Eric Tunis, '66 Antiquarian Maps and Prints of Asia Collection
After majoring in Geography at Middlebury, Eric D. Tunis ’66 served in the Peace Corps in Eastern Iran. Later, he worked as a Foreign Service Officer with posts in Kabul, Djakarta, Cyprus, Katmandu, Western Samoa, New Delhi, and Pakistan. Tunis's collection of nearly fifty maps ranging from the 15th to the 19th centuries reflects his interests in the historic and changing landscapes of the Middle East and Asia, and it continues to inform and engage Middlebury students today.
Some of the notable maps in the Tunis Collection include Nicolaus Laurentius's woodcut map Tabula quinta de Asia published in Florence in 1482 and engraved maps by the renowned cartographers Sebastian Münster, Abraham Ortelius, Gerhard Mercator, and John Speede.
Image: Detail from Gerhard Mercator's Asia, Antwerp, 1595.