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International Conference on the History of Cartography
CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE SURVEY
Symposium 13a: The History of Cartography
[= 1st International Conference on the History of Cartography]
July 17-18, 1964 London
The original symposium, or, as we have since come to know it, the First International Conference on the History of Cartography, was held at the House of the Royal Geographical Sociey June 17-18, 1964.1 The price of registration was £1, and, according to the 1967 report, exactly 58 participants showed, out of 73 who had registered. Ten countries were represented among the papers' authors, Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, so the 1st ICHC was indeed very much international.
The symposium was in two sections, the first "Studies of Individual Maps, Cartographers, or Map-Groups," and the second "Methodology and Interpretation."
There were 23 papers, all listed below here, although but 17 were actually read. The papers of Jacoby, Levillier, Muroga, Oehme, Smet and Winter were read by title only, since their authors were unable to attend. The works of all but Herve, Jacoby, Levillier, Muroga, Oehme, Smet, Smith and Winter, were published in full in Imago Mundi, 19 (1965), and that journal has played a major part in the conferences to the present time.2 Three more papers, those of Jacoby, Levillier, and Winter, were printed there in abstract, and Smith's paper was printed, revised and enlarged, in Imago Mundi, 20 (1966).
The papers were followed by an open discussion, "The History of Cartography, present state and future prospects." (The discussion is well covered in the 1967 report, pp. 257-59), followed by a formal presentation of some recent publications, and finally the closing remarks, by Cornelis Koeman. Although I have not been able to find it so stated anywhere, probably full copies of all the original papers were deposited in the RGS Library, for that was done for the second conference, held, like the first, at the RGS.3
This first conference was essentially a no-frills gathering, without the auxiliary activities, such as specialist group meetings, excursions, receptions and exhibitions which characterized later ICHCs. However, there were several exhibitions connected with the 20th IGC of interest to a map historian, and two of them, organized by Skelton and Crone, while officially adjuncts of the larger congress and not of the symposium, can in spirit be considered as related to the latter, and as the forerunners of the exhibits which have accompanied all ICHCs since. They were "The Growth of London A.D. 43 to 1964," in the Victoria and Albert Museum from July 17 to August 30, and "The Mapping of Britain, 13th to 19th Centuries," in the King's Library of the British Museum for the same dates.4