelve books, numerous scholarly papers, and is a contributor to the History of Cartography Project of the Chicago University Press. For the academic year 2013–2014 she was awarded the David Woodward Memorial Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was recently awarded a Research Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

To ease the task of the Chair and Vice-Chair the Commission will in future be assisted by a Secretary / Web Content Manager in the person of Soetkin Vervust.

Soetkin Vervust is a PhD student in her final year in the Geography Department of Ghent University and is part of the Department’s CartoGIS research cluster since 2010. She holds a Master's degree in Archaeology and Geography (Ghent University). Her PhD research is funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and focuses on various aspects of the Carte de Cabinet of Ferraris and other 18th century maps. She has participated in various History of Cartography conferences and acted as secretary for the 2014 Joint Symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business, and the Brussels Map Circle which took place in Ghent in 2015.

The Commission has since its inception held the following successful international symposia:
  • 2006 Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • 2008 University of Portsmouth, U.K.
  • 2010 University of Arlington, Texas, U.S.A.
  • 2012 Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2014 Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

The Commission’s 2016 international symposium wild be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

From Elri Liebenberg (Chair 2007-2015), 19 September 2015.

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