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International Conference on the History of Cartography

16th International Conference on the History of Cartography

16. Internationale Konferenz zur Geschichte der Kartographie

September 11-16, 1995 — Wien (Vienna)

Photo report Held in the Austrian National Library, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Department of Geography of Vienna University, with principal coordinators Ingrid Kretschmer, Johannes Dörflinger, Franz Wawrik, Jan Mokre, Helga Hühnel, Elisabeth Zeilinger. Conference languages English, French and German.

Thematic sections are "Central Europe," "Eastern Europe," "Near East," "Relief Representation," "Varia."

There were six exhibitions:

  1. "Cartographic Rarities of the `Woldan Collection'," at the University of Vienna Archives;
  2. "Das ist die Stat Wienn'. A Walk through Five Centuries of Vienna Urban Cartography," at the Historical Museum of the City of Vienna;
  3. "Relief Representation--From Simple Vertical (Profile) Methods to the Digital Relief Model," at the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying;
  4. "Maps, Atlases and Globes of the Oldest Monastery in Vienna," at the Benedictine Abbey `Schottenstift';
  5. "Lower Austria in Old Maps," at the State Library of Lower Austria; and
  6. "Cartographic Treasures of the Austrian National Library," in the Oratorium of the ANL.
Participants were provided with printed catalogs for all the exhibitions. There were also several receptions and visits, and post-conference excursions were a coach-tour to Krems, and a lengthy 6-day trip to Budapest and Prague, from Sunday, September 17 to Friday, September 22.

Two new special meetings as adjuncts to the conference were a meeting of the directors of Imago Mundi, and a round table on theoretical aspects of the history of cartography, chaired by Edward Dahl.

There were 47 papers plus 22 poster presentations, and there was an excellent accompanying abstracts book, which also includes substantial curricula vitae for all speakers and poster presenters, a very useful innovation (Ingrid Kretschmer, ed., 16th International Conference on the History of Cartography Vienna/Austria, 11-16 September 1995. Abstracts. Curricula vitae. Vienna, 1995 (111pp)). A festive concert held in the Austrian National Library closed the conference.

