[ISHMap-List] Map talk at the Bodleian: Wednesday 23 September

Nick Millea nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Tue Sep 8 15:59:43 CEST 2015

Dear All,

New Light on Henricus Martellus's World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging and

Early Renaissance Cartography by Chet Van Duzer (Los Altos Hills, California)

Wednesday 23 September, Oxford

Weston Library Lecture Theatre, 1pm-2pm. Admission free.

In this talk Chet will give an account of a recent project to make multispectral

images of a world map made by Henricus Martellus in about 1491, which

is held by the Beinecke Library at Yale. This large map has long been

thought to be one of the most important of the fifteenth century, and

was thought to have influenced Martin Waldseemüller's world map of

1507, but the many texts on the map were illegible due to fading and

damage, and thus its exact place in Renaissance cartography was

impossible to determine. The new multispectral images have rendered

many of the previously illegible texts on the map legible. Chet will

explain why the Martellus map was an excellent candidate for

multispectral imaging, describe the process of making the images, show

some of the results, and give an account of the place of the Martellus
map in late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century cartography.

More details at:

This one-off event will introduce a number of themes currently being explored in the Bodleian, and at the forthcoming Gough Map symposium in Oxford on November 2nd (registration information to be announced shortly)

Should you need more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes,



Nick Millea

Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
Tel:      01865 287119
Email:  nick.millea at bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Web: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/maps

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