Geografie 2009, 114, 230-243

Cartometric analysis of old maps of Czech Lands: map of Bohemia and map of Moravia by Petrus Kaerius

Tomáš Bayer, Markéta Potůčková, Miroslav Čábelka

Katedra aplikované geoinformatiky a kartografie Přírodovědecké fakulty Univerzity Karlovy v Praze, Albertov 6, 120 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The article deals with cartographic assessment of two significant cartographic works from the beginning of the 17th century depicting the territory of Czech lands: map of Bohemia and map of Moravia by Petrus Kaerius (* 1571, † 1646). The map of Bohemia by Petrus Kaerius is based on Aretin’s map of Bohemia. The map of Moravia by Petrus Kaerius is a cartographic work derived from the map of Moravia created by Paulus Fabricius (*1519, †1588). To support these facts, cartometric analysis was carried out in both maps by Petrus Kaerius and their assumed originals. The methodology of map assessment is based on geometric analysis of sets of identical points in an old map and a reference map by means of multiquadratic interpolation. The geographic database DMU 25 was chosen as a suitable reference data set. Results of analyses comprising vectors of residuals on identical points, isolines of scale and rotation were visualized in the software package MapAnalyst.


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