Two Maps, Famous Worldwide, in the İTÜ Library Collection

by İTÜ | Mar 08, 2018
Two important books from Turkey's national heritage, Maps of Turkey in History ...

Two important books from Turkey's national heritage, Maps of Turkey in History and the Tabula Peutingeri Map have found a home in Turkey’s first cartography collection, the Prof. Dr. Celâl Şengör Map Hall at the İTÜ Mustafa Inan Library. 

The works which will reach the scientific community courtesy of Boyut Publishing were presented by the Editor-in-Chief of Boyut Publishing Group, Bülent Özükan to İTÜ Mining and Eurasia InstİTÜte of Earth Sciences faculty, Prof. Dr. Celâl Şengör. Professor Dr. Celâl Sengör thanked Bülent Özükan, for pioneering the move to bring these rare works to İTÜ and to our country.

Prof. Dr. Celâl Şengör, in his text titled "A broad presentation on countries' map collections of their own past", explains that such a map collection has been brought together in this book for the first time in Turkey. Prof. Dr. Doğan Uçar, the former president of Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Geomatics Engineering wrote the historical maps where geography and cartography blended are with history knowledge. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kaçar, Head of the Department of Science History at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University edited the Ottoman text on the maps.

Maps of Turkey throughout history, in book form for the first time

A unique collection of maps, 2000 years old, with Asia Minor (Anatolia) at its center, from early times to today. It features the first and only work on this subject.

The Turkey Book, blending history with geography, enriched with maps compiled from the major museums and libraries of England, France, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA, is the largest exhibition of lands under Turkish domination.

The book displaying 265 maps selected from a pool of over 6,000 maps, on 50x70 cm pages, is the product of over 20 years’ work.

The book’s content which was enriched with digital copies of maps from museums and libraries, was edited by Bülent Özükan, with Art Direction by Murat Öneş. It is considered to be one of the rarest books of Boyut Collection Books. 

The Tabula Peutingeriana Map

Bülent Özükan prepared special commentary on the paths of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey's geography for the Tabula Peutingeriana Map, Turkish Edition. The Collection Book, prepared as a replica, is published using special techniques such that when the printed and bound pages are opened, a one-piece map, 7 meters long, is revealed.

Inside the book, on the other pages of the map known as the Tabula Peutingeriana, there is information on work done at other European universities. Enriched with various related links, the map gains interactive features when opened on the internet.

Prof. Dr. Celal Şengör Map Hall at the İTÜ Mustafa Inan Library

İTÜ Faculty of Mines, Department Geological Engineering faculty, Prof. Dr. Celâl Şengör’s Hall features Turkey’s first cartography collection. Much of the collection is made up of maps of different type from various countries of the world. The collection also has aerial photographs, planetary atlases and marine maps in a wide range of dimensions and sizes, with geological, tectonic, geomorphological and metallogenic content. The collection also includes geological and topographic maps published by the General Command of Mapping.

700 Years of Mapping History

Klaudios Ptolemaios' Geography Handbook manuscript, from one of the rarest books of Topkapi Palace Museum, which II. Mehmet (Fatih Sultan Mehmet) had translated, has, for the first time, met with all facets of the world of science.

In attendance at the presentation were our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, our Vice Rectors, Prof. Dr. Ali Fuat Aydin, and Prof. Dr. Telem Gök Sadıkoğlu, İTÜ Faculty of Mines and Eurasia InstİTÜte of Earth Sciences faculty, Prof. Dr. Celâl Sengör, Boyut Broadcast Group Editor-in-Chief, Bülent Özükan, and several members of the press including Journalist Fatih Altaylı. 

At the session moderated by journalist-writer, Fatih Altaylı, our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, emphasized that İTÜ was established with the name of 'Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun' in order to educate specialist personnel on ship building and sea maps during the Ottoman Empire. He stated: "The theory used in shipping is entirely from Ptolemy, a theory that is valid and accepted the earth as a center, that is, that the sun is a planet that orbits the earth. In that regard it is important.”

General Production Editor, Bülent Özükan of Boyut Publishing Group, who published the replica of the book shared information about the story of the book’s printing. Prof. Dr. Celâl Şengör relayed the 2000 year history of the greatest geographers of all time Ptolemaios' (known as Batlamyus in our language) Geography Book

Known as the World’s First Atlas

Klaudios Ptolemaios (100-170) is known as the most important geographer of all time. It is known that the book, which was published by Boyut Publishing, was produced at Scriptorium in Constantinople (where manuscripts were reproduced) at the beginning of the 1300's. In the manuscript, known as the world's first atlas, there are 27 original maps, including the Aegean and Anatolia.

Information about the restoration of the book at the Ptolemy InstİTÜte of Bern University in Switzerland was published in two volumes by Boyut Publishing. Ilber Ortaylı has written the foreword in the book containing İTÜ Mining and Eurasia InstİTÜte of Earth Sciences faculty, Prof. Dr. Celâl Şengör’s comprehensive and original essay '' Intellectual Personality of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the Light of Books.”