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Mapping Greece, 1420-1800: A History

Maps in the Margarita Samourkas Collection

George Tolias

Mapping Greeceis a richly illustrated history of the cartography of Greece during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, based on the Margarita Samourka Map Collection (one of the most important collections of its kind in private hands in Greece) that consists of 1,700 maps of Greece. Divided into five chapters, the book contains an introduction, conclusions, and an appendix.
Summarizing the foundations of the mapping of Greece as established by the classical and medieval cartographic tradition with the Ptolemaic revival, the maritime portolan chart, the mappa mundi, and the local cartography of early humanism, this book shows the rise and development of the regional concept of Greece and its establishment of cartographic conventions. Various chapters discuss the standardization of the regional maps of Greece in "the age of the atlas," an era of commercialization of the printed map, and the wide dissemination of these maps. Four prefaces written by George Tolias, Paschallis M. Kitromildes, Christos G. Zacharakis, and Margarita Samourkas discuss each one's thoughts on this ambitious and comprehensive project.
Also discussed is the application of modern surveying technology to the mapping of Greece, the work of astronomers and mariners, topographical commentaries, and the production of maps of ancient geography and historical maps of Greece from the end of the sixteenth century onwards. Richly illustrated in a large format, with an overwhelming number of beautiful maps illustrations, Mapping Greece contains a detailed catalogue of the maps in the Margarita Samourka collection compiled by Leonora Navari. The Margarita Samourka collection includes maps of all parts of Greece and of historical Greek regions. It is significant for its breadth and its chronological development beginning with Italian map engravers and publishers of the sixteenth century to the French reformation of cartography in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Finally, the book provides an overall summary of the series of definitions and perceptions of Greece which emerge in the maps of the region during the centuries of foreign domination, and an assessment of the contribution of maps of Greece to the general history of cartography.

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Peter C.J. van der Krogt and Elger Heere

In the 16th, 17th and 18th century the Netherlands had a thriving map production and publishing industry. Johannes Blaeu and Abraham Ortelius are, among others, important names regarding the history of the Dutch cartographic industry. The maps produced in these three centruries are now relatively rare and highly sougth after by a large communicty of collectors, map curators, dealers of antiquities and enthusiasts. The series will give the reader clear, short, no-nonsense yet academically valid information about all Dutch atlas maps regarding a certain country or earea. e.g. England, Germany, France, etc. Each part will mainly address the edition of the atlas(es) in which the maps have been incorporated, the year of publication of the maps, the known states, cartographic references and remarks by the author.

This first volume of the Guides to Dutch Atlas Maps series offers a descriptive catalogue of all the maps of England, and particular parts of the country, published in Dutch atlases between 1570 and 1650. All the maps in the atlases of Ortelius, Mercator-Hondius, Janssonius, Blaeu and their followers are recorded.

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Paul van den Brink

The main focus of attention in this study are the more than 3000 maps which were published by the Magazine (Tijdschrift) of the Royal Dutch Geographical Society (Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig Genootschap) between 1873 and 1966. These have been divided into four periods, which are discussed in the elaborate introduction and which gives a complete overview of the history of the Society.
The wealth and variation of the cartographical material, which has been published in this leading magazine for almost a century, led worldwide to major interest among collectors and researchers. All maps are extensively described and have been made even more accessible by adding indices on name, area and subject.
In Dutch.

Series:

Paula van Gestel-Van het Schip, Joop Kaashoek, Jaap Molenaar, Rob J. Poelijoe, Henk Schipper and Hans van der Zwan

The decision to embark on researching maps in books has resulted in a publication, presenting an unique combination of maps, plans and views. It concerns those, tucked away in historical and geographical works on Russia and Poland, prior to 1800 and published in the Netherlands. Both maps and books are elaborately described, analysed and indexed; much attention has been lavished on their authors, engravers and publishers to boot. The cartographic subdivision of the maps according to their regions brings to light the specific interrelation between the various works by differing authors.
The comprehensive introduction describes the history of Russia and Poland from various points of view for specific subjects and comes richly illustrated with over 100 images. The cartobibliography contains illustrations for each of the over 700 maps described and the bibliography features a large number of title pages and portraits in addition. This unusual combination of research objectives should appeal to map and book historians and collectors alike. A large folding view of the city of Moscow by Cornelis de Bruijn (1711) has been added in facsimile at the back of this publication. Summaries in Russian and Polish complete this publication.
In English with Polish and Russian summary.
Maps in Books of Russia and Poland is part 13 of the Utrecht Studies on the History of Cartography (Explokart).

