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maps and plans
In the 106th issue of Brussels Studies, Marguerite Silvestre provides a summary of twenty-five years of inventory and research in the Vandermaelen collection.
In 1827, a young merchant from Brussels with a great passion for geography published an Atlas Universel that was breathtaking in its ambition. Tonight, the seventh scientific inventory devoted to Philippe Vandermaelen is being presented.
Maps and Plans
The Royal Library’s collection of maps and plans consists of:
- more than 100,000 maps and plans on loose leaves, usually on large paper formats
- approx. 600 atlases
- around thirty globes
- a substantial collection of books and journals on cartography
Many of the hand-drawn, engraved and printed maps dating from before 1800 belong to the collection of valuable objects.