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New technology looks to uncover hidden text on map that influenced Christopher Columbus September 16, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Maps, Special Collections

The map is referred to as the Martellus map. It is named after its creator, the German cartographer Henricus Martellus, and is thought be have been produced in or around 1491. The only known surviving copy lives at the Beinecke Library at Yale. Being a large wall map, it is 4 by 6.5 feet, and having survived for over 500 years it is understandable that the map has seen better days.  The map, which is usually on display by Beinecke’s service desk,…

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A 21st Century Literary Atlas of Europe September 1, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Maps

The impetus for the project is simple: Where is literature set and why? For over a hundred years “literary criticism has been struggling with the question of how best to depict literary spaces on maps in an adequate and objectively accurate manner” Combining the fields of literary geography and cartography researchers at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation in  Zurich have been at work since 2006 compiling new interactive tools to assist researchers and others with an interest in literature and…

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The Beat Generation in the Big Apple August 11, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Maps

Carl Solomon, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs at the Gotham Book Mart, New York City, 1977 Calling all tour guides… The latest New York-centric map from Constantine Valhouli features the haunts, hangouts and related places of interest for the Beat Generation. From the library in Ozone Park, Queens where Jack Kerouac started planning his seminal road trip to the West End bar across from Columbia University which became “a college bar for the Beat poets”…

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