Sander's Carto Notes

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Issue 100\

Cartographic Notes

Winter 2017

Compiled by Tom Sander

DIGITAL ACCESS TO PAST ISSUES OF THE PORTOLAN

A new membership benefit has been added for members of the Washington Map Society.  Past issues of The Portolan have been digitized and are now available for reading by all paid members via the For WMS Members Only tab at the www.washmapsociety.org

GINSBERG COLLECTION GIFTED TO NORWAY

From a Press Release by the National Library of Norway:

“The world's largest private collection of maps of Norway and the northern areas has been purchased by the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB foundation and [is being] transferred to the National Library of Norway [by the end of 2017]. At the same time, the Government will allocate funds for a new map centre in the National Library. William B. Ginsberg's map collection is the most valuable donation the library has ever received….  “A national cultural treasure is now coming home to Norway,” says Aslak Sira Myhre, director general of the National Library. "When this amazing donation is combined with our existing map collection, the National Library will have the world’s largest and most systematically compiled collection of maps of Norway and the northern regions, which will constitute one of the most important map collections for research in Europe.” ….“This is one of the largest public-private partnerships in Norway ever and the first for a library of this magnitude. We are very happy and grateful to the Sparebankstiftelsen foundation, the Government and William Ginsberg who together have made it all possible,” says Myhre.

About the Ginsberg Collection:  American collector (and Washington Map Society member) William B. Ginsberg has spent 30 years building his collection of maps of Norway and the northern regions. The collection consists of atlases and loose map sheets totalling several thousands of maps divided into around a thousand units. The value of the collection is around NOK 60 million [USD 7.7 million]. Among the maps in the collection is the first printed map of the Nordic region from 1482 and the first printed world map on which Norway is drawn from the same year. Ginsberg acquired the maps from all over the world, and has kept the collection primarily in the United States.

CORRECTION TO  CORONELLI  REVIEW

In the review of Vincenzo Coronelli Cosmopgrapher (1650-1718), The Portolan issue 99, page 62, the town of the publisher Brepols should have read Turnhout, Belgium.  We regret the error.

NEW MAP JOURNAL - CALAFIA

California Map Society (CMS) President Susan Caughey has announced a printed copy of the current issue (September 2017) of Calafia, the new journal that has replaced the CMS newsletter. This issue is 28 pages created by its editor Juliet Rothman, publisher Fred DeJarlais and twenty contributors.  Although many in the CMS elected to receive the newsletter electronically, the CMS Board of Directors decided that the Calafia is so impressive that members would enjoy a printed copy. It will be issued twice a year and the CMS plans to also mail a printed copy of the next issue to all CMS members. The CMS may then revert to the cost-saving electronic distribution (unless they hear a great outcry for the printed version!).

MORE ON LAMPEDUSA

Portolan issue 99 (Fall 2017), page 87, contained mention of an active Society on that Italian island promoting its history and cartography.  Should any readers want to pursue that further, your contact is the group’s President Antonino Taranto, at tarantonino@libero.it .He is especially interested in hearing from anyone who has or has seen an old map of Lampedusa or Linosa.  One of their best finds thus far is the map accompanying this article.  It was drawn ca. 1775 by the Knights of Malta who were intending to use Lampedusa as a refuge in case of naval battles and bad weather in the Mediterranean.  The map was found in the State Archives of Palermo and shows a little inhabited island full of trees. Unfortunately these numerous trees were cut down and used in shipbuilding or to make fires to cook food. Today the inhabitants and the Italian Government are trying to reverse this disaster and have planted trees wherever possible – mostly umbrella pines.  The map was drawn ca. 1775 by Domenico Melodia following the observations of Giovanni Battista Ghiott, pilot for the Order of Malta at the time of Grand Master Emanuele De Rohan (1775-1797).

Melodia, Domenico.  Map of Lampedusa, ca. 1775.


Issue 99

Cartographic Notes

Fall 2017

Compiled by Tom Sander

 

VIRGINIA MAPS TO COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

From PR Release dtd 19 April 2017:  "The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has acquired one of the finest collections of early Virginia-related maps ever assembled. Through a part gift/part purchase agreement, the Foundation has added more than 220 maps, charts, atlases and documents to its collection, all dating between 1540 and 1835. Collected over four decades by William C. Wooldridge of Suffolk, Virginia, the maps were until recently owned by the Virginia Cartographical Society, a private, Norfolk, Virginia-based consortium. The addition of the Wooldridge Collection gives Colonial Williamsburg the most comprehensive assemblage of Virginia maps outside of the Library of Congress. These objects will be displayed in multiple future exhibitions at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and will be made available this spring through the Foundation’s online database at www.history.org/museums."  Bill Wooldridge is a long-time member of Washington Map Society and the author of "Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War", reviewed in The Portolan Issue 86 (Spring 2013).

VISIT TO MALTA MAP SOCIETY

Your Portolan Editor Tom Sander had the opportunity in June 2017 to spend a week on the very historic islands of Malta and Gozo.  If you do not know where that is, Google it.  In addition to visiting many fascinating sites, some extending back 7,000 years, he had the opportunity to ‘connect’ with some officers of the Malta Map Society, a relatively new, but very active group of map aficionados.   Meetings are frequent, and very scholarly publications are numerous.  Readers of The Portolan have seen the many reviews of these books and the Society’s new journal, plus are kept informed of some of the group’s events.  A special visit was arranged with the Society’s founder Dr. Albert Ganado at his residence.  There were not only numerous maps to be seen (those not yet in the hands of the Government of Malta due to his donation of these unique artifacts), but also his ‘inner sanctum’ where Albert researches often until 2am, learning more about the maps and history of the island group.  After this visit, Tom and several Society officers proceeded to the Casino Maltese for continued discussion (over drinks) about map societies and our mutual love of maps.  My thanks to Dr. Ganado (President), Ivan Fsadni (VP), Joseph Schirò (Secretary), and Rod Lyon (Press Officer) for their warm hospitality. (They are all WMS members!)

