In the latest issue of the periodical publication Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia, a series of texts compiled by Francesc Nadal, coordinator of the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC), has been published in the Notes i Documentació section, with the title Diccionari de mapes parcel·laris i agrimensors a Catalunya (segles XVIII-XIX).

This work presents, in a more extensive and detailed way than on the website, the Diccionari de mapes parcel·laris i agrimensors de Catalunya (segles XVIII-XIX) that the GEHC launched in mid-February (see news) . Surveying in Catalonia during the 19th century is discussed to focus later on how the development of the Diccionari has been carried out, which "... proporciona informació sobre 249 mapes parcel·laris municipals corresponents a 185 municipis catalans diferents, aixecats, entre 1849 i 1897, per un petit exèrcit format per 74 agrimensors."

In the same publication you will also find two more pieces signed by members of the GEHC:

Created by Richard Tilney-Bassett (YouTube channel). Seen in The Map Room.

The fourth volume of The History of Cartography collection is now on sale. The index is available at The University of Chicago Press Books.

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

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

GEHC members have contributed the following entries:

Joan Capdevila Subirana:

  • Boundary Surveying in Spain (p. 212-213)

Francesc Nadal Piqué:

  • Administrative Cartography in Spain (p. 78-82)
  • Topographical Surveying in Spain (p. 1482-1485)

Vicenç M. Rosselló Verger:

  • López de Vargas Machuca, Tomás (p. 750-752)

Let's remember that volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 can be downloaded for free here.

The next annual meeting of the Société d’études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles will be held at the Université Paris-Diderot on January 15 and 16, 2021, and the theme will be Maps and Mapping in English-speaking Countries in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

The organisers have made a call for papers that can be downloaded here in French.

The deadline for submitting proposals ends on June 20, must be in French or English, must consist of about 300 words and a short curriculum vitae and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.