Ferraris, the Legend

Karen De Coene, Thérèse Ongena, Frederic Stragier, Soetkin Vervust, Wouter Bracke, Philippe De Maeyer

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At the end of the eighteenth century, a large-scale map of the Austrian Netherlands and the Prince-Bishopric of Liège was manufactured, covering more or less the current territory of Belgium. The work for this Carte de Cabinet was carried out by artillerists under the guidance of count Joseph de Ferraris, who was commissioned for the task by the Habsburg government. At the time that the map was designed, no modern legend was included. This paper tries to fill that gap by presenting a legend that was constructed more systematically than any of its predecessors. It is based on the structure of the legend of the Topographic Map of Belgium and the CORINE land cover map, making it an easy-to-use tool for modern researchers. The problems encountered during the development of the legend are described, and the link between the Carte de Cabinet and eighteenth-century French cartography as well as with cartographic manuals is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Cartographic Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


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