PORTOLAN ARTICLE – NOW IN VIETNAMESE

The Vietnamese journal Review of Danang’s Socio-Economic Development (number 88, April 2017) contains a Vietnamese translation of Hal Meinheit’s article The Bishop’s Map - Vietnamese and Western Cartography Converge that appeared in The Portolan’s issue 97 (Winter 2016).  Scholars in Vietnam immediately recognized the excellent scholarship of the article and secured this journal’s permission to translate and reprint it.      

PERSUASIVE CARTOGRAPHY

Readers will remember the donation of WMS member PJ Mode’s persuasive cartography collection to Cornell University and his work with Cornell to place the maps online; see The Portolan’s issue 94 (Winter 2015), pages 81-82.  Those present will remember PJ’s presentation on this subject to the Society on November 17, 2016. To update readers:  Some 500 maps were added to https://persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/  as of April 2017, more than doubling the number on line. (If you want to review only the new additions, click on Browse Collection > Browse by Date Posted.) Cornell has implemented a much-improved image browser with a very robust search function. And if you're interested in seeing a slide show of a talk PJ gave on this subject, click on About > Video Presentation.

THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

The Osher Map Library at the Smith Center for Cartographic Education (University of Southern Maine) recently had a fascinating exhibition called The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities. As is customary at the Osher, this exhibit and all past exhibits are viewable on the web indefinitely.  If you have not seen one of these exceptionally done web exhibits, visit www.oshermaps.org/exhibitions/arctic-exploration to see the current one.

OSHER LIBRARY – MAPS MORE ACCESSIBLE

Digital history company HistoryIT and the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (OML) at the University of Southern Maine on April 10, 2017 unveiled a new website www.oshermaps.org/ designed to make the map library’s world-renowned collection accessible to a vast and still-untapped online audience.  HistoryIT created cutting edge enhanced metadata for a representative sample of 1,000 of the OML’s more than 1.5 million items. HistoryIT and OML will continue to expand the accessibility of the collection over the next few years, as part of OML’s ongoing digitization efforts.

LATIN AMERICA MAPS ONLINE

For a digitized archive of historical maps of Latin America from 1525 to 1850, see

http://digital.iai.spk-berlin.de/viewer/collections/historische-karten/

'LAFRERI' ATLASES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The National Maritime Museum's two 'Lafreri' atlases have been fully digitized and are now available to view online.
One with 107 maps dated between 1542 and 1565: http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/569455.html
One with 67 maps dated between 1546 and 1567: http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/1096113.html

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND

The National Library of Scotland’s July 2017 issue of Cairt: Newsletter of the Scottish Maps Forum is available as a PDF (1.3Mb) at http://www.nls.uk/media/1499580/cairt31.pdf

The main news items cover new online maps, a new online search interface, recent and forthcoming map publications, two competitions, recent research dating a Pont map, news of a significant recent map collection acquisition, and details of the Library’s new Maps Reading Room.   From January to July, an additional 25,000 maps have been put online, taking the Library’s online total to over 194,000 maps.

LEVENTHAL MAP CENTER – MAJOR WEBSITE REDESIGN

In July 2017, the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library announced the launch of its redesigned website, complete with mobile-friendly digital collections and exhibitions, georeferencing capabilities, and interactive educational tools.  Visit www.leventhalmap.org  to explore the cartographic materials, including 8,000 maps.

LAMPEDUSA

This Italian island very close to Africa has in recent years been a European destination of many migrants from the Middle East and Africa.  In case you visit there and want to talk maps, be aware that this island of only 5,000 has an active society that studies history, maps and cartography; the group even has a website www.archiviostoricolampedusa.it (in Italian only). Lampedusa is the principal one of the Pelagian Archipelago, the others Linosa (500 residents) and Lampione (uninhabited).  I am told the food is excellent, the people very kind, and one of its beaches is rated ‘most beautiful’ in the world.

MARY MURPHY CELEBRATES 100

Mary Murphy, a retired librarian, spent her professional life of thirty-six years working in a variety of positions within the Army Map Service and later Army Topographic Command and the Defense Mapping Agency; she was the Editor of the Special Librarians Association (S.L.A.), Geography and Map Division, Bulletin for many years. After her retirement in 1980, Mary became an author and speaker in the field of map librarianship. A past WMS member, she was honored at the 108th Annual Conference of the SLA on June 18, 2017. Several persons spoke on "Mary Murphy at 100 and the Evolution of Map Cataloging,"

PASSING OF MARCIA KANNER 

WMS member Marcia Kanner, map enthusiast and co-Founder of the HistoryMiami International Map Fair, died on June 8, 2017 at age 82.  For a fine story of her life and contributions, see www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article155428019.html .

PASSING OF GUNNAR THOMPSON
Dr. Thompson’s article Newfoundland’s “ ‘Circle Island Group:’ Gateway to Legendary Fortunes in Early North Atlantic Commerce and the Northwest Passage” appeared in this journal’s Winter 2016 issue (#97).  Dr. Thompson died on May 7, 2017.  He was known for his passionate research into early discoveries primarily in North America. His 2012 book Viking America was reviewed in this journal’s Fall 2013 issue (#87).  For more about his life and work, see http://marcopoloinseattle.com/wp/ .

COOK AT 250

The conference COOK AT 250, to be held September 7-9, 2020 in Sydney, will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Cook's discovery of the east coast of Australia with a Historic Cartography meeting that will attract attention across the spectrum of bodies representing interest in the discipline. Primary sponsor Maggie Patton of the State Library of New South Wales has booked the Library’s facilities for September 7-9; the library has an extensive collection of Pacific material. The major exhibition related to Cook will be held over at the Library for the conference.  There will likely be a post conference trip to Canberra with a visit to the National Library of Australia’s wonderful collection.

 

Issue 98

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

SPRING 2017

Compiled by Tom Sander

CORRECTION TO ROMER ARTICLE

Several errors appeared in the article about Eugeniuz Romer which appeared in issue 96 (Fall 2016) of this journal. (1) Romer would have been 45-46 at the time of publishing not 26. It seems 1891 not 1871 was used as DOB by mistake. (2) Bowman was 41 not 35 (35 was his age for another important leadership role). (3) Lastly, Neil Smith was incorrectly quoted when the article said Smith called Bowman "Wilson's cartographer;” actually Smith called Bowman Wilson's geographer.

