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Supported by the fortune of his parents and assisted by his brother, Jean-Francois, Vandermaelen built a spacious geographical Institute in 1829, in which he installed a map-drawing section, a library and a museum.
He published one of the most remarkable world atlases ever made: a world atlas with ca.400 maps on a uniform scale of ca. 1:1,6 million.
This work, which appeared in 1827, was far ahead of its time but its appearance could only be justified by the unparalleled zeal of its author.
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