January 15 - March 20, 1998 - Washington
The Octagon takes a look at Washington Through Two Centuries in Maps and Images, a display of painting, photographs, maps, and lithographs. Showing on two floors at the American Institute of Architects Headquarters Gallery, the exhibit traces the city's evolution and change from the original plans laid by Pierre L'Enfant. Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Free. For information, call 202-638-3105. On March 11 at 7 PM there will be a lecture by Joseph Passonneau.
January 26 - March 28, 1998 - New Haven, CT
The Yale Law School will host a series of events to mark the centenary of the Spanish-American War and the United States' acquisition of its first "unincorporated" territories: Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam. The events will include a series of talks on Monday evenings, 6:10 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, concerning the U.S. territories, from a range of perspectives: political, cultural, historical, legal; a map exhibit of holdings at Yale University's Sterling Library relating to the Spanish-American War; and, finally, a conference at Yale Law School entitled "'Foreign in a Domestic Sense': Reflections on the Centenary of the United States' Acquisition of Puerto Rico," which will take place from Friday, March 27th at 3:00 p.m. to Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Christina Burnett (203) 432-4858 ext. 1.
January 22 - April 4, 1998 - New York
The Dutch in the Americas 1600-1800 curated by Dr. Wim Klooster. Rare prints, maps, and illustrated books from the collection of The John Carter Brown Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Equitable Gallery, 787 Seventh Avenue, at 5lst Street, is open 11 am to 5 pm weekdays, and 12 noon to 5 pm on Saturdays. Catalogues of the exhibition are available for sale at the Brooklyn Museum Shop [branch] at 787 Seventh Avenue, next to the Equitable Gallery, or may be purchased by mail by writing to the John Carter Brown Library. For information about the exhibit only, call 212-554-4818. Also of note, a lecture by Guenther Schilder, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998 in The Equitable Tower, 787 Seventh Avenue, 49th Floor.
Until April 14, 1998 - Montreal
Our exhibition En route to the New World: Caboto and the Italian navigators on their journey to the Americas has been extended. This exhibition features early maps (a Maggiolo portolan, Ruysch and others) early views of Venice and Bristol, instruments of navigation, books from the 15th to the 17th century as well as featuring previously unknown documents on the life of Cabot. We are presenting the Caboto documents to the public for the first time with the cooperation of the State Archives of Venice. For further information contact: Eileen Meillon, Stewart Museum at the Fort, Montreal, Canada, 514-861-6701.
Until April 19, 1998 - Leiden
An exhibition entitled HET KOSTTE MIJ... 25 Jaar Aanwinsten van de Collectie Bodel Nijenhuis [IT COSTED ME... 25 Years Acquisitions of the Bodel Nijenhuis Collection] is currently being held at Leiden University Library. It has been organised to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis (November 23rd 1797-January 8th 1872), to whose magnanimity the library owes her youngest special collection, viz. the collection of old atlases, maps and prints.
On show is a selection of 54 items, including some highlights, such as:
- Waghenaer's Speculum Nauticum in the Leiden edition by Franciscus Raphelengius, the son-in-law of Plantin (1586)
- the unique loose map sheet titled 'Helvetia' which led to the discovery of the wall map of Switzerland by Mercator
- the copperplate (39 x 50.5 cm) of the plan of Grevelingue in Sanderus' Flandria Illustrata (The Hague 1732 ; Leiden 1735)
- the unique first state of Janssonius' world map in hemispheres (1617)
- the so-called 'De Berlaymont atlas', an album in folio with 50 fine and richly decorated pen drawings of town and fortification plans, made between 1570 and 1575, commissioned most probable by Gilles de Berlaymont, Baron de Hierges (lit.: Caert-Thresoor 15 (1996), 57-69).
'It costed me...' refers to an annotation by Bodel Nijenhuis on a flyleaf in his copy of the German edition of the Civitates by Braun and Hogenberg, by which he recorded that he got this atlas for a very reasonable price in comparison to what other collectors had recently paid for the same item. The catalogue (in Dutch!!) is in preparation and will be published about 15 March by Leiden University Library in her own series 'Kleine Publicaties'. Please send your order to: University Library, P.O. Box 9501, NL 2300 RA Leiden. Additional information can be obtained from Dirk de Vries, Curator of the Collectie Bodel Nijenhuis, tel. 31-71-5272855, fax 31-71-5272836.