AMERIGO VESPUCCI AND MARTIN WALDSEEMÜLLER’S 1507 WORLD MAP

www.museogalileo.it/en/explore/exhibitions/virtualexhibitions/ewaldseemuller.htmlA Land Beyond the Stars: Amerigo Vespucci and Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 World Map, is the website created by the Museo Galileo, in Florence and the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. The website highlights Waldseemüller’s cartography and the science of his times and includes more than eleven hours of interactive video and digital humanities applications surrounding the history of the exploration and navigation of the New World.  This amazing interactive website and the early modern science and cartography collections at the Library of Congress.  John Hessler, FRGS, Curator, Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC,  calls it “digital humanities at its best.”

MALTA MAP SOCIETY JOURNAL – ISSUE 2

The second issue of this journal was published in January 2017.  Sent free to members of the MMS, Issue 1 was published in November 2015 and reviewed in the Spring 2016 issue (#95) of The Portolan.  This second issue will include the following:  A Strange View of Malta by Rod Lyon; The description of an unknown map of Malta by André Thevet extant at the Bibliothéque Nationale in France by Albert Ganado; The de Valette portrait by Matthias Zündt by Joseph Schirò,  an unknown Blaeu Mortier state of the Valletta map by Claude Micallef Attard and Joseph Schirò; and From outcrops to maps: the birth of geological maps of the Maltese Islands in the 19th century – Part 1 by Ritienne Gauci and John A. Schembri.

MALTA MAPS – IN THE AIR

The article “Malta’s Exceptional Cartographical History” appeared in the November 2016 edition of Air Malta’s in-flight magazine IL-BIZZILLA. Written by Malta Map Society’s Rod Lyon (also a WMS member), the article notes there are two reasons antique maps of Malta are more numerous and more attractive than those of other Mediterranean islands: the first was the 1530 gifting of the islands to the Knights of St. John.  To learn the second reason and to learn more about maps of Malta and the Malta Map Society, read the article in its entirety at https://issuu.com/bizzilla/docs/47_nov_16_web_version/6?ff=true&e=11399628/40122847 on pages 96-97.

PHILIPPINE MAP COLLECTORS SOCIETY

PHIMCOS, conceived in 2007, meets quarterly, always on a Wednesday, and for 2017 the dates have been set as 22 Feb., 24 May, 25 Aug. and 15 Nov.  The society has held exhibits, has a website  http://www.phimcos.org and also a new journal – The Murillo Bulletin, the three issues of which have been published.   If you have an interest in The Philippines and its surrounding region, do go to the website noted to learn more about this active society.   If any WMS member should find themselves in Manila on any of those dates, please contact Peter Geldart pcgeldart@gmail.com  to join in at the meeting as a guest.

PASSING OF RUTH KANTER

Ruth Kanter, spouse of WMS Charter Member Herschel Kanter, died May 11, 2016.  Born April 13, 1928, Ruth was for many years a very frequent attendee at WMS meetings along with her husband.  Our condolences to Herschel.

GALVANI RARE MAPS COLLECTION

Mary Pedley, Map Division, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan, advises that the Oregon State University has completed the organization and inventory of the Galvani Rare Maps Collection, which comprises more than 1,000 rare maps spanning antiquity to the 20th century, of various regions of the globe.  The majority of the maps are not in English.  Here are a few links for information about the collection:

http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2016/jul/rare-maps-collection-now-available-oregon-state-university

http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/findingaids/?p=collections/findingaid&id=2110

http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/findingaids/?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=5901

SANBORN MAPS ONLINE                                                                                                                                                                              In the September/October 2016 issue of the Library of Congress magazine LC, there was an article about the LC effort to digitize their entire collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. According to the article, by year’s end, more than 100,000 maps published before 1900 will be available online. Over the next three years, an additional 400,000 public-domain maps will be added.  Link to the Sanborn maps collection: https://www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/     Thanks to Francis Herbert for pointing out this item.

LONDON’S ENTIRE HISTORY TO BE MAPPED

Layers of London is a huge, multi-partner project with a rather ambitious aim: to map London's history. The British Library, London Metropolitan Archives, Historic England, The National Archives and Museum of London Archaeology are all involved. The plan is to link up all their data on a website and mobile app: then the public can access the info and delve into many different layers of London's history, from the Romans to the present day.  The project will in part be funded by the lottery.  The people behind the venture, the Institute of Historical Research (part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study) hope the site will act as a hub for new and existing heritage projects across the city.  Work started in Barking and Dagenham in May 2016.  See http://londonist.com/2016/01/layers-of-london-londons-new-mapping-project .

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PUTTING MANY MAPS ONLINE

Soon, thousands of maps from the Library of Congress’ collection will be free to gaze at online. Thanks to a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America, about 5,000 rare and historic maps will soon be easily accessible in a news digital catalogue.  Read more: www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-putting-its-map-collection-on-the-map-180961380/#j6TFXsJZFwYRYxeO.99

CIA CELEBRATING ITS CARTOGRAPHY DIVISION’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY BY SHARING DECLASSIFIED MAPS

Decades of once-secret maps are now freely available online.  Read more at: www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-celebrating-its-cartography-divisions-75th-anniversary-declassified-maps-180961419/#gOJZX7dVRsvMtruV.99


Issue 97

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

WINTER 2016

Compiled by Tom Sander

MAKING THE MODERN MAP – LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress Magazine LCM (www.loc.gov/lcm/) devoted nearly its entire September/October 2016 issue (Vol 5, No 5) to maps, especially treasures from the Library’s own collection. Featured articles range from Mapping the New World, Mapping the Imaginary to Making the Modern Map.  A PDF of this entire issue is available for downloading or viewing free at www.loc.gov/lcm/pdf/LCM_2016_0910.pdf   .

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCKY MOUNTAIN MAP SOCIETY

The RMMS (www.rmmaps.org/), based in Denver, this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.  A small group of dedicated map enthusiasts has grown the organization to one of the most active in the country, a group that has hosted meetings of the International Map Collectors’ Society and the Society for the History of Discoveries, has teamed with other map societies in holding joint programs, and one that on its own has hosted important national-caliber conferences.  From the Washington Map Society (to which many RMMS members belong), congratulations and continued success!

LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA ADDS TWO MAP EXHIBITIONS TO GOOGLE GALLERIES

From the Library of Virginia E-Newsletter of July 2016: “This year the Library of Virginia has posted two map exhibitions in Google Cultural Institute, recently renamed Google Arts & Culture, www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/library-of-virginia. An exhibition of select maps and charts from the Alan M. Voorhees Map Collection, Geographia, is divided into four sections that include an introduction and a present-day map that georeferences the area of focus. The sections are titled: 'Early Views of Europe and the World," "Early European Views of America," "British and French Claims of North America," and "Maps of Virginia, Colonial to 19th Century." As viewers visit the Geographia gallery they can read captions about each map and study a particular section by using the built-in zoom features. The exhibition includes short biographies of famous explorers like Ferdinand Magellan and Amerigo Vespucci.                              An exhibition called Washington complements the Library's 2016 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography. Held this past April, the lecture focused on the District of Columbia, which at one time included the city of Alexandria. This exhibition explores the evolution of the District through the Civil War as told through manuscript and printed maps and is divided into three sections: "Alexandria in the District," "Washington City in the District," and "The District after 1846." Viewers can research maps of the city and find views of the Capitol, vignettes of the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian, and a printed engraving of the Washington family. Short video clips examine the construction of the Capitol building and the Washington Monument, as well as the life of George Washington.” Text by WMS member Cassandra Britt Farrell, LVA Collections Access and Management Services.

GLOBES AT THE BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE

Catherine Hoffman of the BnF reports that 55 globes from the BnF collection have been digitized in 3D. It is the first time so many globes are digitized in volume, and with such details : the precise shape of each object has been scanned, and combined with a high definition texture.

These globes can be accessed on Gallica, the BnF digital library, via dedicated pages. It is possible to navigate the globes

-        by theme(terrestrial, celestial, metallic globes),

-        by century,

-        by geographical origin.

Once you’ve selected the globe you wish to see, clicking the « 3D » button launches the viewer. The digitized item can be rotated in all directions, and zoomed in to discern details not easily seen on the original globe.

The Maps and plans department of the BnF keeps one of the world’s main ancient globes collections : more than 100 terrestrial and celestial globes, dating from the 11th to the 19th century, coming from European or Islamic countries. Among them, unique items from the 16th century, hand-written or etched on metal, exemplify the Great Discoveries era, like Waldseemüller’s 'Green globe', the 1535 'Wooden globe' or the 'Globe of Rouen' (2nd half of the 16th century). The Dutch Golden Age is also present, with globes from Blaeu, Hondius or Van Langren. The 18th century pieces show more numerous globe-makers in France (Delisle, Bion, Delure, Baradelle, Nollet, Robert de Vaugondy, etc.) and across Europe, like Doppelmayr, Senex, Adams.The digitized selection also includes some items of the 19thcentury production (Delamarche, Dien, Thury, Kiepert, etc.) up until a remarkable 1896 Moon globe by Flammarion.  See http://gallica.bnf.fr/services/engine/search/sru?operation=searchRetrieve&version=1.2&startRecord=0&maximumRecords=50&page=1&query=%28gallica%20adj%20%22num%C3%A9ris%C3%A9%20en%203D%22%29%20and%20dc.type%20all%20%22carte%22%20sortby%20dc.date%2Fsort.ascending

SYLVIA IOANNOU FOUNDATION, ATHENS
The following books are digitized and published online on www.sylviaioannoufoundation.org (click on Digital Library section) and www.sylviaioannoufoundation.org/digital-library.html (Questions may be sent to Sinfo@sylviaioannoufoundation.org) :

- ca. 1575        [CAMOCIO, GiovanFrancesco (fl. 1552-1575)] - Isole famose…

- ca. 1670        [FRANCO, Giacomo (ca. 1550-1620)] - Viaggio Da Venetia, A Costantinopoli…

-3371               [ROSSI, Giovanni Giacomo de (1627-1691)] - Collection of engraved plates illustrating the wars of the Austrians and the Venetians against the Turks

-1721               AVEYRO, Pantaleam d’ (fl. 1560-1570) - Itinerario Da Terra Santa…

-1572               BALDINI, Vittorio (15..-1618) - Cinque Canti Della Memorabil Guerra…

- ca. 1485        BARTOLOMMEO, dalli Sonetti (fl. 1470-1500) - Al Divo Cinquecento cinque e diece…

-1871               BESANT, Walter (1836-1901), and Edward Henry PALMER (1840-1882) - Jerusalem, The City Of Herod And Saladin...

-1658               BOSCHINI, Marco (1613-1678) - Arcipelago Con tutte le Isole…

-1641               CLUVERIUS [=Cluver, Klüwer], Philipp (1580-1622) - Introductio In Universam Geographiam…

-1756               EPHRAIM, Hierodidaskalos, later Patriarch of Jerusalem, editor (ca. 1713-1771) - Τυπικὴ Διάταξις... τῆς... Μονῆς... Μαχαιράδος…

-1580               FERRETTI, Francesco Annibale (ca. 1523-ca. 1593) - Diporti Notturni…

-1587               FOGLIETTA, Uberto (1518-1581) - De Sacro Foedere In Selimum Libri Quattuor…

-1685               GRAZIANI, Antonio Maria (1537-1611) - Histoire De La Guerre De Chypre…

-1608               HARANT, Kristof (1564-1621) - Putowanj/ aneb Cesta z Kralowstwj Cžeského do Města Benátek…

- ca. 1790        MOLL, Herman (?1654-1732) - Geographia Classica…

-1568               NICOLAY, Nicolas de (1517-1583) - Navigations Et Peregrinations Orientales…

-1827               PARUTA, Paolo (1540-1598) - Storia Della Guerra Di Cipro…

-1482               PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (fl. 2nd c. A.D.) - Cosmographia…

-1535               PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (fl. 2nd c. A.D.), and Michael SERVETUS, editor (1511-1553) - Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo...

-1605               PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (fl. 2nd c. A.D.), and Petrus MONTANUS, editor (1560-1625) - Geographiae Libri Octo…

- ca. 1670        SELLER, John (1632-1697) - Scripture Geography…

- ca. 1828        STACKELBERG, Otto Magnus von (1787-1837) - Costumes & Usages des Peuples de la Grèce Moderne…

-1554               THEVET, André (1502/1516-1590) - Cosmographie De Levant...

