Daily Archives: August 6, 2022

Africa & Middle East Division, LOC | Damon Galgut, South African novelist and playwright, winner of the 2021 Booker Prize

Waldseemuller’s Map of America – John Hessler | C-SPAN.org

May 17, 2013
Panelists talked about a map made in 1507 by German mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller. It is considered one of the world’s rarest maps and believed to be the first map to name America. They discussed the history and unanswered questions surrounding Waldseemuller’s maps, and also spoke about the collection of Renaissance globe-maker and mathematician Johannes Schoner, who was the original owner of Waldseemuller’s maps. This program was part of an event hosted by the Library of Congress and the John Carter Brown Library.

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Maps, Geography and Cartography

The World of Ptolemy and the Birth of the Cartographic Atlas

Library of Congress – Jun 10, 2022

Lecture by Library of Congress curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, John Hessler, Ptolemy and the Foundations of Western Cartography, including images of these rare atlases printed between 1475 and 1600 which have never been shown together as a complete group. Opening remarks by Associate Librarian of Congress, Robin Dale, and closing remarks by Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book and Special Collections Divisions. For transcript and more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-10300

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Henricus Martellus’s World Map at Yale

Library of Congress – Feb 27, 2019

Chet Van Duzer discusses his new book on Henricus Martellus’ influential 1491 world map. Many texts on Martellus’ map are illegible due to fading and damage, making its exact place in Renaissance cartography impossible to determine. However, recent multispectral imaging of the map has rendered most of the previously illegible texts on the map legible. Van Duzer explained the process of multispectral imaging and how the results have enabled him to situate the Martellus map in late 15th- and early 16th-century cartography. For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feat…

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