Seeing the World Anew:
The Radical Vision of
1507 and 1516 World Maps
Join us on November 12, as Chet Van Duzer discusses his latest book, Seeing the World Anew (Library of Congress/ Levenger Press). This exciting new book spotlights two of the Library of Congress’ cartographic treasures and reproduces them in the largest full-color formats ever authorized.
Both these maps disappeared after they were originally published and were lost to history until their rediscovery in 1901.
The 1507 World Map is the first to apply the name "America" to the New World. The map depicts the Americas as "an island … surrounded on all sides by sea," to quote Waldseemüller. This rare item was housed for more than 350 years in the 16th-century castle belonging to the family of Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg at Wolfegg in southern Germany.
Waldseemüller’s 1516 map, called the "Carta marina" ("sea chart"), was equally groundbreaking, essentially discarding the ancient map models of Ptolemy for a more modern vision. The "Carta marina" is the first printed nautical chart of the world. It differs markedly from the 1507 World Map—the name "America" is omitted, the New World is said to be part of Asia (in accordance with Columbus’s theories), and the Pacific Ocean is not depicted.
Books will be available for purchase and inscription by the author.
Chet Van Duzer recently completed a Kislak Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, where he studied Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina of 1516, and is currently an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps in journals such as Imago Mundi, Terrae Incognitae and Word & Image. He is also the author of Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study, published by the American Philosophical Society in 2010, the first detailed analysis of one of the earliest surviving terrestrial globes that includes the New World, and his book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps will be published by the British Library in 2013.
Monday, November 12
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Cecil H. Green Library, Bender Room, Stanford University (map)
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