Social Half Hour at 5:30pm, presentation begins at 6 pm
Please join us for a special joint presentation between the Chicago Map Society and The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry. The Newberry Library owns a copy of the 1550 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia. This book is a groundbreaking description of the world that was published in Basel from 1544 to 1628 by Münster’s stepson Heinrich Petri and his sons. The 1550 printing is the first to include an important series of large woodcut city views that were contributed by local city governments and scholars throughout the German Holy Roman Empire. Prof. van Putten will present the main argument of his book, Networked Nation: Mapping German Cities in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia (Brill: 2017). He argues that Münster’s network of makers and contributors of city views—from German princes and artists to Swiss woodcutters, draftsmen, and printers—expressed their local and national cultural identities in their city views. Hence, the Cosmographia, and the city books it inspired, offer insights into the development of German and Swiss identity from 1550 to Switzerland’s independence from the empire in 1648.
Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door.