Maps for the Masses: The Making of Small, Affordable Pocket Atlases From the Early World Atlases of Ortelius and Mercator 1577-1607

Chicago Map Society
Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, November 14, 2013

5:30 pm - 7 pm

Ruggles Hall

Presented by Matthew White

When Abraham Ortelius made the first modern world atlas in 1570, it was an immediate hit, but it was extremely expensive. Soon, associates of Ortelius had the idea to make a smaller version, affordable for the middle class. In time, others were competing, with derivatives of not only Ortelius maps, but also Gerard Mercator’s. Thus, over 400 years ago, began the development of the family atlas, an almost universal fixture in western homes today.

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm.

Cost and registration information: 

Meetings are open to the public. We do, however, ask for a $5 donation from non–Map-Society members to help support program costs, which are covered by members’ annual dues.