March 25 - April 24, 1998 - Québec
The exhibition Les Tresors de la Cartotheque de l'Universite Laval features some of the cartographical treasures kept in the collections of Laval University Map Library. These original documents are rare, some are in manuscript form and some are uniquely kept in Québec. The prominent piece presented is Champlain's map of New France of 1632 (second state). A "virtual" exhibition was derived from the "real" one in order to promote the treasures kept and the whole collection of ancient maps, thus providing an illustration fairly representative of the cartographical record for Québec. The Champlain cartobibliographic database is also inaugurated containing over 11 000 map records describing three collections: printed maps (about 4 500 sheets), 12 000 NMC microfiches (maps pertaining to Quebec as kept in the National Archives of Canada) and 2 200 maps on microfilm from the Québec Seminary Archives (now Musie de l'Amirique frangaise).
March 25 - April 25, 1998 - New Haven
Insular Visions 1898, The U.S. Imperial Imagination in Image and Text. An exhibit at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. This exhibit draws together a considerable number of visual sources - maps, popular histories, photographs, and drawings - in an effort to capture the spirit of U.S. imperial aspirations during and after the Spanish American War.
February 5 - May 2, 1998 - Washington
African-American Odyssey: The Quest for Full Citizenship. Northwest Curtain, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Includes 17 items from the Geography and Map Division.
March 3 - May 6, 1998 - London
The British Museum is holding its first ever exhibition on scientific instruments. It is centered around the life and career of Humphrey Cole so, as well as including 23 of his 26 known surviving instruments, it also includes his 1572 map of Palestine and coins that were struck from dies that he punched - a really interdisciplinary show. The exhibition is taking place in Room 69a (the little Coins and Medals Gallery on the first floor). There is a handsomely illustrated paperback book accompanying the exhibition: Silke Ackermann (ed.), Humphrey Cole: Mint, Measurement and Maps in Elizabethan England [British Museum Occasional Paper Number 126], (London: British Museum, 1998),ISBN: 0-86159-126-7. It contains full explanatory texts with essays by Silke Ackermann, Gerard Turner, Barrie Cook, Allen Simpson, Peter Barber and James McDermott.
May 27 - 31, 1998 - London
Visions of the past, 150 antiquarian maps and prints of Sri Lanka from Corinna Obeyesekera's collection, presented by The Friends of Sri Lanka Association, in celebration of 50 years of Sri Lanka's independence. Art Connoisseur Gallery, 95-97 Crawford Street, London W1H 1AN. The maps range from the triangular outlined early Ptolemy maps of the 15th and 16th centuries to the artistic Dutch maps and charts of the 17th century, and from the more systematic cartography of the 18th century to the accurate surveys of the island made by the British in the 19th century. For further information please contact: Art Connoisseur Galley: 171 258 3835, Mrs C. Obeyesekera: 181 904 6026, Brian Womersley (Hon.Secr. Friends of Sri Lanka Association): 189 282 2987.
December 13, 1997 - June 14, 1998 - New York
The Museum of the City of New York is displaying New York from Above: An Aerial View. This exhibit contains 26 paintings by the artist/geographer Spelman Evans Downer, who, according to the 14 December 1997 New York Times clipping: "makes aerial landscapes that use maps, photographs and satellite images as well as oil paint and drawing." His work is part of a larger exhibit on the New York City centennial, celebrating the joining together of Manhattan and the other boroughs.
May 27 - June 19, 1998 - Ashburn, VA
Views of Loudoun County (Virginia) - Maps & Photos, an exhibit of the works of Diane Helentjaris and Eugene Scheel. Sponsors are The Georgetown University Virginia Campus, The Colonial Board, and the Loudoun Arts Council. Location: The George Washington University Virginia Campus, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, VA (north of Dulles International Airport). Times: Exhibition is open Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm.
February 14 - June 26, 1998 - Washington
Mapping the Early Modern World. The Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol Street SE. A conference, to be held March 13-14, will investigate the creation and use of maps in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Until June 30, 1998 - Washington
Planning Washington's Monumental Core: L'Enfant to Legacy, at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW. Featuring historic and contemporary photographs, maps, civic web sites, and more. Free. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm. For information, call (202) 272-2448.
