The next Thursday February 16 , at 19 h., in the l'Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona, it will take place the presentation of the book  Mapes i control del territori. Vuit estudis.

The book is a compilación of presentaciones which were carried out in Terceres Jornades d'història de la cartografia de Barcelona celebradas el octubre de 2015.

The presentation will be made by Vicenç Rosselló, member of GEHC. Also Carme Montaner has collaborated as editor and Ramon J. Pujades, Francesc Nadal, Luis Urteaga, José Ignacio Muro, Joan Capdevila i Jesús Burgueño as authors.

The book can be acquired here. Look at the content here.

The historian Karen C. Pinto has just published Medieval islamic maps. An exploration (University of Chicago Press, 2016), a deep exploration of Medieval Islamic Cartography since X midcentury to XIX century.

Its analysis focuses on collecting known maps as Llibre de Carreteres i Regnes (Kitab al-Masalik wa al-Mamalik, o KMMS).

This work is studied since three angles: iconography, context and sponsorship. It describes the creation and evolution, it identifies the creators, artists and involved clients and it links the reality of physic and social world that they want to represent.

Pinto approachs visual register of Islam history using new historial analysis tools, exploring how medieval muslims perceive themselves and its world, and takes the maps of Middle East to vanguard in the study of history of cartography.

You can get the book in Marcial Pons.

The next Sunday, December 18th it will take place a new edition of the breakfast dedicated to science in the 7 Portes restaurant of Barcelona with the cartography as protagonist. 

In them Joaquim Calafí, president of Associació Catalana de la Informació Geogràfica (ACTIG), and Jaume Miranda, head of Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) will participate. 

Both of them will make a sesión in which the assistans can participate in a scientific talk of the present about the evolution that cartography and maps of present and future has followed. 

You can visit the new published in the l'Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica web for more information.

The video shows the restoration of a map found inside a chimney in Aberdeen, Northeastern of Scotland.

The protagonist is the curator of National Library of Scotland (NLS) Claire Thomson, that cleans and rebuilds, with niceness and paciente, a world map of 2,2 x 1,6m impressed by Gerald Valck at the end of XVIIth century. About this map, there are only two copies more. 

The case explains with detail in the last number of Discover journal that NLS publishes. You can find a video more complete and with explanations here.

We have seen this video being commented in Microsiervos and in the  BBC channel.

 

 

The last November 25th a part of the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC) visited the exhibition "Huesca y el plano de Dionisio Casañal" at the Círculo Oscense of the city. In this link there is more information.

At the photohtaphy, left to right, José Luis Urteaga, José Ignacio Muro, Francesc NadalJoan Capdevila i Jose Luis Villanova, who is one of the commissar of the exhibition.