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Mercator Revisited, Cartography in the Age of Discovery Sint-Niklaas, 25-28. travnja 2012.

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untitled The international conference Mercator Revisited, Cartography in the Age of Discovery was held in Sint-Nik- laas, Belgium, from April 25 to 28, 2012. Sint-Niklaas is a town about a half an hour of travel by train away from Ghent or Antwerp and 15 km from Rupelmonde, Mercator's place of birth. The conference was organized by the Unit for Cultural Heritage of the Waasland County and the Ghent Uni- versity and was supported by the In- ternational Cartographic Association (ICA), the Flemish Government, the Town Museum in Sint-Niklaas and Koninklijke Oudheidkundige Kring van het Land van Waas (KOKW). Invited lectures were held by Prof. Dr. Georg Gartner from the Vienna angle. The projection was and still is extremely helpful in navigation. Maps Tabulae geographicae C. Ptole- mei ad mentem autoris restitutae et emendatae by Ptolemy were published in Cologne in 1578. Sheets for that edition were analyzed and engraved by Mercator. He planned to publish a map collection representing maps of various parts of the world. The first part, consisting of 51 maps of western and middle Europe (France, Belgium and Germany) was published in Du- isburg in 1585. Mercator published a collection of 23 maps (Italy and Gre- ece) four years later. The third part, consisting of 36 maps was published in 1595, a year after Mercator had di- ed. In the same year, Mercator’s com- plete work was published with the name Atlas sive cosmographicae medita- tiones de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura. It was the first time in history that the term atlas was used for a map collecti- on. Since 1595, over 30 editions ofAtlas sive ... have been published. The atlas was translated in 5 languages and was also published in a reduced edition with the nameAtlasminor. With the help of his son Rumold, Mercator finished and published the world map Orbis terrarum compendiosa description in 1587. Mercator authored an important modification to Ptolemy’s conical pro- jection. The projection was adjusted and used by French astr

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