New York Map Society
Member Links
Andrew Kapochunas     
Andrew's weekly-updated website has thousands of map images -- political,
topographical, and ethnographic -- from 1507 to 1954, of the area in Eastern Europe
which comprised the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the largest country in Europe in
the 17th century. The site also has key mapmaker biographies and well over a hundred
19th century and earlier town views, prints and collectible cards with maps of that area,
which today includes parts of 14 Central and East European countries: Austria, Belarus,
the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast, Latvia,
Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, and Ukraine.

Andrew is also writing what will be a six-part series on:
"The Maps and Mapmakers
that Helped Define 20th-Century Lithuanian Boundaries,
" for the Journal of the
Lithuania Philatelic Society
. The first five installments have been published:      
1. "
Administrative Boundaries of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Just Before the
Partition of 1772" in 2014
2. "The First Partition of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1772" in 2015
3. "The Second Partition of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1793" in 2016
4. "The Third and Last Partition of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1795: Adminis-
trative Boundaries of Lithuanian Lands from 1795 to 1918”
"The Role of Ethnic Maps and Their Makers in Determining Lithuania's Post WWI
6. "
Post-Versailles, Mapmakers Struggle to Depict Lithuania"
Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg
As Adjunct Professor of American History at Borough of Manhattan Community College,
Phil escorted Society members in 2006 on a walking tour of the New York City Hall
area and explained its evolution from its Amerindian village origin:
"Evolution of City
Hall Park and Foley Square"
Fredric Shauger
Leslie Trager
PJ Mode
Cornell University hosts PJ's collection of "Persuasive Cartography:" maps "intended
primarily to influence opinions or beliefs - to send or reinforce messages - rather than to
communicate objective geographic information  (Tyner 2015, 1087)." The collection
includes hundreds of map images that do just that, ranging from 15th century moral
maps to WW II propaganda.
Jacob Ford
Jacob has created a map, a recreation of the ancient "Tabula Peutingeriana," in the style
of a New York City subway diagram: "
The New Yorker's Tabula Peutingeriana"
He has also written an article about it: "
Twelve Roads Led to Rome"
Chet Van Duzer
See his presentation as part of "Paint over Print: Hand-Colored Books and Maps of
the Early Modern Period."
The papers addressed books and maps from the 15th to
the 17th used in hand-coloring, the connoisseurship of hand-coloring, and how color
alters the meaning of a printed work-- how the addition of color represents an
interpretation or reinterpretation of the work. All of the talks were video-recorded, and
those videos are now  freely available on the internet. Below I attach a list of the talks
delivered at the conference, each with a link to the relevant video.

Chet Van Duzer

(Access the presentations by copying the urls and pasting them  into your browser)

Opening Remarks by Lynne Farrington, Larry Tise, and Chet Van Duzer

David Bosse, Historic Deerfield
“‘To Give a Strong and Pleasing Effect’: Hand-Coloring in Historical Context”

Chet Van Duzer, Independent Scholar
“Colored as its Creators Intended: Painted Maps in the 1513 Edition of
Ptolemy’s Geography”

William C. Wooldridge, Suffolk, Virginia, author of Mapping Virginia
(UVA Press, 2012)
“Collecting Color−A View from the Trenches”

Stephanie Stillo, Washington and Lee University
“Authenticity and Authorship in Early Modern Colored Maps”

Michiel van Groesen, University of Amsterdam
“‘An Ocean of Rumors’: News from the Atlantic World”

Graham Arader, Arader Galleries, New York, NY
“Detecting Fakes and Forgeries in the Market for Hand-Colored Books,
Maps, and Prints”

Michiel van Groesen, University of Amsterdam
“Theodor de Bry and Sons, Master Engravers and Printers for the
Hand-Colored Book Market”

Larry Tise, East Carolina University
“America’s First ‘Coloring Book’: Theodor de Bry’s 1590 edition of
Thomas Harriot’s Briefe & True Report from the New-Found Land of

Joan Irving, Paper Conservator, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and
Library, Wilmington, Delaware
“‘Not Just for Ornament’: Transparent Liquid Colors for Maps & Plans”

Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
“Hand-Colored Herbals”

Speakers' Roundtable
Miklos Pinther
The former Chief Cartographer for the UN, and former Chief Cartographer for the  
American Geographical Society, spoke on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the New
York Public Library on
"The History of Cartography at the American Geographical
New York Times (left) and
Miklos Pinther (right) reviewing
the compilation of the "Map of
the Arctic Region" at the
American Geographical Society
Donna David
Donna is a graphic design professor at FIT/SUNY. She is a map enthusiast interested in
the intersection of design, maps and geography. Her blog:
Maps Everywhere
Tom Paper
Check out Tom's new site: The Digital Gallery, founded as a user-friendly platform to
showcase historic maps and related images.