 

Visit www.sylviaioannoufoundation.org/digital-library.html


Issue 96

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

FALL 2016

Compiled by Tom Sander

REMEMBERING CAROL WELCH

A full life ended too soon with the passing of WMS member Carol Welch (Dec 14, 1944 – March 17, 2016).  For Carol, and surviving husband Cal, map collecting was a grand opportunity to explore the world and rendezvous with friends.  Equally rich was life at home.  Carol was an involved leader with the First Reformed Church and a range of civic endeavors in her birthplace, Schenectady, NY.  An active outdoorswoman, she skied, boated, and raised champion hunting dogs.  She carried a professional career to retirement as a special education teacher.  All this while raising two children, Caroline and Christopher (Erica).    Fittingly, her favorite map was the Leo Belgicus, rising to meet the world.  Even in death she made an impact, donating her body to Albany Medical College.

CORRECTION - TONY NICHOLLS

The author deeply regrets incorrectly reporting the name of the provider of information for the article, “GPS 1.0 beta, AKA Britannia Depicta…(or, Travel Commentary in Strip Maps)”  on pages 46-40 of Portolan issue 85 (Winter 2012).   The source’s correct name (page 49, column 2, third paragraph) should have been Tony Nicholls, www.pastpages.co.uk/ .

A HISTORY OF THE MAP TRADE – one dealer’s view

As Jonathan Potter, a WMS member and map dealer said : This is a personal view of what continues to be a very fulfilling and enjoyable career – I have been paid to do a hobby.  Some might say this is self-indulgent, not much good for anyone except those who like out-of-date, possibly expensive, perhaps interesting pieces of paper, but if you work with maps, study or collect them, you appreciate their significance as vivid, often attractive, records of the past and as documents that merit attention. For "A Map Dealer's Reflections on the Last Forty Five Years," see  www.jpmaps.co.uk/WarburgInstituteTalk

THE MAPS OF A. J. JOHNSON – AN UPDATE

Readers of this journal will remember the three articles by Ira Lourie that have appeared on the maps of mapmaker Alvin J. Johnson: in issues 49, 83 and 91.  The U.S. Johnson Map Project (JMP) has updated its website database of the maps of the United States found in Johnson’s Family Atlases from 1860-87.  This includes both 1) the additions of newly discovered variations of the 67 U.S. maps and 2) the updating of the “Rarity Index” data based on a second year of monitoring the availability on E-bay and on map dealer websites of the each of the over 650 variations of the 67 U.S. maps.  Over the last year the JMP cataloged over 500 additional maps newly offered on E-bay. Following from the cataloging of these new maps, there have been 6 new map variations discovered and 69 map variations have had their Rarity Index status changed.  This data is now available at the JMP website: JohnsonMapProject.org . Details of the newly discovered variations and specific changes in rarity data can be obtained by sending an email request to Maps@JohnsonMapProject.org.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MAPS AT ONLINE PORTAL

Lauren Martino, Map Librarian, District of Columbia Public Library, Special Collections reports the addition of some new maps to Dig DC, the online portal to DC Public Library Special Collections. The maps are being rolled out in sets of about 50 maps. This first set covers 1768 to the Civil War.   See http://dclibrary.org/node/51804 ; contact lauren.martino@dc.gov

DAVID RUMSEY MAP CENTER

The David Rumsey Map Center, part of the Stanford University Libraries, opened on April 19, 2016.  Stanford University Libraries is pleased to announce the opening of the David Rumsey Map Center on April 19, 2016.  The David Rumsey Map Center is a unique collections-based resource designed to provide access to cartographic information in all of its forms from paper to digital. In addition to housing a large collection of rare atlases and maps, it is furnished with high-resolution screens equipped with interactive tools for engaging with the digital images.  The Center is supported by knowledgeable staff and is a flexible and rich environment for research and teaching.  The Rumsey Map Center, named for its leading donors, David and Abby Rumsey, complements the long history of working with cartographic materials in the Stanford Libraries. It combines the David Rumsey Map Collection of some 150,000 maps and their digital surrogates with other cartographic collections and materials held at Stanford, including the Oscar I. Norwich Collection of African Maps, and the Glen McLaughlin Collection of California as an Island Maps.  And by adding a rich suite of digital tools to the physical maps, the Center offers a whole that is much greater than its parts. It promises to spark new ways to display, encourage, enable, and disseminate research.

NYPL – DIGITAL COLLECTIONS – MAPS & ATLASES
More than 180,000 items in the Digital Collections of the New York Public Library are in the public domain.  That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The NYPL now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/ . For those of us who love maps, go to http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/lane/maps-atlases and http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/divisions/lionel-pincus-and-princess-firyal-map-division .

18TH-CENTURY MAPS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

The University of Chicago Map Collection has put up a new page of scanned maps, this one focusing on 18th-century maps of Central Europe. The URL is www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/maps/centraleurope18 . The page differs from other Map Collection compilations of scanned maps in that it provides access to a great deal more material; the maps are all older than those on the other pages; and the links for the moment are only to Luna (rather than to Zoomify and Luna).  In summer 2015 the Luna access was added to all the previously created pages, listed at www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/collections/maps/index.html#SCANS . Read about this at www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/maps/news.html

NEW MMS PROJECTS FOR 2016/17                                                              The Malta Map Society (MMS) has announced two new projects for 2016/17.  Firstly, the translation and publication of the only known Russian book and folding map devoted entirely to Malta and its islands.   This extremely rare book (5 copies are known) was published in St. Petersburg in 1800 by Gregory Krayevsky who had visited Malta in 1785 as a translator in the expedition of Count Paul Martinovich Skavronsky(1757-1793), the Russian Ambassador to Naples.  Secondly, the MMS has begun work on the compilation of a detailed study of the many French maps of the Maltese Islands.


Issue 95          

CARTOGRAPHIC NOTES

SPRING 2016

Compiled by Tom Sander

CORRECTION TO ISSUE 94

On page 1, Inside, the correct name of the reviewer of Der Erdglobus des Johannes Schöner von 1515 should have read: Suzanne Karr Schmidt.

