The Biblioteca de Catalunya has published in the Digital Memory of Catalonia (MDC) two new collections related to Josep Aparici i Fins (1654-1731), royal geographer and trader.

  • Aparici's cadastre: is a collection of documents that gathers data that he collected as a result of the implementation of the cadastre, especially in the provinces of Lleida and Tarragona, from 1714 until 1718..
  • Josep Aparici's collection: includes documentation that is part of Baró de Castellet's collection which he had entered the Archives de l'Hospital de la Santa Creu 1831. Most of the collection corresponds to the professional activities of Josep Aparici, who prepared a 1720 known map devoted to the king Felipe V: Nueva descripción geographica del principado de Cataluña.

More information at the following link.

 The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography together with the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geoinformation Management, the ICA Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues, and the Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar” (Zagreb, Croatia) would like to invite you to attend and/or consider submitting a presentation for their joint International Symposium on ‘The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge’.

This International Symposium will be held in Dubrovnik (Croatia), a medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14, 2016. The symposium and planned optional technical and social excursions on October 15 & 16 are open to geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in maps and the diverse aspects of the history of cartography.

For more information visit the site

The Biblioteca de Catalunya shows in the exhibition "Les fronteres de Catalunya. Segles XVII i XVIII" a set of geographical maps of Catalonia. This is a selection of the first maps of Catalonia, most published outside the Iberian peninsula.

The exhibition will be open until December 19, 2015. There are available to download the poster [JPG] and the brochure [PDF].

The Graphic unit of Biblioteca de Catalunya was created in 1923 as a section of picture cards, engravings and maps. It has a remarkable collection of maps, with an approximate total of eighteen thousand documents, including unique pieces are as Nautical Chart Gabriel de Vallseca (prior to 1439) and the collection of Mossèn Ignasi M. Colomer.


The GEHC participates in the Third Conference of the history of cartography of Barcelona

Dates: 14 - 15 october 2015

Place: Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona.

   Sala d'Actes Agustí Duran i Sanpere.

   Carrer de Santa Llúcia, 1

   08002 Barcelona

Organized by Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona and Institut Catogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya

Collaborated by Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC) and El Periódico

In the BOE of June 12, 2015 it was published the call for "Aid for predoctoral contracts for the training of doctors, 2015".

The research project of the GEHC (Modelos en la cartografía urbana española: un análisis histórico, CSO2014-54078-C2-1-P) has assigned one of these contracts (former FPI).

Predoctoral contracts are valid for four years, during which must be prepared and presented a PhD thesis. The salary is around 20,000 per year; and 25,000 in the fourth year, if already submitted the thesis.

The deadline to present ends on June 29. For more information please visit the MINECO page.