Prominent Personalities - Blaž Kocen
Date of issue: 29.01.2021
Author: Borut Bončina
Motive: Blaž Kocen
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheets of 25 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: 42.60 x 29.82 mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
200th anniversary of the birth and 150th anniversary of the death of Blasius Kozenn
In 2021 we mark two important anniversaries connected to the Slovene cartographer Blasius Kozenn. The school atlases for which he is best known were published exactly 160 years ago, which is a unique world record. His school atlases have seen almost 300 editions and reprintings and have been used in as many as 18 present-day countries.
Blasius Kozenn (Blaž Kocen in Slovene) was born on 28 January 1821 in the village of Hotunje near Ponikva in eastern Slovenia. Like Anton Martin Slomšek before him, he became a priest, although in the mid-nineteenth century he was drawn to the teaching profession and geography. His chief aim was to make geography lessons as vivid as possible with the help of new and better teaching materials. He taught in Celje, Ljubljana, Gorizia and, finally, Olomouc (Moravia), where he remained for longest. Not long after arriving in Gorizia, he began to make a name for himself with his first geography textbook. Other new textbooks followed and he also began publishing desk maps and wall maps. His crowning achievement were the aforementioned school atlases, which soon became the most popular publications of their type in the Empire. They set standards which went on to be adopted internationally and established the Kozennatlas as one of the best known brands in the field of school geography.
His extraordinary industry, combined with frail health, led to his early retirement and premature death in Vienna on 29 May 1871.
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