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Bound Images: Maps and Books

January 27, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Co-sponsored by Blue Mango Books and Manuscripts and Bruce McKittrick Rare Books; presented by the Bibliographical Society of America.

The dominant practice in Western map studies has been to consider maps as “sovereign,” that is, as individual images separated from the material context of their production, circulation, and consumption. Book studies also have generally overlooked maps when considering graphic elements such as engravings and photographs.  Yet many maps are located within, and contribute to the larger arguments of, books of all kinds, including histories, geographies, travel accounts, and novels. This panel offers three case studies to explore what changes theoretically and in practice when we dethrone the ‘sovereign map’ and engage with the production, circulation and reading of maps as bound images, a hybrid graphic and textual part of the stories told by authors and publishers which is experienced by readers through materiality, context, and significance: Giuseppe Rosaccio’s Il mondo e sue parti (Florence, 1595), Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra (Augsburg and Ulm, 1731), and Jorge Juan and Antonio Ulloa’s Relación Histórica del viage a la América meridional (Madrid, 1748).  Putting these examples in conversation, we suggest the importance of analytical bibliography to make cartographic materials accessible to and to connect map and book history.


  • Carla Lois, Professor of Geography, Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Jordana Dym, Professor of History, Skidmore College
  • Stephanie Stillo, Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection and Aramont Library, Library of Congress

Jan 27, 2:00-3:00pm EST. Register here: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/mLFaCqQbf67cryImCIiN5A?t=1638213716


January 27, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST