14th Nebenzahl Lectures: A Taste for Maps: Cartography and Commerce in Early Modern Europe

Thursday, October 11, 2001Saturday, October 13, 2001
Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lecture Series

Although historians of Cartography often consider the term “commercial cartography” to denote maps of a lesser quality, the commercial motive has been central to the making of maps for centuries. Whether conducted at the behest of governments, scientific organizations, private citizens, or other interests, mapmaking has always been a business as well as an art. These lectures explored how the business behind cartography affected the making of maps in early modern Europe. As keynote speaker Dr. Mary Pedley explained, “behind every printed map was someone waiting to be paid.”


  • Markus Heinz (Staatsbibliothek Berlin-Preussischer Kulturbesitz), “Commercial Aspects of the Map Trade in Eighteenth–Century Germany”

  • Peter van der Krogt (Universiteit Utrecht), “Hondius-Janssonius vs. Blaeu: Competition in Amsterdam”

  • Mary Pedley (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan ), “Getting to Market: From Map to Print in London and Paris,” “Giving Pleasure to the Public: Adding Up the Cost,” “Good Map/Bad Map: Telling the Difference,”

  • David Woodward (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “The Map Trade in Sixteenth–Century Italy”