We have come back from holidays and we need to prepare the next school year, to take the shelved projects and consider them again.  

A good way to do it is to take a glance at the web Map History / History of Cartography: THE Gateway to the Subject, created and  maintained by Tony Campbell.

The web works since 20 years ago and has accumulated an amount of information about different aspects related to  history of cartography. In the image below there is an abstract of the matters with that Campbell has organized the web.

After the holidays, two sections are specially interesting: Conferences & talks, to not leave the  bags, and How to find out what is going on, to not lose the news.

Until the next 2nd October it can be visited, in CaixaForum of Barcelona, the exhibition "Ming. L’imperi daurat". It is about a showing of objects related to Ming dynasty, that governed the Chinese Empire since XIV century to XVII. The objects are from the museo de Nanquín.

Between them we must highlight the 坤輿萬國全圖 (Kunyu Wanguo Quantu), the first Chinese World Map of european type. It was elaborated by Matteo Ricci in 1602 because of a petition from Chinese emperor. The map, of 366 times 152 cm., has a lot of printings and versions.  This that we can see at the exhibition is one of 25 that were painted by hand. 

For more information, here is the dossier de prensa about the exhibition.

The next 3 of October of 2016, between 9.30 and 19.30h, in the Sala Pi i Sunyer, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, it will take place the conference  "Catalunya i les noves tendències en cartografia històrica", organized by the Societat Catalana d’Estudis Històrics, the Centre d’Història Contemporània de Catalunya and the 'Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica.

In the conference it will discuss about historical cartography that is producing nowadays in Catalonia and how it is affected by the impact og new technologies, the recent systematic research of territory and expansion of vision of the studies of current landscapes.

Apart from others, M. Carme Montaner will participate, member of GEHC, presenting the digitization of antic maps that the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya is making. 

For more information here (PDF).

Between the 30 of June andl 31 of August, in the hall of Map Collection of the Science Faculty of Prague, it will exhibit the four versions of the Renaissance map of   Giovanni Francesco Camocio (1501-1575) Disegno del porto di Malta, come al presente si troua assediato da turchi ... (access to digital version) that represent the last episodes of the Great Siege of Malta of 1565.

The exhibition has the title "Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe" and is a collaboration between the Map Collection and The National museum of Fine Arts of Valletta (Malta) to show the four versions are still in UNESCO Memory of the World Programme international register. 

The defense that, in May of 1565, little more than 500 knights of the Order of the Hospital of Saint John made in the attempt of the invasion of Ottoman Army, is oe of the most important facts of the history of Malta. 

More information about the exhibition here and aquí, and about the map here.

Local Government of Huesca has just published in his web all of its cartographic drawings that made the topographer Dionisio Casañal en 1891 about the city and the municipality. 

It can be visualised and downloaded the Plano de Huesca in a scale of 1:500 (17 sheets),  1:1.000 (10 sheets) and 1:2.500 (1 sheet), and the Término Municipal de Huesca in a scale of 1:5.000 (14 sheets) and 1:20.000 (1 sheet).

We must underline that the local Government keeps an abroad variety of paperwork related to the assignment, preparatory work, pictures, field work notebooks, calculations, even the engraved stone used to print  the map 1:2.500 and the furniture where the paperwork was kept.

Dionisio Casañal y Zapatero (1846-1913) was and important and productive topographer known overall by his urban maps (Zaragoza, Pamplona, Córdoba, Vitoria y Huesca) and by his plot maps of numerous municipalities and areas of irrigation of Valle del Ebro. In 2014 took place an exhibition in Zaragoza that was commissioned by the member of GEHC José Luis Villanova, author of numerous studies about  the person and work of Casañal.

The Basque Country University/Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea (UPV/EHU) has just published, in mob format of Microsoft Access with free access, the Inventario digital de la Cartografía Histórica de Euskadi.

The inventory includes 3.391 maps and planes previous to 1900, belonging to 76 national and international archives, which represent everything or a part of the Basque Country territory.

The work is the result of six years of research by  a group managed by Maria Luisa Palanques Salmerón, helped by faculty and student body of Vitoria-Gasteiz Engineering School.

In the image appears the structure of the card. It does not contain any image. 

More information here. People can access to the file since this link.

The Museu Marítim de Barcelona has recently acquired a view of Barcelona that reproduces an image of the city quite repeated in  the XVII century.

It is an oil painting of 300 x 183 centimetres fron an unknown author and with the title  ‘Nouvelle description de la fameuse ville de Barcelone cappitalle de la province de Catalogne’.

The contents is very similar to a engraved printed by Jean Boisseau in 1645, years after the burst of the Guerra dels Segadors  and the incorporation of  Catalonia to France. At the lower part appear the shields of French Royal Crown and the Condal House of  Barcelona.

More information in La Vanguardia and in Bon Art.

To celebrare the 70th anniversary of the Ordre des Géomètres Experts (OGE), the professional association of French topographers , signposted the past 10 of June the pace of the Paris Meridian for the Hispanic-French boundary, between Coll de Pal and Costabona, the municipality of Suitcases, over 2300 metres.

The mark consists in a granite milestone that indicates the direction of the Meridian by recent mesures, tens of metres from the oldest marks. 

The geodesic and astronomic mesure of the Paris Meridian between Dunkerque and Barcelona at the end of XVIII Century served to estabish the metre as the  unit of universal lenght. Also, it was the first great geodesic operation that took place in Spain and it was the origin of future networks that were developed since the XIX century (Urteaga and Capdevila, 2013).

We could not resist to reproduce it. Obtained from xkcd through @geoinquiets through @realivansanchez etc

Until the 12 of June, the Biblioteca Templaria del Castillo de Ponderada shows the exhibition "Dibujando el mundo: cartografía, atlas y portulanos en la Colección Templum Libri".

The exhibition contains a selection of  24 cartographic  works that belong to the fortress and is organised by  the Concejalía de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Ponferrada in collaboration with the sponsor and owner of the collection, yAntonio Ovalle.

Among the pieces, we must underline a "Cosmographia" of Ptolomeo, two volumes of "Códice de Madrid" of Leonardo da Vinci, some atlas of XVI and XVII centuries (Atlas Miller, Atlas Vallard, Atlas de Pedro Teixeira) and six volumes ofl "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" of Braun and Hogenberg.

It appears in Bierzo Digital.