June 11 - August 21, 1998 - Amsterdam
In commemoration of the 400th year of Ortelius' death, the Amsterdam University Library will present a selection of his work in the library's exhibition room. About 40 maps and 30 atlases by Ortelius will be shown. It will be open from Monday to Friday, 11.00-16.00 h. A one-day symposium will be held June 19.
January 31 - August 23, 1998 - San Marino, CA
To mark the 500th anniversary of Portugal's discovery of a direct maritime route to Asia, the Huntington Library will mount a special exhibition Passages to Asia: Europe and the East in the Sixteenth Century drawn from its collection of rare books and cartographic material relating to European expansion. The exhibit will focus on several major aspects of European interaction with Asia in the 16th century: the navigational advances made by Portugal, which opened the sea route to India and the Far East; the origins of the first truly global economy, as east/west commerce increased; the impact of Jesuit missionaries in eastern Asia; and the influx into Europe of new first-hand information about Asian life, culture, and beliefs. Among the rare items on display will be a remarkable series of maps, including the first printed "scientific" maps in the King/Hamy world nautical chart (c.1504-1505), which was one of the first to use a latitude scale; Vesconte Maggioli's 1516 depiction of the Portuguese route to India; the lavish illustrations of Asia in the "Vallard Atlas" of 1547; Fernao Vaz Dourado's 1570 portolan atlas, which includes a key early depiction of Japan as well as one of the first mentions on a map of Macao; and important early maps of China.
August 6, 1998 - September 2, 1998 - Washington
Adolf Hitler's globe, seized from the rubble of his bunker in Berlin, is emblazoned with a huge swastika. Over Russia are inscribed in German the chilling words, "I am coming.'' Over North America are the words, "I will be there soon.'' A booty of war and emblem of unbridled ambition, the Nazi dictator's desktop globe is the centerpiece of a new and privately organized exhibit, World War II Through Russian Eyes, in the atrium of the new Reagan Federal Office Building, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The privately organized exhibit draws its uniforms, weapons, film, photographs, posters, paintings and other artifacts and documents from the archives of Russia's military. Most of the items have never been seen in the West and many - including Hitler's globe - are said to have never been displayed anywhere.
From Hitler's bunker: the Nazi dictator's personal standard and flag, uniform jacket, walking stick and war maps.
From the Kremlin: the maps that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin used to follow the course of the war, as well as a collection of personal items he kept on top of his own desk.
June 25 - September 13, 1998 - Baltimore
The Maryland Historical Society, Museum and Library of Maryland History, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, (301) 685-3750 presents Mapping Maryland.- The Willard Hackerman Collection one of the finest collections of middle Atlantic region maps in the country. The exhibition marks the first time that the Hackerman Collection will be on public view. Willard Hackerman noted business leader, philanthropist, and map connoisseur, has graciously agreed to loan his entire collection to the Society for a major show. This marks the first time that Mr. Hackerman's collection will be presented to the general public. Some enthusiasts have described the collection as the finest assemblage of Middle Atlantic region maps still in private hands. Most maps are in pristine condition and many feature beautiful hand-coloring. The Society mounted its last significant cartographic-related exhibition in 1982, some sixteen years ago. Mapping Maryland: The Hackerman Collection will trace the development of mapmaking and Maryland's own graphic portrayal from the late 1500s to the mid-nineteenth century. Sub-themes will explore the topics of map printing, the meaning of graphic symbols, the uses for maps over the centuries and, lastly, Maryland's own cartographic connections. Exhibition highlights include the 1612 map of John Smith, which contains the first accurate depiction of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline. Viewers will also be able to compare the numerous derivatives of Smith's map and discover how later information and interpretation altered its original appearance. The 1755 Fry-Jefferson map, co-produced by the father of our third US president, influenced later map-makers well into the nineteenth century; its decorative cartouche, a fine example of the engraver's art , illustrates the social order of plantation-based Colonial America. Important maps of Baltimore will also be featured, with special emphasis on the work of Fielding Lucas, Jr., an early nineteenth century Baltimore atlas-maker and a founder of the Maryland Historical Society. The Society will incorporate some of its own maps, atlases, and gallery objects in a supplemental capacity. Loans of other items, such as globes, are pending.
