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Hungarian and Croatian Cartographers

Marina Rajaković, Ivka Kljajić


Biographical and bibliographical information about Croatian cartographers has been collected systematically since 1995, firstly within the scientific project Croatian Cartographers, and subsequently within the research project Cartography and New Technologies, both carried out at the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb. Afterwards, work on the collection and arrangement of material continued within the framework of the Cartography of the Adriatic project carried out on the same faculty. The basic sources of material about Croatian cartographers are databases or lists of maps in map collections, monographs, map exhibition catalogues, symposium proceedings, various memorial publications, encyclopaedias and lexicons, and many journals. Graduate and postgraduate students at the Faculty of Geodesy have studied Croatian cartographers as part of their seminar papers, undergraduate and master’s theses and dissertations. A database containing biographical and bibliographical information about Croatian cartographers was created based on all the material compiled. A biographical lexicon, Hrvatski kartografi (Croatian Cartographers), was published after 14 years of data compilation. This paper is not a copy of part of that lexicon. It contains new information, particularly on Matija Petar Katančić, Joszef Erdődy and Franz Xaver Müller. Moreover, a number of illustrations have been added in order to facilitate a better understanding of the cartographers' work. According to our definition, Croatian cartographers are Croatians, or people of Croatian origin who lived or live anywhere in the world and worked or work in the field of cartography. Members of other nations and nationalities who were born in Croatia, regardless of where they lived or live, and foreigners who lived and worked in Croatia or still do, contributing to cartography, are also considered as Croatian cartographers. The paper deals with several Croatian cartographers who are also Hungarian cartographers. Some of them were born in Hungary, some were educated there, but all were engaged in cartography in some way.


Croatian cartographer, Hungarian cartographer, biographical lexicon, Croatia, Hungary

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