Paint over Print Conference Links to Videos of the Talks

MoEML Note

When notice of the Paint over Print symposium came over the electronic transom a few months ago, MoEML was eager to publicize the news via our social media channels. MoEML users tend to like maps, and MoEML builders could be said to be colouring on our map using digital brushes. What could be better than an entire symposium devoted to the topic of hand-coloured early modern maps? Unique, priceless treasures like these are beautiful in their own right but also bear witness to readerly interaction with these highly rhetorical cartographic texts.

Conference Information

Paint over Print: Hand-Colored Books and Maps of the Early Modern Period took place on 19 and 20 February, 2015, at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference brought together scholars to consider different aspects of hand-colored books and printed maps from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries: the materials and techniques used; the aesthetics of hand coloring; how color alters the meaning of the work in question; and how the addition of color represents an interpretation or reinterpretation of the work.
Paint over Print was organized by Chet Van Duzer, Independent Scholar, and Larry E. Tise, East Carolina University. The conference was sponsored by the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries; the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania; the Workshop in the History of Material Texts, University of Pennsylvania; and the Conservation Center for Historic Art & Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA.
Conference Organizers Chet Van Duzer and Larry E. Tise have very generously allowed MoEML to embed the high-quality YouTube video recordings from the conference into this post. Scroll down to enjoy the talks and slides. We’ve departed from MoEML house style for this blog post and tried to mimic the style of the Paint over Print conference materials.
Links to videos
of the talks presented at

Paint over Print:
Hand-Colored Books and Maps
of the Early Modern Period

19-20 February, 2015
Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library,
University of Pennsylvania


Larry E. Tise, Philadelphia, PA
Chet Van Duzer, Los Altos Hills, CA

February 19

David Bosse
Historic Deerfield
To Give a Strong and Pleasing Effect: Hand-Coloring in Historical Context

Chet Van Duzer
Independent Scholar
Colored as its Creators Intended: Painted Maps in the 1513 Edition of Ptolemy’s Geography

William C. Wooldridge
Suffolk, Virginia; author of Mapping Virginia (UVA Press, 2012)
Collecting Color−A View from the Trenches

Stephanie Stillo
Washington and Lee University
Authenticity and Authorship in Early Modern Colored Maps

Michiel van Groesen
University of Amsterdam
An Ocean of Rumors: News from the Atlantic World

Graham Arader
Arader Galleries, New York, NY
Detecting Fakes and Forgeries in the Market for Hand-Colored Books, Maps, and Prints

February 20
Michiel van Groesen
University of Amsterdam
Theodor de Bry and Sons, Master Engravers and Printers for the Hand-Colored Book Market

Larry Tise
East Carolina University
America’s First Coloring Book: Theodor de Bry’s 1590 edition of Thomas Harriot’s Briefe & True Report from the New-Found Land of Virginia.

Joan Irving
Paper Conservator, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Wilmington, Delaware
Not Just for Ornament: Transparent Liquid Colors for Maps & Plans

Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
Hand-Colored Herbals

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MLA citation

Jenstad, Janelle. Paint over Print Conference. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 30 Jun. 2021,

Chicago citation

Jenstad, Janelle. Paint over Print Conference. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed June 30, 2021.

APA citation

Jenstad, J. 2021. Paint over Print Conference. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 6.6). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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