The Friends of Dard Hunter is proud to be a supporter of The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, and recently, the museum hosted a great event to coincide with a new exhibition, A Gathering of Continents: A Rare Exhibit of Georgia Tech's Edition of Joan Blaeu's Grooten Atlas.
Dr. Paul Gehl, a distinguished scholar and curator, presented a lecture on March 5th titled Collecting Book and Paper History: An American Tradition. Dr. Gehl is the George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books, and Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library.
A Gathering of Continents is a collaborative project of the museum, the Georgia Tech Library, and Ivan Allen College. Also called the Atlas major, the atlas was published in Amsterdam between 1662-1665. Blaeu's nine volume atlas remains the foremost European Atlas published in the seventeenth century. This particular edition is one of the few remaining hand-colored, gold-embossed deluxe editions of the Atlas, bound in Moroccan leather. Original volumes of the Atlas will be on exhibit along with reproductions of select maps from the works.
A Gathering of Continents will be open from February 27 until June 26, 2015.