The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Most meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at the Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM.

November 15, 2016 – Chet Van Duzer:
"New Light on Henricus Martellus’ World Map at Yale (c. 1491):
Multispectral imaging and Early Cartography"

Van Duzer Photo

Chet Van Duzer
5:30 PM, Gates Room
Fifth Floor
Denver Public Library

Free & open to the Community


Chet Van Duzer 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, and (with John Hessler) Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps. His book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps was published in 2013 by the British Library. In 2014, the Library of Congress published a study of Christopher Columbus’s Book of Privileges which he co-authored with John Hessler and Daniel De Simone.

His current book projects are a study of Henricus Martellus’s world map of c. 1491 (held at the Beinecke Library at Yale University) based on multispectral imagery, and the commentary for a facsimile of the 1550 manuscript world map by Pierre Desceliers, which will be published by the British Library. Mr. Van Duzer will talk about this project, explain why he felt that the Martellus map was an excellent candidate for multispectral images, show some of the results, and give an account of the place of the Martellus map in late 15th and early 16th century cartography.

Event: There will be an informal celebration of RMMS’ 25th anniversary at Pints Pub, 221 W. 13th Avenue (a short walk from the library) following Chet’s talk, so you can keep your parking spot. No reservations, but please RSVP to Wes Brown if you can make it. We'll have a private room that holds up to 33 people, and you can order off the menu (drinks are extra). A rough count of attendees would be most helpful.

Upcoming Meetings -- Save the dates!

Oct. 24-26, 2016

International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS) Annual Meeting
Hosted by the Chicago Map Society
at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Followed by 50th anniversary of the Nebenzahl Lectures Oct. 27-29
and Chicago Map Fair Oct. 29-30
Details at IMCoS Events


Nov. 11-12, 2016

10th Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures
"Profiles in Cartography: Mapmakers and the Greater Southwest"
Hosted by the Texas Map Society
University of Texas at Arlington
Details at 2016 Virginia Garrett Lectures


Feb. 3-5, 2017

Miami International Map Fair
Sponsored by History Miami
Details at Miami Map Fair 2017


Announcements by RMMS Members

Naomi Heiser announces: "Mapping the Majestic: 100 Years of the National Park Service" at CU Boulder
Dates: August 22-December 16, 2016
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library in Benson Earth Sciences on the CU Boulder campus
This exhibit celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary on August 25, 2016.

Jim Akerman announces: "Mapping Movement in American History and Culture" project
The Chicago's Newberry Library, "Mapping Movement," features 400+ hi-res maps on the history travel, commerce, migration, and communications of North America from the 16th C. to the present.

John Lindemann announces the Annual meeting of the The North American Cartographic Society
Dates: October 19-22, 2016
Location: The Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Details at: Call for Participation

Lorraine Sherry announces "The Power of Maps -- Exploring the Magic of Maps"
The third biennial series of guest lectures by RMMS Members (some with antique map exhibits)
Dates: Thursday afternoons, February 23 to March 23, 2017 1:30-3:00 PM
Location: The Academy for Lifelong Learning
Classroom at: Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 East Girard Avenue, Denver CO 80224
Registration opens after January 1, 2017.

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