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International Conference on the History of Cartography
CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE SURVEY
4th International Conference on the History of Cartography
September 21-24, 1971 Edinburgh
Held at the University of Edinburgh in honor of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638). This anniversary was also evidently taken as the "theme" of the conference(?). Opening of the conference was by the Marquess of Linlithgow, at whose home, Hopetoun House, an exhibition was also held. Main coordinators were A. Young, J. Bartholomew, I. Adams, I. Kinniburgh, R. Elton. Attendance was "100 delegates" per one source, "over 100" according to another, from 13 countries. Participation cost £8, including excursions, and the cost of room and board at the university's Pollock Halls of Residence was £2.80 per day.
There were exhibitions at the National Library of Scotland (rare maps), and at the Royal Scottish Museum (historical instruments), and also a reception and exhibition at Hopetoun House. There were also visits to Blair Castle, home of Duke Atholl, whose map collection was viewed, as well as to the Scottish Record Office and to John Bartholomew & Son map publishing house.
There were 17 papers, and full texts were distributed, evidently some (all?) in both French and English. Of them, five were published in full in Imago Mundi, 26 (1972) (Destombes, Koeman, Schilder, Stone, Wellens), and another five in abstract (Andrews, Guthorn, Marshall, Satzinger, Taylor & Litt). The report in the RGS's Geographical Journal (see below) stated, "Copies of all papers issued are in the Society's Library."