Over 500 years ago, German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller created two groundbreaking maps of the world, both now in the collections of the Library of Congress. Waldseemüller‘s 1507 world map, the first to apply the name “America” to the New World, and his 1516 nautical chart of the world both represented a revolutionary reimaging of the known world at the time. Authors John Hessler and Chet Van Duzer will discuss the cartographic sources of Waldseemüller’s maps and along with an overview of the Schöner Sammelband, the early 16th century collection that housed the only known copies of both maps.
John Hessler, Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection for the History of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress, has written extensively on the history of mathematics, science and cartography.
Chet Van Duzer, currently an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown library, has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps.
This event is co-sponsored by the New York Map Society.