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Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923

Richard J. A. Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Wangyal Shawa, Princeton University Library

Mon, 12/5 · 4:30 pm5:30 pm · Engineering Library, Fine Hall, Visualization Lab

Princeton University Library

Professor Richard J.A. Talbert will outline the attraction and importance of the “Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923” exhibition, which is being launched a century after the Smyrna Fire and the establishment of the Turkish Republic. He will highlight the key role of the German cartographers Heinrich and Richard Kiepert and its remarkably long-lasting impact. Kiepert maps of Asia Minor (Turkey) remained the basis of those made by the Ottoman General Staff, as well as by the British, German, Greek, and Italian armies during and after World War I.

Talbert will also trace how he gradually became aware of all these rare, long-forgotten maps, and shares his experiences in searching for them. He also explains how Princeton University Library’s holdings and expertise have proven crucial to the creation of this absorbing display.

The talk will be held in the Fine Hall Visualization Lab and will be followed by a reception in the Maps and Geospatial Information Center. Registration is requested.

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