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Treasures of the Map Collection

An exhibition of unique maps, atlases and globes from the CU FS Map Collection


A digitized version of the exhibition is available online in the CU digital repository.

With support from the Ministry of Culture of the CR, the CU FS Map Collection held an exhibition in the foyer of its building at Albertov 6 (May 7th, 2014 – July 31st, 2014) titled Treasures of the Map Collection. The exhibition presented unique hand-drawn maps, old atlases and digitized globes not typically found in other collections. Of particular note were newly discovered unique items such as Gijsbertson’s map of Europe, De Wit‘s map of Germany and Camocios’ map of the Turkish siege of Malta. Within the accompanying program guided tours were given to all those interested.

The exhibition presents an original collection of works that have not yet been on display to the public,” informed Map Collection Director Eva Novotná, who added: “It’s aimed at lovers of geography, history and cartography, as well as the arts, graphics and crafts, all of which are part of old maps, atlases and globes. They are a reflection of their time, when the author of a map could be recognized by his cartographical precision and use of colors, engravings and original compositions. The CU FS Map Collection must describe and store exhibits, make them accessible and keep and protect them for future generations.


Evert Gijsbertsz - Europe, 1598
(Source: Map Collection)
Václav Hollar - London, ca 1666
(Source: Map Collection)
Samuel Globic - Old Town (Prague), ca 1650
(Source: Map Collection)


A catalog for the exhibition was published in English and may be purchased at the Map Collection on Albertov 6 for 230 CZK. The catalog authors are: PhDr. et Mgr. Eva Novotná, Mgr. Mirka Tröglová Sejtková, Mgr. Josef Chrást.

The Treasures of Map Collection catalog (Source: Map Collection)


The Treasures of the Map Collection exhibition can be borrowed from the CU FS Geography Library from Blanka Šimánová (e-mail: simanovb@natur.cuni.cz, tel.: +420 221 951 359).


The exhibition was lent to institutions:

  • Městská knihovna Loket (5. 1. - 3. 2. 2015)
  • Knihovna Oblastního muzea Louny (4. 2. - 12. 4. 2015)
  • Moravské kartografické centrum Velké Opatovice (15. 4. - 15. 11. 2015) 
  • Šmidingerova knihovna Strakonice (24. 10. - 10. 1. 2017)
  • Muzeum Lamberská stezka a Infoc. Žihobce (10. 1. 2019 - 15. 6. 2019)



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