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Philippe Marie Vandermaelen

Philippe Marie Vandermaelen


Philippe Marie Vandermaelen (1795-1869) was a Belgian cartographer and geographer known for his pioneering use of technology and his leadership in establishing the important Establissement geographique de Bruxelles. Born in Brussels, Philippe was obsessed with maps from a young age. He taught himself mathematics, astronomy, and mapmaking and plotted the battles of the Napoleonic wars avidly. He took over his father’s soapmaking business briefly in 1816, but then turned it over to his brother in favor of cartography.

From 1825 to 1827, he released his first atlas, the Atlas universal, which was well received. It was sold in forty installments of ten maps each, with 810 subscribers listed. The atlas contained 387 maps in six volumes at a uniform scale of 1:1.6 million. The maps were intended to be joined and together would create a globe 7.755 meters wide. It was the first atlas to show the entire world on a large uniform scale and was the first atlas produced using lithography. This project served as Vandermaelen’s gateway into intellectual life, gaining him membership in the Royal Academy of Sciences and Belles-Lettres of Brussels (1829).

In 1830, Vandermaelen inherited a laundry from his parents which he converted into the Establissement geographique de Bruxelles, or the Brussels Geographical Establishment. His brother, Jean-Francois, also established a botanical garden on the site. The Establishment had its own lithographic press, one of the first to use the technology for cartography and the first in Belgium. They produced textbooks, surveys, and especially maps of Brussels to be used for urban planning. The complex also housed schools, an ethnographic museum, and a library open to the public. Vandermaelen was passionate about geographic education and saw the Establishment as an open place where people could learn about the world.

In 1836, he was knighted for his services to geography and the intellectual community of Belgium. He died at age 73 in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, near the Geographical Establishment that he founded. After Vandermaelen’s death, the Geographical Establishment declined, closing its doors in 1880. The extraordinary collection they had amassed passed to several institutions, most importantly the Royal Library of Belgium.



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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 6. Embouchere Du Fleuve MacKensie

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Highly detailed regional map, showing the mouth of the MacKenzie River and extending south to Petite Riviere and 1st Rapide. One of the earliest maps to focus on the region on such a large scale. The best large format map of the region during this...


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1825 - [MacKenzie River, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territory] Amer. Sep. No. 15. Grand Lac De L'Esclave

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Highly detailed map centered on the MacKenzie River and showing much of Yukon Territory and Northwest Territory. The map shows the region bounded the MacKenzie River, the Rocky Mountains and Grand Slave Lake. On the eastern portion of the map is a...


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1825 - Embouchere Du Fleuve MacKenzie

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Regional map of part of the mouth of the MacKenzie River and the Arctic Sea. Shows towns, roads, rivers, mountains, and a host of other details. From Vandermaelen's remarkable 6 volume atlas, which if combined as globe gores forms an immense globe.


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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 1. Iles George

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The Isles of George in the Arctic Sea. Shows towns, roads, rivers, mountains, and a host of other details. From Vandermaelen's remarkable 6 volume atlas, which if combined as globe gores forms an immense globe.


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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 16. Partie De La Nouvelle Bretagne (Hudson Bay and parts west)

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Large format map of the region the Esquimaux and Chippeway Lands of Canada. Highly detailed, with many rivers, lakes, place names, Indian Tribes, forts, etc. From Vandermaelen's remarkable 6 volume atlas, which if combined as globe gores forms an...


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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 1. Iles George

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The Isles of George in the Arctic Sea. Shows towns, roads, rivers, mountains, and a host of other details. From Vandermaelen's remarkable 6 volume atlas, which if combined as globe gores forms an immense globe.


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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 3. Baie Baffin

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Large format map of the region bounded by Gamble Bay and Entrée de Baleine to Sandersons Hope and Iles Womens. Includes notes of David's voyage in 1587 and Baffin's voyage in 1616, Centered on Melville Baie. Shows the extensive ice flows in the...


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1825 - [Gulf Coast, Mexico, Puebla, Vera Cruz, etc] Amer. Sep. No. 65. Partie Du Mexique

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Highly detailed regional map of the east coast of Mexico, extending from Nuevo Santander and Barra de Santander in the North to Pres. De San Felipe and Barra de S. Pedro, and including virtually all of Vera Cruz and Puebla and extending west to include...


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1840 - Mapa de los Departamentos de Jalisco, Zacatecas i Aguascalientes, Construido por el capitan de Fragata de la Marina Mejicana D. Jose Maria Narvaez, i mandado publicar por el Escmo. Sor. Gobernador D. Antonio Escovedo, i la Escma Junta Departamental de Ja

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Rare Map of Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes published in Belgium Fine Vandermaelen map of central Mexico. The map is densely detailed, and demographic and coordinates information in the lower left. This map is a collection of the provinces of...


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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 58 Partie De La Vieille Californie [Baja California, Gulf of California and Sonora]

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Highly detailed map covering the Baja from Isle Redonda to just south of Santa Margarita Island on the Pacific and Tiberon Island to Cerralbo and P. Arenas in the Gulf on the Sea of Cortez. Includes most of Sonora. Shows towns, roads, Missions, Bays,...


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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 69. Porto-Rico [and the Virgin Islands]

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Interesting regional map, showing Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, St. Martins and Anguille. The coverage of the Virgin Islands includes St. Thomas, St. John, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Anegadia and the other primary islands, other than St. Croix. Nice...


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1827 - Ile De Cuba Amer. Sep. No. 67. (Includes the Cayman Islands and Jamaica)

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Remarkably detailed map of Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, with over 100 places named and a fine depiction of the roads on Cuba and its topography. Includes roads, islands, rivers, mountains, lakes, elevations, etc. From Vandermaelen's...


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1825 - Amer. Sep. No. 68. Haiti ou St. Domingue [includes Bahamas and Eastern Cuba]

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Highly detailed map of Haiti, the Eastern portion of Cuba, and the eastern part of the Bahamas. In the Bahamas, the map shows Watlings, Conception, Long Island, Exuma and Little Exuma, Hog Cay, Atwoods Cay, the Crooked Isles, French Cays, Mariguana,...


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1825 - Europe No. 17 Partie De La Russie [Orenbourg & Petitehorde]

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Regional map of part of Russia. Shows towns, roads, rivers, mountains, and a host of other details. From Vandermaelen's remarkable 6 volume atlas, which if combined as globe gores forms an immense globe.


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1827 - [Hong Kong / Macao / Canton] Asie No. 98. Partie de La Chine

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Detailed map of the Province of Canton and Hainan Island, published in Brussels. The map includes nice detail at the mouth of the Pearl River, with Lantao, Macao and Canton named.


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1827 - Asie No. 110. Partie De Camboge [Vietnam]

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Detailed map of the region around Saigon