Discover

In this section we gather together information for the collector. We offer advice on building and housing your maps and books, provide biographies of mapmakers, and a glossary of bookselling terms, and we draw together some common themes that span our collections, and tell stories of the histories of exploration and cartography.

Frieze Masters Virtual Tour – The Mapping of the World

A journey through 500 years of cartography, art, and science.

 

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The Winter Show Virtual Tour - From Sea to Shining Sea

19 January 2024

For the 70th anniversary of The Winter Show, we’re delighted to present the Petros G. Pelos collection.

 

From the arrival of the tall ships of the Pacific voyagers of the late eighteenth century, to the coming of the trans-continental railroad in the mid-nineteenth century, the Petros G. Pelos Collection is the story of the building of a nation.

The 100 items in the collection do not just reflect the emerging shape of the United States, but were fundamentally instrumental in creating its identity.

 

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APIANUS, Petrus

Born in Saxony as Peter Bienewitz, he studied at the University of Leipzig from 1516 to 1519, where he adopted the Latinised version of his German name, Petrus Apianus. In 1519, he moved to Vienna, where he was part of the second Vienna school of cartography, which included Georgius Tannstetter and Johannes Cuspinianus. He then moved again to Landshut, where he produced the Cosmographicus liber in 1524, an extremely popular work on astronomy and navigation which underwent thirty reprints. Based on Ptolemy, it contains paper instruments called volvelles, which Apianus would use so effectively in his work that they are sometimes known as Apian wheels.

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