Antique Maps & Prints Meetings
October 11-13, Raleigh, NC. The 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries. Full details about this major event can be found on the society’s information page.
October 15-18, Portland, ME. Following its reconstruction and expansion, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine will reopen in celebratory style. The events, including open house, lecture, and conference, include: Thoreau, His Maps, and His Image of Nature, a lecture by John W. Hessler, senior cartographic librarian at the Library of Congress, and New Directions in the Study of Early American Cartography, the inaugural meeting of the Maine Forum for Map History. The event also serves as the opening of the yearlong exhibition, American Treasures, displaying a remarkable collection of antique maps of Maine, New England, the United States, and the world.
October 17, New York City. At 2:30 pm the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is the venue for the October meeting of the New York Map Society, as they join in the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson arrival in New York harbor and sailing up the Hudson River. Matt Knutzen, interim director of the NYPL map division will deliver a lecture about the current library exhibit Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009.
October 20, Denver, CO. 5:30 PM, Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Ave., Gates Room. Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. Dr. Bruce C. Paton, author of Lewis and Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness, will give a presentation on American explorers, including Zebulon Pike, Lewis and Clark, and Alexander Mackenzie, among others.
October 20, Raleigh, NC. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. State Archives & Library Building, 109 East Jones Street, room 308. Staff from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library, and the State Archives will present North Carolina Maps, from the 16th to the 21st century.
October 22, Washington, DC. 7:00 PM. Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, Geography and Map Division, B level. Meeting of the Washington Map Society, where member Joel Kovarsky presents Foreshadowing Manifest Destiny: The Cartographic and Geographic Vision of Thomas Jefferson. For more information, contact Dennis Gurtz, or call 301-926-1743.
October 25, San Bernardino, CA. California State University, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The California Map Society is organizing a visit to an exhibit at the Anthropology Museum entitled Seventeenth Century Ottoman Worldview From Pîrî Reis to Kâtip Çelebi. The Ottoman Empire was the world’s largest empire in the 16th century. The world maps of Piri Reis, although devoid of latitude and longitude, were astonishingly suitable for navigation. For more information, contact Juan Ceva.
October 27, Edinburgh, Scotland. 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. The National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place. A seminar presented by the Scottish Maps Forum will focus on the theme Mapping and Antiquities in Scotland. The seminar will study various Scottish mapmakers, along with early mapping of the Antonine Wall, a stone and turf fortification built by the Romans across the central belt of Scotland.
November 5, London. 5:00 PM, Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square. Maps & Society Programme. As part of this series of public lectures in the history of cartography, Professor Richard Talbert (Department of History, University of North Carolina) presents: The Artemidorus Papyrus and Its (ancient ?) map of … where… ? Refreshments follow the presentation, which is free and open to all.
Antiquarian Book & Map Fairs
October 18, Northampton, MA. Pioneer Valley Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair. Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St. (Rte 9), Northampton. Tel. 603-509-2639.
October 24, York, PA. York Book & Paper Fair. York Expo Center, 343 West Market Street. Tel. 717-846-2866.
October 25, San Francisco. Golden Gate Park Book Fair. Hall of Flowers, 9th Avenue at Lincoln. Tel. 415-668-1636.
November 7, Houston, TX. 7th Annual Houston Book Fair. Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay. Tel. 713-522-4652, ext. 207.
November 7, Paris, France. 8th Paris Map Fair. Hotel Ambassador. 16, Bd Haussmann. Featuring maps, atlases, and travel books.
November 7 – 8, Garden City, Long Island. The Long Island Book & Ephemera Fair. Garden City Field House, 295 Stewart Avenue. Tel. 603-509-2639.
November 8, Albany, NY. 35th Annual Albany Antiquarian Bookfair. Washington Ave. Armory, 195 Washington Ave. Tel. 802-464-8438.
Through November 30, Online. 7th Virtual Map Fair.
October 29, London. Sotheby’s. Books and Manuscripts from the English Library of Archibald, 5th Earl of Rosebery and Midlothian.
November 4, Gloucestershire, England. Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Printed Books & Maps.
November 5, San Francisco. PBA Galleries. Americana, Travel, Cartography & Exploration.
November 10, London. Sotheby’s. Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History.
Antique Map & Print Exhibitions
Through October 12, New York. Another exhibit not to be missed at the Museum of the City of New York. This exhibit takes the visitor back to the Manhattan of about 400 years ago in Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City. Through cutting-edge technology, the show depicts New York City as it was at the time of Henry Hudson’s exploration.
Through October 23, Middlebury, Vermont. An exhibition entitled Mapping Champlain’s New World, at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. The show includes important antique and rare maps of the Lake Champlain and Vermont regions.
Through December 31, Savannah, GA. Savannah College of Art and Design, 227 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Mapping the Past: A Selection of Antique Cartography from the Newton Collection. An exhibition focusing on antique maps depicting North America, Great Britain and the world, including rare maps from the first atlas depicting the Americas.
Through January 1, 2010, Mystic, Connecticut. An exhibition at Mystic Seaport entitled Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark, The Quivira Collection. A traveling exhibit, on loan from a private collection, including over 30 important antique maps, books, and illustrations covering the period from 1550-1800.
Through March 31, 2010, Mason, Texas. Rare Maps of America, an exhibition staged by the Mason Square Museum, features important antique maps dating back to the 16th century. The focus is on early maps of Texas.
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.
Permanent Exhibit, Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street. The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection, featuring antique maps of Florida and beyond.