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Phillips Society: "The World of Ptolemy and the Birth of the Cartographic Atlas"

  • Friday, May 20, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119


Sponsored by the Philip Lee Phillips Society from the Library of Congress

Location: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119

Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Title: The World of Ptolemy and the Birth of the Cartographic Atlas

Speaker:  John Hessler, Library of Congress Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas

We are thrilled to invite you to a rare look inside the vaults at the Library’s collection of Ptolemaic atlases – a collection that has never been viewed in its entirety.

The event is made possible by gifts to the Library of Congress Philip Lee Phillips Map Society and it is being held in conjunction with the Washington Map Society annual meeting.

About the Program: The work of Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemy sits at the foundations of western cartography, and influenced Renaissance thinkers, mathematicians, and mapmakers for centuries.

Library of Congress collections contain every early edition of Ptolemaic atlases printed between 1472 and 1600, including the first Greek edition put together by the great Renaissance humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam.

John Hessler, Library of Congress Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas will give remarks on provenance and collecting of these extremely rare and valuable volumes and then you will meet with expert Library curators to see the display.

10:00 AM Coffee Reception, Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119

11:00 AM Remarks, Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119 and Livestreamed

11:45 AM Treasure Display, Jefferson Building, Lessing J. Rosenwald Room

Planning to attend?   

Registration is required - click here to register. If you are not in the DC area or are unable to join us in person, you can register to attend virtually. Capacity is limited.

If you cannot attend in person, you can join the LiveStream on Friday at 11 AM by clicking here.


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