Until September, 1998 - Boston
A Boston Miscellany: Early Maps of Boston at the Harvard Map Collection, Harvard Yard, Pusey Library, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. The exhibit includes John Seller's 'A Mapp of New England;' the first nautical chart of Boston Harbor; and an unusual view of the Boston Highlands showing Boston's first baseball park.
May 17 - November 1, 1998 - Washington
A Collector's Cabinet. National Gallery of Art. This small exhibit in the Dutch Cabinet Galleries will simulate a 17th century collector's cabinet or "kunstkamer." Includes two globes and one atlas from the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.
October 1 - November 20, 1998 - Den Haag (The Hague)
Zuid-Holland in kaart (Province of South-Holland in Maps) is now on exhibit at Provinciehuis Zuid-Holland, Zuid-Hollandplein 1. By way of many "old" maps, the Province of South-Holland shows the development of administration and landscape. These maps are brought together from different collections and archives.
October 1 - November 23, 1998 - Tokyo
Antique Map Pleasures. A special exhibition of maps from the collection of Kazumasa Yamashita is at the Kita-City Asukayama Museum. Many Japanese city, provincial, and travel maps dating from 1684 to 1891 are on display. Telephone 03-3916-1133 for additional information.
September 15 - November 25, 1998 - Budapest
Maps from the collection of Oswald Dreyer-Eimbcke, president of the International Map Collectors' Society and honorary consul of Iceland, will be on display in the exhibit Iceland on Old Maps at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition was organized by Dr Zsolt Torok, IMCoS representative of the Department of Cartography at Eötvös University.
September - mid November 1998 - Edinburgh
Military Survey 250th Anniversary Exhibition: DMS's excellent exhibition was seen only for a very short time in Scotland (in Edinburgh University's Playfair Library in late September 1997) and, following negotiations between Military Survey, Historic Scotland and the National Library of Scotland, we planned for it to be re-shown to a much wider audience in Edinburgh Castle this summer from May onwards. This opening was delayed slightly by necessary archaeological and historical investigations to a building proposed for the exhibition site, and temporarily the exhibition is in Edinburgh Castle Vaults, near to the famous canon, Mons Meg! While it is there it is open during normal Castle opening hours (i.e. 09.30 -17.00 until 31 October, and slightly shorter hours for the winter season from 1 Nov.). Anyone wishing to see it while in the Vaults should ask one of the Castle Warders as to the location of the Vaults.
In a couple of weeks, following completion of building work, Historic Scotland will transfer the exhibition to a much roomier site in Edinburgh Castle's Queen Anne Building where it will remain until mid-November 1998. Because of the unclear date of transfer of the exhibition from the Vaults to the Queen Anne Building, anyone wishing to see the exhibition is recommended to contact Stella Fulton of Historic Scotland in advance of their visit. Her telephone number is: 0131-225-9846 Ext. 241. The original exhibition has been augmented with additional panels by Historic Scotland, to put more emphasis on the Scottish context. These panels include reproductions of some Board of Ordnance plans from the National Library of Scotland's collection.
September 26 - November 29, 1998 - New York
The Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, presents New York Begins: A Rare Drawing of New Amsterdam (c. 1650-54). This exhibition offers a rare look at De Stadt Nieuw Amsterdam gelegen op het Eylandt Manhattan in Nieuw Nederlandt (The City of New Amsterdam on the Island of Manhattan in New Netherlands), a two-leaf, water-color drawing uncovered in the Austrian National Library in 1992, and not seen in this country since the 17th century. The pen and ink, hand colored sketch on paper shows New Amsterdam as it appeared 25 years after its founding. This drawing is believed to be the oldest surviving hand-drawn cityscape of New York, and to have been the source for later drawn and engraved views of New Amsterdam including Visscher's view of New Amsterdam. It will be accompanied by a selection of period maps and printed views from the Museum's collections and a small group of objects evocative of the Dutch presence in New Amsterdam.
September 10 - December 6, 1998 - Berne
The Ryhiner map collection is one of the most valuable and outstanding collections of the world. It consists of more than 15,000 maps, charts, plans and views from the 16th to the 18th century, covering the whole globe. An exhibition of maps from the collection will be on display in the Schweizerischen Alpinen Museum Bern.