Ortelius Atlas Maps

An Illustrated Guide. Second Revised Edition

M. van den Broecke

This renowned book has been out of print for a couple of years, but a second, corrected, revised and grangerized edition is now available. This very practical and informative manual gives an extensive overview and a description of all the maps that appeared in the famous first atlas by Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570 and all later editions. The book gives illustrated information on every map of the various editions that have appeared of the Ortelius Atlas and provides valuable information on the dating, number of copies printed, editions and the origin of the maps. Titles pages and portraits of Ortelius are also extensively described.

Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Vol. IV (3 Vols.)

The Town Atlases, Braun & Hogenberg, Janssonius, Blaeu, De Wit/Mortier and Others

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Peter C.J. van der Krogt

Descriptive and illustrated bibliography of all town atlases by Braun & Hogenberg, Blaeu, Janssonius, De Wit and other Dutch publishers.
Three volumes.

Sailing for the East

History and Catalogue of Manuscript Charts on Vellum of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), 1602-1799

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Günter Schilder and Hans Kok

The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) was for a period of 200 years responsible for the navigation material for the journey between the Netherlands and the Far East and the inter-Asian trade. In this book with the help of recovered archive materials a never published before overview is given of chart material that was used on a VOC-ship.
All navigation charts of the VOC in the 17th and 18th century, drawn on vellum (of which many were traced in foreign collections), are described and analysed in an illustrated cartobibliography. In a supplement extracts of the 'groot-journalen' of the 'Kamer Amsterdam' are published. These give an unique view of the total expenses of the VOC on navigation. The extensive introduction gives more information on the history of the VOC, the chart makers, the routes, the navigation and the instruments. Inlcudes CD-rom with appendices.
Volume 10 of the Utrecht Studies of the History of Cartography (EXPLOKART).

Zelandia Comitatus

Geschiedenis en cartobibliografie van de provincie Zeeland tot 1860

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Dirk Blonk and Joanna Blonk-van der Wijst

On Shortlist Zeeuwse Boekenprijs 2011.

In Dutch with English summary.
Dit onderzoek naar gedrukte kaarten van de provincie Zeeland geeft een compleet overzicht en een duidelijke systematische analyse van alle gedrukte kaarten van het oude Graafschap Zeeland. Er wordt een beeld geschetst van de ontwikkeling van het landschap door de eeuwen heen en het steeds veranderende beeld van de cartografie van de eilanden door verschuivende zandbanken, inpolderingen, bedijkingen, stormvloeden en overstromingen, ook van de periode voordat er gedrukte kaarten waren. Bovendien is in de inleiding een overzicht opgenomen van de geschiedenis van de provincie Zeeland in het algemeen. Met 129 kaartbeschrijvingen en meer dan 400 afbeeldingen in kleur geeft dit boek een prachtige blik op het karakteristieke, direct herkenbare cartografische beeld van deze dynamische provincie.
Met dit werk hebben Dick Blonk en Joan Blonk-Van der Wijst een waardig opvolger voltooid van hun eerste boek, Hollandia Comitatus, met de cartobibliografie van het Graafschap Holland.

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Marco van Egmond

The 18th century Dutch map trade could build on their reputation that originated from the Golden Age much longer than was assumed until now. The Amsterdam publishing company Covens & Mortier (1685-1866) has played an important part in this process. Most likely this company was the largest map trader of his days. Thousand of maps were brought almost industrially on the market by Covens & Mortier and all members of this firm were gifted with a great commercial talent.
This book offers an overview of the history of this important publishing company. It focuses on the cartographic stock of Covens & Mortier and the way that the publications were produced and distributed. It also informs you about the cartographic innovations which were introduced by this firm, and the importance of Covens & Mortier for the development of commercial cartography at home and abroad.

Spiegel van de Zuiderzee

Geschiedenis en cartobibliografie van de Zuiderzee en het Hollands Waddengebied

Series:

Erik Walsmit, Hans Kloosterboer, Nils Persson and Rinus Ostermann

Spiegel van de Zuiderzee (Mirror of the Zuiderzee. History and Cartobibliography of the Zuiderzee and the Dutch Waddenzee) is an extensive, richly illustrated and beautifully designed work which for the first time describes and depicts all nautic maps of the Dutch Zuiderzee until the completion of the dike which created the IJsselmeer (former Zuiderzee) in 1932.