One of the greatest pleasures of being lost between files and bookshelves of an archive is to find something unexpectedly.  

This is the case that happened to our mate Bárbara Polo, who identified some fragments of a manuscript copy of Ptolomeo over parchment kept in the blank pages of a libro de fábrica (bind collection of accounting documents) of 17th century in the Capitular Library of Burgos Cathedral.

These fragments are a copy of the Ptolomeo´s Geography that was translated to latin, in 1409, by Jacopo di Angelo da Scarperia. In the  article published in the Journal Imago Mundi, Bárbara Polo, together with Chet Van Duzer, conclude that these fragments have their origin in the workshop of Piero del Massaio, an usual copyist of Ptolomeo´s Geography of mid 15th century, and which could be property of Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca, closer collaborator of Catholic Kings and one of the first creators of colonial politics in America. 

The Vinland map is a controversial and famous world map because it would show the arrival of navigants to America in 11th century. It is accepted that it is a fake but it continues being an issue of interest. 

John Paul Floyd, a Scottish researcher interested in weird books and erudite mysteries, has just published A Sorry Saga, a new glance about the parchment that it is at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in Yale University. He has followed the traces of the map, which appears in 1957 thanks to an italian librarian that linked it to the robbery of ancient manuscripts of the Library of the Zaragoza Cathedral. 

It seems that the parchment over the drawn was made is effectivity from mid-15th century and it comes from a robbery. The author of the fake, according to Floyd, would be a jesuit cartography that was convinced about the viking arrival to America before Columbus and he was to link it with Catholic Church against the Nazi propaganda. 

The interview with John Paul Floyd is in Fine Books & Collections.

On December 12th Wednesday, 2018, at 3:00 P.M., it a Italian-Spanish Seminar Circolazione dei saperi e utilità delle conoscenze. La cartografia e le altre fonti di epoca moderna nelle ricerche attuali will take place at the Seminar Room of the Spanish School of History and Arqueology in Rome.The seminar has as main point of the discussion the cartography as a cultural, technical and artistic product, built from much knowledge, different competences and different professional figures. A variety of study cases, distributed along the modern era and with a range of point of views, will show the narrow link between cartography and power, between the knowledge and the projects over the territory.   

El seminario sitúa en el centro de la reflexión la cartografía como producto cultural, técnico y artístico, construido a partir de muchos conocimientos, diferentes competencias y diversas figuras profesionales. Diferentes estudios de casos, distribuidos a lo largo de la era moderna i con múltiples enfoques disciplinares, mostrarán la estrecha relación entre cartografía y poder, entre el conocimiento y los proyectos del territorio.

The programme in PDF is available to download. 

Until May 19th, 2019 the exhibition Mapping Contagion: Representing Infectious Disease in New York City can be visited at the New York Public Library

The show embarnices more than a century of efforts for representing cartographically the distribution and development of infectious diseases in New York, starting by the maps of Valentine Seaman related to yellow fever in 1795 and continuing with different propositions of visualization with data about cholera epidemic, pneumonia, sexual transmission diseases, tuberculosis, etc. 

The map collection is complemented with different graphic material of each epoch to contextualize the social and cultural impact of diseases. 

The New Zealander Jean-Baptiste Piggin proposes the project Tabula Peutingeriana Animated Edition, a new interactive visualization in a diagram way of the Tabula Peutingeriana, an itinerary of roman communication net made in the 4th century and we know from medieval copies. In Piggin Macro-Typography blog explains the reasons. 

It comes down to a destacable effort to analyze in a visual way different aspect on interest of the map, and now, focus on the knowledge about it. 

Seen at The Map Room.

It has just published the book Historia de la cartografía urbana en España: Modelos y realizaciones.

It takes every contribution made in the coloquium  Modelos de la cartografia urbana española: un análisis histórico that took place in Barcelona in February, 2017 and that was organized by the GEHC and the Museo de Historia de Barcelona.  

In this work has been pretended to make a view over different modelos or traditions of representation in Spain between 16th and 19th centuries. There are twenty chapters structured in four categories: 

  • views of cities
  • urban militar topography,
  • cadastral urban planimetry 
  • and urban cartography.

The book has been edited by National Geographic Institute (IGN)/Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica (CNIG) and it is available in digital version (free download) as well as paper (CNIG shop).

The next International Cartographic Conference (ICC) will have place in Tokyo on July, between 15th and 20th of 2019 and it has opened a call for papers to participate (see the second call for papers of ICC).

This will be the 29th edition of ICC, the main event of cartographic world that the International Cartographic Association (ICA) organized each two years.

Among the different subjects that will be talked about there is an specific one for history of cartography. Every contribution accepted will be published by the ICA (as Advance, Proceeding o Abstract) and a selection for them will appear in International Journal of Cartography.

Important deadline for contributions:

  • Sending of manuscripts for Advances: December, 5th of 2018
  • Sending of abstracts for Abstracts y Proceedings: December, 19th of 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: February, 20th of 2019
  • Sending of final manuscrits for Proceedings y Advances: April, 3rd of 2019

More details in icc2019.org/papers.html.

Until April 2019, 20th, the exhibition De Iberia a España a través de los mapas can be visited in the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in Madrid.

The exhibition shows a historic path of cartographic representations in Spain and has 80 pieces between maps, city views and books or atlases, the most part original. 

The schedule in from Monday to Friday, from12:00 to 14:00.

The entrance is free. 

The catalogue of the exhibition is available to download and a calendar for 2019 with images of old maps.