On 14 May 1940, the building of the State Archives in Mons was hit by German incendiary bombs aimed at the railway station. Two-thirds of the archives were destroyed by the flames, mostly Old Regime documents. One of the few funds that escaped the disaster is the cartographic collection. If the scanning of these maps and plans has been finalized for some time, they are now also available via Cartesius where they can be viewed online.
Discover, for example, this detail of the city of Braine-le-Comte in 1587 (Archives of the State in Mons, Maps and Plans, II, 1043), taken from a map drawn up in the framework of a trial between the chapter of Sainte-Waudru de Mons and the chapter of Salle-le-Comte in Valenciennes, concerning tithes for the Council of Hainaut. The archives of the Council are lost, but the maps extracted from the files have been preserved.
Via Cartesius, you can consult famous maps or not. Recently, the State Archives have downloaded, in addition to the collection of Maps and Plans of AE Mons, the following collections:
a large part of the maps and plans of the series II of the General Archives of the Kingdom
cards selling national goods
the cards of the general notary of Brabant
the atlas of the Ter Duinen abbey (whose originals are kept at the Grand Séminaire de Bruges).
State of the question: For the moment, the State Archives have put via Cartesius a little over 40 000 online cards, including about 23 000 maps of the cadastre.
Source: Read more.
Message from the Bibliographical Society of America
I write to alert you to a fellowship offered by the Bibliographical Society of America supporting the study of maps as material texts. If you are able to advertise this to the International Cartographic Association's membership, we would be most grateful.
Please find details about the fellowship below, and further details, including application instructions, on our website, here: https://bibsocamer.org/awards/fellowships/
The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography ($3000) supports projects dealing with all aspects of the history, presentation, printing, design, distribution and reception of cartographical documents from Renaissance times to the present, with a special emphasis on eighteenth-century cartography. Funded by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.
Applications are due on November 1, 2019.
The Bibliographical Society of America
Terra Brasilis (Nova Série) é uma publicação da Rede Brasileira de História da Geografia e Geografia Histórica, coletivo nacional de pesquisadores interessados na história da geografia, a geografia histórica, a história do pensamento geográfico, a história da cartografia e a história da geografia escolar, com ênfase no Brasil e na América Latina.
The State Archives of Belgium in Arlon recently took possession of their new building. On this occasion the map of La Terre et Prévôté de Neufchâteau avec ses dépendances in 1609 took place in the stairwell. This layout offers the curious a unique point of view to appreciate all the features of this map. It is an oil painting on canvas of 3.7 × 2.1 metres raised in 1609 at the initiative of Charles d'Arenberg (1550-1616).
Opening hours of the Archives: Tuesday to Friday and every first Saturday of the month except July and August from 9.00 to 16.30. The map is visible for free. Access to the archives is also free.
Read more on the Carte d'Arenberg de la Prévôté de Neufchâteau en 1609.
Other references: Hannick, Pierre, and Jean-Marie Duvosquel. La carte d'Arenberg de la terre et prévôté de Neufchâteau en 1609 (avec le ban de Mellier et la seigneurie de Bertrix), édition commentée en enrichie d'un dossier cartographique (18e-20e siècle). Bruxelles. Crédit communal, 1996.
As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, the Royal Palace in Brussels is dedicating it's traditional summer exhibition to the moon.
Look at objects 21 and 22, showing two of the earliest maps of the moon. Interesting to note is that Apollo 11 landed in the so called Mare Tranquillitatis, named by the Italian astronomers Francesco Grimaldi and Giovanni Battista Riccioli in 1651. It was however Langrenus (Michael Florent van Langren, 1600-1675) who made the first map of the moon in 1645, naming the Mare Tranquillitatis … Mare Belgicum.
See also Luis Robles blog Historia y Mapas.