Papers 16th ICHC

  1. Ala'i, Cyrus. The Rise and Fall of Cartography in the Pre-Modern Islamic Societies.
  2. Alegria, Maria Fernanda, and Dias, Maria Helena. Coastline Representations and Evolution of Nautical Charts: The Portuguese Case.
  3. Bartha, Lajos. Halley, Marsigli and the First Isogone Line across the Carpathian Basin (1701).
  4. Buisseret, David. Maps and the Military Revolution.
  5. Cain, Mead T. The Map Trade in Early Victorian England: Insights from the Archives of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
  6. Csaplovics, Elmar. Time Series of Historical Maps for Analyzing Landscape Structures at a Regional Level--A Case Study of the Region of Lake Ferto (Neusiedler See).
  7. Dahl, Edward. Theoretical Aspects of the History of Cartography: A Discussion of Concepts, Approaches and New Directions. (part of the round table)
  8. Débarbat, Suzanne; Alexandre, Josette, and Dalies, Nandou. Unpublished Messier Celestial Maps for Representing the Trajectory of Comets.
  9. Dörflinger, Johannes. Comments on the Exhibitions. (a meaningful discussion, with substantial 2-page abstract in abstracts book)
  10. Dorffner, Lionel. The Digital Behaim-Globe--Real-Time Visualisation and Rotation. (a special presentation--See good resume in abstracts book, p. 111)
  11. Dumont, Simone, and Débarbat, Suzanne. Two Scientists as Cartographer Pilgrims in Central and Eastern Europe: Delisle and Cassini. (2-page French abstract also distributed)
  12. Edney, Matthew H. Current Theories in the History of Cartography. (part of the round table)
  13. Feldmann, Hans-Uli. Rock Representation in Topographic Maps of Switzerland.
  14. Fletcher, David. The Reconstruction of Map-Consciousness: Estate Mapping in Early Modern England.
  15. Garcia, João Carlos. The Relief of the Iberian Peninsula in the Printed Cartography (16th and 17th Centuries).
  16. Gavish, Dov. Foreign Intelligence Maps and the 1 : 100.000 Topographic Map of Israel: British and Arab Adaptations.
  17. Gonzalez Claveran, Virginia. New Spain's Coasts Cartography, 18th Century. (Although this was not presented, abstract was published.)
  18. Goodrich, Thomas D. Ottoman Maps of Istanbul in the Kitab-i Bahriye of Piri Reis.
  19. Heinz, Markus. The Development of the Areas Covered by Homannian Maps in the 18th Century.
  20. Hollo, Szilvia Andrea. Budapest on Old Maps 1686-1896. (Originally intended only as a poster presentation, this filled the spot of Gonzalez Claveran's talk.)
  21. Jacob, Christian. Towards a Cultural History of Cartography. (part of the round table)
  22. Kawamura, Hirotada. Papier-mâché Relief Model "Bohcho Dozu" Made in Edo Era. (paper distributed (4pp+2pp repr)
  23. Kelnhofer, Fritz. Cartographic Information Design and the Development of Reproduction Techniques at the End of the 19th Century.
  24. Komedchikov, Nikolai N. Main Periods of Development of School Geographic Cartography in the U.S.S.R. (1917-1991).
  25. Kretschmer, Ingrid. History of Cartography: Present and Future.
  26. Krogt, Peter van der. Amsterdam Atlas-Production in the 1630s; a Nightmare for the Bibliographer.
  27. Liebenberg, Elri. The "First" Topographic Map of Africa.
  28. Lierz, Wolfgang. Uphill or Downhill? Different Aspects of Slope and Relief Representation on Early Cycling and Motoring Maps.
  29. McGuirk, Donald. Apianus' World Map of 1520. World Census and Commentary.
  30. Mokre, Jan. The Town and its Environs. Aspects of the Cartographic Relationship between Vienna and its Surroundings from the 17th up to the Middle of the 19th Century.
  31. Oja, Tiiu. About the Development of Cartography in Estonia in the 18th Century and its Relations with the State Power and State and Estate Institutions.
  32. Okhuizen, Edwin. Dutch Cartographers in the Service of Tsar Peter the Great.
  33. Patay, Klára. The Map of Hungary Made by Lazius.
  34. Pedley, Mary. Maps, War, and Commerce: The Business Correspondence with the Firm of Thomas Jefferys and William Faden. (2-page leaf distributed with names of the correspondents)
  35. Pinheiro Marques, Alfredo. How and Why the Portuguese Ordered (and Paid for) the "Fra Mauro Map." (Pinheiro Marques was unable to attend, although a hefty 2-page abstract was distributed, which notes that the material is covered fully in his book A Maldição da Memória do Infante Dom Pedro e as Origens dos Descobrimentos Portugueses (Cemar, 1995), in its chapter 4, "A Origem do Plano da Índia: o Mapa Veneziano do Infante D. Pedro."
  36. Rajšp, Vincenc. Representation of the "Josephinische Landesaufnahme"--the Map with Descriptions of Slovenia.
  37. Rubin, Rehav. The`de Pierre Map' of Jerusalem, 1728.
  38. Scharfe, Wolfgang. The Image of Brandenburg on Maps of Germany of the 15th and 16th Centuries.
  39. Schilder, Günter. The Atlas "Blaeu-Van der Hem", a Monument of Dutch Culture in Vienna.
  40. Schlögl, Daniel. Cartography in the Service of Reform Policy in Late Absolutist Bavaria, 1750-1800. (paper was distributed (6pp in German))
  41. Semotanova, Eva. Thematic Mapping in the Czech Lands in the 19th Century.
  42. Thrower, Norman J. W. Relief Representation in the United States in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
  43. Unno, Kazutaka. A Method of Representing Mountains in Early East-Asian Cartography.
  44. Vries, Dirk de. How Specific Was Van de Velde's "Map of the Holy Land" (1858)?
  45. Wajntraub, Eva, and Wajntraub, Gimpel. Austrian Cartographers of Holy Land Maps and Views.
  46. West, Delno C. The Polar Cartography of "Inventio Fortunata." Was it a Medieval Metaphor for Hell?
  47. Woodward, David. The Harmsworth Atlas and its Place in the Gastaldi Tradition.

