Philippine Cartography 1320-1899
Philippine Cartography 1320-1899 is a book written by National Artist for Historical Literature Carlos Quirino. It is considered the most comprehensive historical survey of Philippine maps. The book's third edition was published by Vibal Foundation in February 2010 as part of its Filipiniana Clásica series.
About the book
In Cartography, Quirino details how the Philippines became known in the late 16th century as an obscure cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean and evolved for over four centuries into its current iconography. It includes rare illustrations of the Philippines as seen by distinguished cartographers Gerardus Mercator, Sebastian Münster, Robert Dudley, Pedro Murillo Velarde, and Jesuit missionary to the Philippines José Algué, SJ.
Cartography was first published by Carmelo and Bauermann, Inc. in 1959 with a limited print run of 100 copies. Nico Israel, a bookseller from Amsterdam, Netherlands, published a limited second edition in 1963.
The hardcover limited edition published by Vibal Foundation showcases more than 120 maps from the finest collections in the Philippines. It contains factual corrections noted by Quirino himself, which were listed in the 1963 edition. It also includes an introduction by map collector and scholar Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia.
The launch of the third edition of Philippine Cartography 1320-1899 is a highlight of the exhibit entitled Pen, Paper, and Bookmaking: The Life of Carlos Quirino at the Yuchengco Museum, Makati City, Philippines on 18 February 2010.
The exhibit is a celebration of the centenary of Quirino's birth, where the Quirino clan will grace the unveiling of the author's vast collection of books and manuscripts. The event will also feature a specially commissioned documentary film by Vibal Foundation featuring interviews and commentaries from renowned scholars such as F. Sionil José, Alejandro Roces, Manuel Quezon III, and Reni Roxas.
From 18 February to 10 April 2010, memorabilia items from the Quirino family archives and personal collections including the author's classified manuscripts, diaries, personal letters, and rare first-edition copies of his books will be made available for public viewing.
- Carlos Quirino: Pen, paper, and bookmaking Philippine Online Chronicles (accessed 16 February 2010)
- Quest for maps to treasure Philippine Daily Inquirer (accessed 16 February 2010)