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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.

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Newsletter No 52


  • Places with maps
    • Museo Naval in Madrid
  • Pictures at an exhibition
    • Lafreri, Italian Cartography in the Renaissance
  • Looks at books
    • Lafreri: Italian Cartography in the Renaissance
    • Body Worlds - Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination
    • Around Philippe Vandermaelen
    • The Dauphiné
    • Shorter bibliographical notes
  • History and Cartography
    • How old are Portolan charts really?
    • Mechlinia Dominium, the smallest of the XVII Provinces
  • Interview
    • How I got into cartography: Benjamin Sacks
  • BIMCC news
    • Brussels Map Circle - 2014 Activity report
    • Brussels Map Circle - AGM report
    • Brussels Map Circle - Map Afternoon report
    • Brussels Map Circle - 2015 Programme
  • International news
  • Events calendar
  • Exhibition calendar
  • Auction calendar
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    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.

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    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

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    The contents of this issue are as follows:
    • Editorial (Lauren Beck)
    • Exchanges about Discovery and Exploration (Call for Papers)
    • The Bimini Ghost Maps of William P. Cumming (Gregory C. McIntosh)
    • The Representation of the West Indies in Early Iberian Cartography: A Cartometric Approach (Joaquim Alves Gaspar)
    • Asian Geographical Features Misplaced South of the Equator on Sixteenth-century Maps (W. A. R. (Bill) Richardson)
    • Recent Literature in Discovery History (Joshua Michael Marcotte)
    • Book Reviews (Compiled by David Buisseret)
    • New World, New Germs: The Role of European Expansion in the Development of Germ Theory (Josephine Benson)

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    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'.

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