Antique Map & Print Meetings
April 8, Washington, DC. 12:00 Noon. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division Reading Room, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Thoreau as mapmaker? Groundbreaking research by John Hessler, Senior Reference Librarian, of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, demonstrates that Thoreau was indeed a cartographer, and he expounds on this theme in his lecture entitled Building, Dwelling, Thinking: A Study of the Cartographic Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau in the Library of Congress. For more information, email John Hessler.
April 21, 28, & May 5, Boston. 5:30 pm. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. A series of three lectures, presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, entitled A New England Tradition of Map Collecting – Cartographic Treasures from the Boston Public Library. This landmark series reveals important examples of antique maps and antique atlases from the library’s extensive cartographic collection. For specific lecture titles, email Ronald E. Grim, curator of maps at the center, or call 617-859-2375.
April 23, London. 5:00 PM. Maps and Society Eighteenth Series Programme, University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square. This month’s presentation, by Eva Stamoulou, (University of Manchester Art History and Visual Studies Department) is titled Portraying the Mediterranean: Sixteenth-century Books of Islands (Isolarii) and the Venetian Maritime Empire. Free admission, with refreshments following the lecture. More info, call +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 or email Tony Campbell.
April 23, Washington, DC. 7:00 PM, Geography and Map Division, Madison Bldg., Level B, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue. Washington Map Society director Chas Langelan presents a lecture on the surveying of the boundary line that came to be known as the Mason and Dixon line. The survey, originally scheduled to last 18 months, took 6 years to complete. The annual business meeting of the Washington Map Society precedes the lecture. For more information, email Dennis Gurtz, or call 301-926-1743.
April 25, Deerfield, MA. A one day forum at Historic Deerfield entitled Cartographic Collections: Investigating and Collecting Antique Maps. For more information call 413 775-7179.
April 28, Milwaukee, WI. 6:00 pm. The American Geographical Society Library presents Yankee Surveyors in Imperial Waters: The Perry Expedition to Japan, a lecture by John H. Schroeder, Professor History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. A reception precedes the lecture at 5:00 pm. Details are at the AGS website.
Antiquarian Book & Map Fairs
April 10-11, Akron, Ohio. Akron Antiquarian Book Fair. John S. Knight Convention Center.
For information call: 330-865-5831.
April 19, Burlington, VT. Vermont Antiquarian Spring Book & Ephemera Fair. Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Road. For information call: 802-527-7243.
May 2, Braintree, MA. Greater Boston Book and Ephemera Fair, Braintree Sheraton, 37 Forbes Road. For information call 603-509-2639.
May 17, Ann Arbor, MI. 30th Annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 South State Street. For more information, call 734-995-1891.
May 17, Concord, NH. New Hampshire Works on Paper, Concord Holiday Inn, 172 North Main Street. For information call 603-509-2639.
May 30 – 31, Seattle. Seattle Book and Paper Show, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, East Denny Way. For information, call 206-323-3999.
April 7, Oxford, England. Bonhams. Printed Books & Maps.
April 21, New York. Swann Galleries. Early Printed Books.
May 1, Online. Old World Auctions. Antique Maps, Atlases, and Decorative Graphics. Online auction.
May 7, London. Sothebys. Natural History, Travel, Atlases, and Maps.
May 14, San Francisco. PBA Galleries. Americana, Travel & Exploration, Maps.
Antique Map & Print Exhibitions
Through April 26, 2009. The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian. A major exhibition focusing on rarely-seen, important, oversized prints produced during the Renaissance.
Through April 30, Newburgh, NY. Educational Turkish Maps. Turkey, particularly via the mapping of Kermal Reis and Piri Reis, established a tradition of mapping excellence dating back to the discovery of the New World. Maps in this exhibition, at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, are primarily hand-drawn maps from Turkish textbooks.
Through May 10, 2009. Winchester, VA. Jed Hotchkiss – Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street. An exhibition featuring maps by a native son, noted mapmaker Jed Hotchkiss, whose remarkable maps are credited with helping Stonewall Jackson achieve notable victories during the Civil War. Hotchkiss served as an engineer in the Confederate Army of North Virginia.
Through May 23, 2009. Richmond, VA. From Williamsburg to Wills Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map. An exhibition at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street.
Through May 31, Golden, Colorado. On High: The Cartography of Topography. An exhibition of rare maps of world mountains and mountain regions, at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. This unusual exhibition looks at how mountainous regions have been mapped throughout history. Some important maps are included in the exhibition, including Zebulon Pike’s map of the Southwest and a map from the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Through May, 2009. Georgetown, Texas. Charting History: Maps from the Don Martin Collection. Displaying maps from the 17th through the 19th centuries, at the Williamson Museum.
Through June 12, Cambridge, MA. Pusey Hall, at Harvard College Library. Taking the Measure of Rhode Island: A Cartographic Tour. The exhibit displays the history of the mapping of the State of Rhode Island, from the 17th century through the early 20th century. Many different types of map are on display, including state and city atlases; state maps; town plans; nautical charts; surveys; road maps, and more. For more information, call 617-495-2417.
Through May 9, 2010. Texas. Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps. A major travelling exhibition of five hundred years of maps of Texas.