Poster Presentations 16th ICHC

  1. Babicz, Jozef. Atlas statistique de Royaume de la Pologne 1840 et sa importance dans l'histoire de science.
  2. Fleck, A., and Bartha, Lajos. Christoph Pühler--An Early Author of Surveyors Handbook and Designer of Instruments.
  3. Hofmann, Catherine. The Rediscovery of Greece in France, 1770-1820: The Testimony of Maps. (Three full papers were distributed in accompaniment: "Au temps de la Grèce libre et radieuse: Barbie du Bocage et le Voyage du jeune Anacharsis,(4pp+5pp repr)" "Choiseul-Gouffier et Barbie du Bocage ou La cartographie au service du mythe grec (1770-1820)(4pp)," and "Choiseul-Gouffier et la Grèce: Anticomanie et philhellenisme au siècle des lumières" (4pp+4pp repr).
  4. Klemp, Egon. The Field Mappings of the Near East by Helmuth von Moltke. (6-page paper in German distributed (1p+1p bio. Moltke+4pp repr))
  5. Klöti, Thomas. Making the Ryhiner Collection Accessible--World Wide Web as a Possible Aid in the Provision and Distribution of Old Maps.
  6. Kupcík, Ivan. Documenta Cartographica Saecularia Monacensia. (promotional brochure distributed)
  7. Lapaine, Miljenko; Lapaine, Miroslava; and Fran_ula, Nedjeljko. Croatian Cartographers. (A 4-page paper was distributed, including valuable bibliographical data on cartography and the history of cartography in Croatia.)
  8. Levi-Donati, Gemmarosa R., and Franco A. Hartmann Schedel: Only One Woodcut for Nine Different Places! (2-page abstract leaflet distributed)
  9. Livieratos, Evangelos; Valsamaki, M.; Boutoura, C.; Farantaki, E.; and Asteriadou, M. Cartometric Analysis of Ptolemy's Maps of Greece. (full paper distributed (5pp+6pp repr)
  10. Okhuizen, Edwin. A Cartobibliography of Maps, Plans and Views in Dutch Books about Russia and Neighbouring Countries (16th-18th Centuries). (1-page abstract distributed)
  11. Onuzi, Kujtim. Historical View over Geological Cartography in Albania. (full paper with much bibliography distributed only in a few copies (7pp))
  12. Rajšp, Vincenc. "Josephinische Landesaufnahme," the Ordnance Map for Slovenia (Made 1784-1787) in Comparison with the Sheets of the Atlas of Slovenia, issued 1992.
  13. Seurig, Max. The Stonetrench in Nobbin on Rügen--A Cartography in Stone? (1-page abstract distributed)
  14. Szykula, Krystyna. Jenkinson's Map of Russia of 1562. Further Investigations. (1p abstract+1p repr distributed)
  15. Venti, Carmela. "Team Earth": Goode's Homolosine Projection Transformed. (2-page abstract distributed)
  16. Wolodtschenko, Alexander. Cartosemiotic Peculiarities of Prehistoric Maps.


A 2-page "British Library Atlas Collation Project Progress Report: September 1995," on Rodney Shirley's ongoing project was distributed at the conference, and also a 3-page "DFG-Projekt `Erschließung historisch wertvoller Kartenbestände'," giving the status of that project as of August, 1995. There were probably some other reports, other than those noted in the listings above, for which papers were distributed, since I was not present at some sessions and very likely overlooked some. Also, according to Wawrik's closing address, there were 22 poster presentations, so evidently six are missing from the list here.


Cartographica Helvetica 13 (1996): 42-44 (Feldmann)
The Map Collector 73 (Winter 1995): 44 (Scott)
© 1995-2001 Idea and text: Douglas Sims; web version: Peter van der Krogt