As is evident by the design of this blog (and my own, real world profession), I’m rather enamored with with early printing and cartography. Here are some references, articles, and outstanding examples that have captured my attention.


Beligica Orientalis – A Northeastern Netherlands Map and 2017 Calontir Queen’s Prize Judges’ Choice

Six weeks of research, design choices, and careful work with pencil, ink, and watercolor resulted in a three-sheet map of the northeastern provinces of the early Dutch Republic. Entered into Calontir's 2017 Queen’s Prize Tournament, the map won the Judges’ Choice award.  Read More

A Map of Forgotten Sea, 2017 Calontir Tri-Levels Judges’ Choice

My interest in cartography was born out of a childhood of Tolkien and RPG maps and only deepened by my study of the Golden Age of Cartography. My map of the Kansas City area's SCA chapters was drawn to better understand the compositional elements of the great sixteenth century mapmakers. It was so well received that it was awarded the Judges' Choice at the Calontir 2017 Tri-Levels arts & sciences competition.  Read More

Leather-Bound Album Amicorum, 2017 Calontir Tri-Levels Entry

Albums amicorum were yearbooks before yearbooks existed, and even could be considered to fill the same social networking outlet that we use Facebook for in our own day and age. This project was my first attempt at bookbinding, and I chose to use an interesting historic (and persona-relevant) form as one of my entries to the 2017 Tri-Levels arts and sciences competition.  Read More

World’s First Known Printed Bookplate, c. 1480

Dating to the first few decades after the invention of the printing press and moveable type, the bookplate of Hilprand Brandenburg is a noteworthy example of the desire of book collectors throughout history to leave a personal mark on their collection.  Read More

Low Countries Printing, Cartography, and Print Culture Bibliography

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Low Countries were one of the hotbeds of the printing and bookselling industries across Europe. This applies particularly to Antwerp until the 1560s, and then the Dutch Republic as a whole past that. This is a living bibliography of sources for students interested in this rich history.  Read More

Notable 16th Century Cartographers

The 16th Century marked the early phase of the Age of Discovery. The horizons of the world were being expanded, and European explorers, traders, and missionaries pushed distant boundaries from the Americas to the Spice Islands of South East Asia. Combined with the explosive growth of the printing press, this growing knowledge of the world created much of the opportunity for significant advancements in cartography to take place—contributed to by some of the men listed in this article.  Read More

Cartography Links and Bibliographies

For those interested in cartography (i.e. map nerds like myself)—particularly during the expansion of the printing press and the early decades of the Age of Discovery—there's a wealth of resources, websites, books, and articles to draw from. I'll be slowly assembling a list of helpful links and books as I come across them here.  Read More