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"Perthes im Gespräch": Fuji-san in Bruno Hassenstein's Maps

"A sacred mountain in Japan. Fuji-san in Bruno Hassenstein's maps" is the title of the next event in the "Perthes im Gespräch" (Perthes in Conversation) series, to which the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt cordially invites all interested parties on Wednesday, 20 March. The speaker will be Patrick Müller. The event starts at 6 pm in the Ahnensaal of the Perthes Forum in Gotha. Admission is free.

The Gotha Perthes Collection brings together the historical legacy of three scientific publishers:

  • the publishing house Justus Perthes Gotha,
  • the "Geographische Verlagsanstalt Justus Perthes Darmstadt" and
  • the "VEB Hermann Haack Geographisch-Kartographische Anstalt Gotha".

As the only map publishing archive preserved on the European continent, it contains unique source material on the development of cartography and geography in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the unity and interconnectedness of its holdings, the collection documents the last phase of the Age of Discovery, during which the interior of the non-European continents and the polar regions were explored.

The maps, atlases and journals published by Perthes, above all "Stielers Handatlas" and "Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen", shaped the scientific image of the earth well into the 20th century and popularised it for a broad public. Genealogical-statistical publications formed the second focus of the publishing profile, in particular the "Almanach de Gotha"/"Gothaische Hofkalender" as the authoritative biographical encyclopaedia of the European nobility.

The Gotha Perthes Collection was acquired by the Free State of Thuringia in 2003 with the support of the "Kulturstiftung der Länder" and integrated into the Gotha Research Library.

With the series "Perthes inm Gespräch", the research library regularly provides information on the progress of the indexing of the Gotha Perthes Collection, current finds and ongoing projects in workshop reports and discussion rounds.


Petra Weigel
Dr. Petra Weigel
Curator of the Perthes Collection
(Gotha Research Library)
Gotha Research Library (Gotha, Schlossplatz 1)
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