PERSUASIVE CARTOGRAPHY – UPDATE

Readers of this column in this Winter 2015 issue (#94), pages 81-82, will remember the story of PJ Mode’s donation of maps depicting persuasive cartography to Cornell University.  Cornell has installed new software that notably improves the usability of the Persuasive Cartography website at https://persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/ . It is now much easier to do searches, to view the maps in high definition along with the associated Notes, and to download or print material of interest. To see this, go to Persuasive Cartography and click on Browse Collection. The software upgrade supports tablets and smartphones, but the collection is still best accessed on a desktop or laptop if possible. PJ is still working on plans to add another 400 or so maps.

PEUTINGER TABLE MAP ONLINE

The Peutinger Table map is online at http://peutinger.atlantides.org/map-a/  with editable overlay layers and variable opacity for map and layers. A great way to analyze features on the map.    

HISTORIC TOWNS TRUST – UK - OXFORD

“The Historical Map of Oxford” has been produced as part of the British Historic Towns Atlas of Oxford.  The atlas will form vol. VII of the successful series of atlases of historic British towns and is in preparation.  With expected publication date in 2017, the Oxford Atlas project seeks financial support to keep production deadlines; for information, see www.historictownsatlas.org.uk/content/oxford-atlas-project . The individual map released in January 2016 has an introduction, gazetteer of Oxford’s historic buildings and sites, and illustrations. Appears to be a good value at UK£ 8.99; see www.historictownsatlas.org.uk/content/map-historic-oxford .

MINI-LECTURES ON MAP COLLECTING

WMS members and map dealers George and Mary Ritzlin have updated the LEARN section of their website with ten videos of mini-lectures on map collecting, how maps were made, and much more.  The videos can also be seen on YouTube.  See www.ritzlin.com/learn.html

QS WORLD UNIVERSITIES RATINGS

The QS World Universities 2015/2016 list just came out.  www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings has the list of the Top 100 worldwide.  By Bert Johnson’s count, fifteen of those august institutions have one thing in common - they are Portolan subscribers. 

WMS MEMBER DIANE SCHUG-O’NEILL IN THE NEWS

The January/February 2016 issue of LCM – Library of Congress Magazine included a full page devoted to the Scanning Lab in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. A photo at the page shows Diane Schug-O’Neill digitizing a map from the collections. Many of these maps later appear on the LC’s website, made available worldwide online.  See www.loc.gov/lcm/pdf/LCM_2016_0102.pdf

WMS MEMBER RON GRIM IN THE NEWS

The Samuel de Champlain map Carte Geographique de la Nouvelle France…faict en 1612 was identified by Ron Grim, Curator at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, in an antiques publication in summer 2015.  Missing for over ten years, this map had prominent tear marks that corresponded with photographic records held at the Library.  An independent third party expert confirmed the findings.  The map has been returned and is now on display in the Leventhal Map Center.  See www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/12/04/stolen-rare-map-returned-boston-public-library/B5kgP1M8yi0fdWwxT0fY2K/story.html and www.cityofboston.gov/news/default.aspx?id=20454\

CAPE HORN – 400th ANNIVERSARY OF ITS DISCOVERY

Bert Johnson, on the WMS Facebook site, recently reported about WMS member Hans Kok delivering a map and globe-filled video presentation about Cape Horn.  Magellan was Portuguese but the Dutch won the name game by calling it after the Dutch city of the same name. The film, in Dutch, is at https://vimeo.com/151876342?ref=fb-share .

HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES OF THE LENOX GLOBE (c. 1510)

Readers of this journal will remember Dr. Stefaan Missinne’s article in Issue 87 (Fall 2013) – “A Newly Discovered Early Sixteenth-Century Globe Engraved on an Ostrich Egg: The Earliest Surviving Globe Showing the New World.”  His research generated many subsequent articles in The Portolan by commentators and scholars, and comparisons were made to the Hunt-Lenox Globe at the New York Public Library, The below interesting development was announced by Chet Van Duzer, a member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Mississippi.  “In January of 2015 together with my colleagues Gregory Heyworth of the University of Mississippi, and Ken Boydston of MegaVision, I participated in a project to image the Hunt-Lenox Globe of c. 1510 at the New York Public Library. The three of us are members of the Lazarus Project, which brings advanced imaging to cultural institutions all over the world www.lazarusprojectimaging.com/ . The imaging of the globe was generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and was coordinated at the NYPL by Matt Knutzen, then Geospatial Librarian, and Michael Inman, Curator of Rare Books, to which division the globe belongs.  The ultimate goal of the project is the generation of a very accurate and high-resolution 3D digital model of the globe, which will permit users to rotate and zoom in on the digital facsimile however he or she chooses, to study even the smallest detail. The 3D model, which will soon be released by the NYPL, was created by David Kelbe (Rochester Institute of Technology) using a mathematical technique called Structure from Motion. In the meantime, the NYPL has released high-resolution 2D images of the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe projected onto a plane, which we generated as part of this project. Here are the links:

Northern hemisphere:

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/16891d60-66fc-0133-fbd6-00505686a51c

Southern hemisphere:

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/f7a0eb50-66fb-0133-9c56-00505686a51c

On both of these pages one can zoom in on the globe to a certain extent, but by clicking on “Original” in the “Download Options,” one can access – for free – a 300 MB jpg of each hemisphere, and by clicking on “All Download Options” and then “High Res (TIF format)” one can access a very high-resolution TIF image of each hemisphere (the TIF files are very large). With these images one can examine the globe in great detail.  In the past, the globe’s status as one of the NYPL’s treasures has meant that access to it was restricted, and the available images of the globe were less than satisfactory. It was a pleasure working with the NYPL on this project, and we hope that these images will help scholars address current questions about the globe, and also inspire new ones.”

HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY – CELEBRATED BY NEH

For its 50th anniversary, the National Endowment to the Humanities (NEH) is highlighting select projects they have supported that “have enriched and shaped American lives.’ The History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin has been honored to be included in this prestigious group.  Grants totaling $5,178,782 from NEH have provided invaluable backing for four volumes of its epochal reference compendium - The History of Cartography. Many private and organizational donors have given private gifts which in turn release NEH matching funds.  See more at: http://50.neh.gov/projects/history-of-cartography#sthash.GcaVPi1e.dpuf

MAP BLOG – LIRARY OF CONGRESS

Did you know that the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress has an active blog about maps?   Titled “Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at the Library of Congress”, and found at http://blogs.loc.gov/maps/ , its goal is to reveal the world of geography by exploring the past, present, and future of maps and mapping.

UPPDATE TO THE MAPPING OF NORTH AMERICA

Many readers will be familiar with or own one or both volumes of Philip Burden’s ‘The Mapping of North America’.  Revisions and additions are frequently posted to a website so the books (1996 & 2007) are constantly up-to-date.  The latest updated version of the Addenda for both volumes of ‘The Mapping of North America’ is now online and free to download. This makes the latest information from the last two years available. It can be found at www.caburden.com/index.php.


Issue 94

CARTOGRAPHIC NOTES

WINTER 2015

Compiled by Tom Sander

PERSUASIVE CARTOGRAPHY

WMS member P.J. Mode has been working with Cornell University for some time to put up a web site for his collection of "persuasive cartography." You know, such as comic maps with political allegory.  Part of the collection is now at http://persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/ .  The web site offers background and information about persuasive cartography in general and links to some 300 maps, with high-resolution images and descriptive notes for each map. One of the maps is at page 82 of the Winter 2015 issue of The Portolan.  The maps can be browsed easily by subject or date range or searched by key word. P.J. continues to work with Cornell, and a future addition of another 200-400 maps is in the works.

A few words of explanation:

  • The site uses an image browser called Artstor Shared Shelf. If you haven't used it before, look at the brief "Image Browser Tips" (under "Browse Collection") before you start to browse. P.J. recommends beginning by using "Browse By Subject."
  • The best way to view a single map on Shared Shelf is to double click on the thumbnail; it will enlarge to fill the window. Then click on the information icon "i" below the map; this will display a slightly smaller copy of the map with the Collector's Notes and all descriptive data below it. Other icons allow you to enlarge the image, print, or download a copy.
  • For use of the web site on mobile devices, see the explanation under Image Browser Tips.

P.J. welcomes suggestions, feedback and corrections to both the web site content and the descriptions accompanying the images, particularly his Collector's Notes. Contact him at pj@pjmode.com

ICHC ABSTRACTS

For those not able to attend ICHC Antwerp, the abstracts of the papers are at the following link: www.felixarchief.be/Docs/Stad/Bedrijven/Zelfstandige_stadsdiensten/FEA/2015/Programmaboek_los.pdf .


Issue 93

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

FALL 2015

Compiled by Tom Sander

VOLUME 6, CARTOGRAPHY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

The latest volume (actually a boxed set) in the History of Cartography series was released in April 2015.  It has 1,960 pages, 805 color plates, 119 halftones, 242 line drawings, 61 tables.  ISBN 978-0-226-534695.  The volume includes more than five hundred articles accompanied by more than a thousand images. Hundreds of expert contributors provide both original research, often based on their own participation in the developments they describe, and interpretations of larger trends in cartography. The volume was designed for use by both scholars and the general public.

PAINT OVER PRINT: HAND-COLORED BOOKS AND MAPS OF THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD

Jay Lester reports that the presentations at this February 2015 conference held in Philadelphia are now available for viewing online. Two lectures have penn.edu URLs; these two lectures are best viewed with Internet Explorer on a PC, and on Apple IOS.

Opening Remarks by Lynne Farrington, Larry Tise, and Chet Van Duzer 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az4voKZ3UcE

David Bosse, Historic Deerfield

“‘To Give a Strong and Pleasing Effect’: Hand-Coloring in Historical Context”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ussih-OJ4Y

Chet Van Duzer, Independent Scholar

“Colored as its Creators Intended: 

Painted Maps in the 1513 Edition of Ptolemy’s Geography”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq0M5WPX3Do

William C. Wooldridge, Suffolk, Virginia, 

author of Mapping Virginia (UVA Press, 2012)

“Collecting Color−A View from the Trenches”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W3yiQUgiuY

Stephanie Stillo, Washington and Lee University

“Authenticity and Authorship in Early Modern Colored Maps” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb0KWw4KIcg

Michiel van Groesen, University of Amsterdam

“‘An Ocean of Rumors’: News from the Atlantic World”

https://media.sas.upenn.edu/app/public/watch.php?file_id=186525

Graham Arader, Arader Galleries, New York, NY

“Detecting Fakes and Forgeries in the Market for Hand-Colored 

Books, Maps, and Prints”

https://media.sas.upenn.edu/app/public/watch.php?file_id=186526

Michiel van Groesen, University of Amsterdam

“Theodor de Bry and Sons, Master Engravers and Printers

for the Hand-Colored Book Market” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkaIeE93UBM

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” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXQqQp6CwTg

Joan Irving, Paper Conservator, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library,

Wilmington, Delaware

“‘Not Just for Ornament’: Transparent Liquid Colors for Maps & Plans” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjelO0i0nt0

Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania

“Hand-Colored Herbals”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4DqImNj6js

Speakers’ Roundtable

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5kj4Sx_TM4

MALTA MAP SOCIETY

The MMS held its Annual General Meeting on February 28, 2015. The Society plans to publish a “Glossary of Cartographical Terms” and a hardbound scholarly study of the pre-siege (before 1565) maps of Malta. Michael Ritter, a German collector who specialises in eighteenth-century German cartographers who worked in Augsburg, met with the MMS Secretary and provided much new information about certain entries in the German Malta Map catalogue; he also provided a high resolution image of a 1798 Malta map by Johann Michael Probst, formerly unknown.  Those interested in the maps of Malta are encouraged to join, for the Society produces robust newsletters with scholarly studies of past mapping of the island.  See http://maltamapsociety.com .

NEW YORK MAP SOCIETY

The NEW URL for the New York Map Society is www.newyorkmapsociety.org

ATLASES ONLINE

A newly released website www.rare-atlases.com presents eleven pre-1800 atlases; more atlases are expected to be added in the future.  All maps are zoomable.  The host of the website is a dealer, the images are wonderful.

