Through apost by Catherine Hofmann on the blog Cartes et figures du monde we learned about the recent disappearance of Monique Pelletier, who was director of the département des Cartes et plans of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

For a biographical review you can check their entry in wikipedia.

As a legacy he leaves us an enormous research work, especially focused on the history of the first French topographic cartography and that produced by the family of French astronomers and cartographers Cassini. 

A good example is the publication Tours et contours de la Terre : Itinéraires d’une femme au cœur de la cartographie, 1999, which contains a series of his articles at the time of his retirement.

Casa de América, Casa Asia and Centro Sefarad-Israel come together to present the first cycle of online talks V Centenario de la primera vuelta al mundo. The history of the Spanish explorations that crossed the Pacific Ocean, when the fifth centenary of the circumnavigation of Magellan and Elcano is celebrated, will be analyzed through three presentations. From the cosmography to the mythology of those trips, passing through the failed routes, three scholars and specialists will delve into the contributions that the different Spanish explorations made to the knowledge of the planet's largest ocean.

  • Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. El valor de una conmemoración: la Primera Vuelta al Mundo. By Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga, president of the Asociación Española de Estudios del Pacífico and rector of the Universitat Abat Oliba CEU.
  • Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. Mitos judíos en las exploraciones españolas del Océano Pacífico. By Miguel de Lucas, general director of the Centro Sefarad-Israel.
  • Thursday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. Tiempos de locura. El cosmógrafo Ruy Falero y su fallido viaje a la Especiería. By Carmen Mena, historian.

Registration for the first one can now be done here. More information here.

The University of Chicago Press Books announces that the fourth volume of The History of Cartography collection will go on sale in May 2020.

This 1920 page volume with more than four hundred encyclopedic entries has been edited by Mattew H. Edney and Mary Sponberg Pedley.

He is dedicated to cartography during illustration, offering: "... an overview of the cartographic practices of Europeans, Russians and Ottomans, both at home and in overseas territories, from 1650 to 1800".

The book will be published both on paper and in E-book format and can be ordered here. You can also consult a promotional flyer.

Remember that volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 can even be downloaded in PDF for free here.


The Royal Collection Trust has published over 2,000 military maps, plans, drawings and prints from the George III Collection online. It has been a way of commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of his death.

The collection brings together pieces from the 16th to the 18th century and includes representations of sieges and battles, field sketches, representations of uniforms and plans of fortifications "providing a clear contemporary account of important theaters of war in Great Britain, Europe and America".


A new version of the catalog of the exhibition Mapes, país, futur: centenari de l'exposició cartogràfica catalana (1919), which is in the Museu d'Història de Catalunya, can now be downloaded from here.

The exhibition has been extended until June 14 but, unfortunately, it is currently closed due to the health emergency caused by COVID-19.

We have the consolation of visiting it where and when we want thanks to this detailed and complete publication.

Following the recommendations of the health authorities, the Organizing Committee of the 8º Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografia (SIAHC) announces that it is cancelled due to the coronavirus episode that is being lived in Barcelona, where it should be held from April 21 to 24 year.

We are waiting for new dates to be decided for its celebration.

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul will hold the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography  in Istanbul from April 21 to 23, 2020.

This edition is titled Mapping the Ottoman Realm: travelers, cartographers and archaeologists and is open to anyone who has an interest in mapping the (former) Ottoman countries between the 16th and 19th centuries, although other periods will also be accepted. The symposium will focus on two main themes:

  • Cartography of the Ottoman countries in Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Cartography of archaeological sites, landscapes and excavations of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries

On the symposium website you can find information about accepted presentations, online registration and practical details to attend.

Online registration is now open.

The provisional program of the 8 Ibero-American Cartography History Symposium (SIAHC), which will be held in Barcelona from April 21 to 24, 2020, is now available.

It will be organized by the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) with the collaboration of the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC).

The theme chosen for this occasion is the map as an element of cultural connection between America and Europe. It will discuss colonial maps, maps of scientific expeditions or maps of independent territories, which share history, technique and uses. In the symposium we propose to address these threads that weave a common history among Latin American cartography.

Registration to the SIAHC is free.

On Tuesday, February 25, at 11:00 in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Geography and History, our GEHC companion, Bárbara Polo Martín, will defend her thesis History of urban cartography of Burgos: 19th and 20th centuries.

The central hypothesis is that the urban planimetry since the end of the 19th century in Burgos, which is characterized by high precision, large scale and detailed representation of the parcels, leveling and alignments, is born from the confluence of three cartographic models concrete: urban military topography, cadastral planimetry and urban mapping. Of the 69 maps and plans located, the most numerous block is that of military cartography, with a total of 53 maps. Next, comes the block of urban cartography with 16 and cadastral cartography we have not been able to rescue more than those surrounding the map made by the National Geographic Institute in 1912, which are only the field worksheets.

The thesis is expected to act as a pioneer in the field of urban cartographic analysis from the geographical and historical points of view in Castilla y León and generate the birth of scientific and social networks of various kinds that contribute to the knowledge of our cultural and heritage resources, eminently of a cartographic nature, by facilitating access to this information in a qualified and innovative way.

The thesis has been directed by the members of GEHC, Dr. José Luis Urteaga González and Dr. Francesc Nadal Piqué.

The Diccionari de mapes parcel·laris i agrimensors a Catalunya(segles XVIII-XIX) prepared by the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC) is now available for consultation.

This dictionary aims to be a contribution to the study of a professional group that has carried out an important cartographic, statistical and geographical work in Catalonia: that of land surveyors, canadors, destradors or geometers. They are the heirs of a documented practice in Catalonia, at least, since the end of the 13th century. The main thrust was received from the implementation of the Bourbon Cadastre from 1716.

At this time we start from information regarding 350 maps and 427 authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth century collected from 489 bibliographic references.

For authors and bibliographical references, literal searches can be performed. For maps, you can opt for the literal search using place names or the map search.

The basic information that has allowed to build this dictionary has been the historical documentation gathered by different members of the GEHC throughout three research projects subsidized, between 2001 and 2011, by the 
Dirección General de Investigación. The ambition of the dictionary is to continue enriching itself with the results of new research and also with the contributions that we want to be sent through the Contacte section.