Legacy of Empire map display

Cameron Library's recent map display featured 26 maps and city views that covered over 500 years and reads like a Who's Who of map makers. The display featured "[e]arly maps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary and Central Europe from the William C. Wonders Map Collection and featuring Hungarian maps recently donated by J.E. Horvath." The Horvath Collection has been described as "possibly one of the finest collections of Hungarica in private hands in North America."

The maps (in protective sleeves) were taped to the inside windows of the William C. Wonders reserve reading room. Practically, this is about the only way to display these rare and valuable items. The map collection unfortunately has no dedicated, secure, display space. Along the wall below the windows, an explanatory poster gave a bit of background on Alberta's Central European Heritage and the William C. Wonders Map Collection.

The exhibit ranged from 1493 to c.1916, balancing Horvath's Hungarian maps with maps of Austria from the wider collection. Some of the earlier maps included:

111) H. Schedel. BVDA (Nuremburg: 1493)
2) Henric Petri. Tabvla Europae IX Dacia (Basel: 1545 or 1552)
3) John Speed. Bohemia newly described. (London: 1626) 1:800,000
4) Joan Blaeu. Taurice Chersonesus Nostra aetate Przecopsca... (Amsterdam: 1663)

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5) Jacob Peeters. Casteel van Presbvrg; Casteel van Bvda (Antwerp: 1686)
6) Johann Georg Schreiber. Neue Kriegs Charte von Siebenburgen Molgau, Walachey,... (Leipzig: 1740)
7) Jean Baptiste Nolin, Jr. Le Royaume de Pologne comprenant [...] Pologne et de Lithuania... (Paris: 1742)

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 8) One of the nicest pieces on display, a folio-sized town plan and view of Vienna, which I have no record for and no idea who it's by. Let me know if you know.

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