Chet Van Duzer

Chet Van Duzer

Chet Van Duzer studies medieval and Renaissance maps and is a member of the board of the Lazarus Project at the University of Mississippi, which makes multispectral images to recover text from damaged manuscripts and maps, and which makes the technology available to libraries at low cost.

He has published extensively in journals such as Imago Mundi, Terrae Incognitae and Word & Image. He is the author of Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study, the first detailed analysis of one of the earliest surviving terrestrial globes that includes the New World; and (with John Hessler) Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps. His book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps was published in 2013 by the British Library, and in 2014 the Library of Congress published a study of Christopher Columbus’s Book of Privileges which he co-authored with John Hessler and Daniel De Simone. His book The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers’ Map of 1550 is just out (2015) from the British Library, and Brill has published a book he co-authored with Ilya Dines, Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript. His current book project is a study of Henricus Martellus’s world map of c. 1491 at Yale University based on multispectral imagery.