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During the 20th Century, a type of map became popular which has been given the name “pictorial map.” Unlike more traditional maps, which stress accuracy and detail, pictorial maps focus on symbolism and artistry. Images and text are combined to give a sense of the place being depicted. The map designer may vary the size of landmarks and text for emphasis, and bright colors and humor frequently are used to enhance the emotional punch in a cartoonish manner. Besides their utility, these maps have become collectible in their own right. Dr. Kanas will discuss both terrestrial and celestial pictorial maps, emphasizing their development and differences from traditional maps, and showing examples of the various kinds.

Nick Kanas, M.D., is a Professor Emeritus (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and was Northern Vice-President of the California Map Society. He has conducted NASA-funded research, has been an amateur astronomer for nearly 60 years, and has collected antiquarian celestial maps, books, and prints for over 35 years. He has given a number of talks on celestial cartography to amateur and professional groups, and he has written two books on the subject: Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography, now it its 3rd edition, and Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age.

This Lecture Will Take Place Friday, December 11th at 7:00 pm (CET – Paris) or 1:00 pm (EST – New York).