TWELVE MAPS

Better than GPS: a history of cartography in 12 amazing maps” is the title of an article in England’s GUARDIAN newspaper.  It looks back a 12 often familiar maps of the past in an enjoyable article.  See www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/04/gps-history-of-cartography-amazing-maps?CMP=share_btn_link

MAPPING MALARIA

On April 24, 2015 PBS Newshour in the USA aired a segment on high-tech mapping techniques that have been developed to help fight malaria: www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#142095 . There is also a link to a transcript of the video. From that transcript:  "[University of California at San Francisco Professor] Sturrock’s maps rely on data, much of it photos, that have been, and still are, collected by NASA satellites circling the globe. But that information, 40 years’ worth, has languished in government vaults in South Dakota. Now Google Earth Engine has acquired it, for free, and is working with the university and many others to put it to work. For several years, Google has been storing data, trillions of measurements, on thousands of computers that it owns. But, until recently, and, in fact, even now, using that data, making sense of it has been very difficult. Sturrock, with the power of thousands of Google’s computers at his fingertips, is combining the satellite pictures with on-the-ground information, using algorithms. ..."  Thanks to Joel Kovarsky for this note.

EARTHWORKS: STANFORD'S NEW GIS DATA DISCOVERY APPLICATION

Stanford University Libraries has introduced EarthWorks[https://earthworks.stanford.edu], its new geospatial data discovery application. EarthWorks allows you to discover and download GIS data and maps from a variety of institutions.  The software is built on top of the open-source project GeoBlacklight [http://geoblacklight.org], which adds geospatial capabilities to the widely used discovery system Project Blacklight [http://projectblacklight.org/]. GeoBlacklight is the product of an ongoing software collaboration between MIT, Princeton, and Stanford. Contributions and collaborators are most welcome!     https://github.com/geoblacklight/geoblacklight/wiki/Contributing     GeoBlacklight can be used on its own, or as part of GeoHydra, an emerging suite of tools for managing geospatial data assets within a Hydra data repository. For more information about GeoHydra, please see the interest group wiki https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Hydra+Geospatial+Interest+Group .

Metadata sharing for EarthWorks is enabled through collaboration with the OpenGeoPortal project [http://opengeoportal.org/] and the new OpenGeoMetadata initiative [https://github.com/OpenGeoMetadata/metadatarepository].  EarthWorks also uses GeoMonitor [https://geomonitor.stanford.edu/] to monitor the availability of data being provided by the network of collaborating institutions.  Questions about EarthWorks, GeoBlacklight, GeoMonitor, or how it collaborates with OpenGeoMetadata can be directed to geoblacklight-working-group@googlegroups.com  .

NUREMBERG CHRONICLE

I thought that this particular post might interest some here, particularly given the focus of the last entry on Anton Koberger: http://www.bpl.org/distinction/2015/03/17/anton-koberger-at-the-bpl/ . They also provide a link to that fully digitized German version of the Nuremberg Chronicle: https://archive.org/details/buchdercronikenv00sche .
http://www.bpl.org/distinction/  Thanks to Joel Kovarsky for this note.

Also

Although not the entire book, some ten years ago I produced an original technology new edition of the famous Nuremberg Chronicle's world map in my private workshop.  The identification of that woodcut is more than easy for anyone who could see Schedel's work: it is my edition if the big foot guy (a Sciapod) appears in the panel of the monstrous races.    Actually, all the creatures along the left margin of my world map were taken from the verso of the 1493 edition. As a special treat, instead of monsters, I printed the new edition of the world map from Schönsperger's pirated miniature edition (1496) on the verso of my large woodcut.   As now we have quite a few digital reproductions available online it is no longer a problem to have a look at the 1493 edition of the world map - and occasionally make a comparison. This note is from Dr. Zsolt Török, Cartart Workshop.

MAP MANNA

Here is a make-your-day story - stay with the video to at least 6 minutes and 30 seconds in to see the video's real visual treasures and the comment much later on the "power of maps" . . .

I think you will be joyfully surprised.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/03/los_angeles_maps_lapl_john_feathers.php

Best wishes,

Don.

Donald C. Dahmann, Ph.D.
Geographer in Independent Practice


Issue 92

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

SPRING 2015

Compiled by Tom Sander

NOW - THE GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION RESEARCH CENTER

Readers of The Portolan Issue 91 (Winter 2014) will remember the article about the recent renovation of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.  Shortly after that issue was mailed, Division Chief Ralph Ehrenberg announced that Reading Room will now be called the Geography and Map Division Research Center, explaining “This is not simply a change in name; rather the new title reflects greater purpose and increased utility for the room. For the first time, we have dedicated space for research, lectures, GIS, and rarities.  Overall, it serves to enhance our operations, as well as the experience of researchers and visitors.”

MALTA MAP SOCIETY – FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

January 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the MMS, and the WMS wishes them many more productive years. To learn more of this island and the MMS, visit www.maltamapsociety.com

MALTA - LAST PROFESSIONAL COPPER ENGRAVER

On November 26, 2014, members and friends of the Malta Map Society met in Valletta for a film and talk on the subject of copper engraving for maps.  The film presented the work of the last professional copper engraver in Germany ...Rainer Kalnbach... who was working in Hamburg on sea charts until 1960, having engraved on copper from the age of 14.  After the film Jesmond Vassallo, a young Maltese artist and engraver, showed and discussed the various printing methods used and presented examples of engraving equipment. Thanks to David Roderick Lyon for this report.

LOST A MAP LATELY?

Art Loss Register in London claims to hold the largest private database of stolen and missing art, antiques and collectibles worldwide, with over 420,000 items registered. They search auction house catalogues and private sales worldwide in order to check for stolen goods. Items registered on their database remain listed until they are recovered, which may be any number of years later. When they identify a stolen or missing object, they contact the registrant immediately and assist in returning the property to its rightful owner or finding a settlement with the current holder. Info at www.artloss.com/register/loss .  (This is for info only and does not imply endorsement by the WMS.)

 


Issue 91

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

WINTER 2014

Compiled by Tom Sander

THIS PAGE IS AT THE WMS WEBSITE FOR EASY ‘LINKING’

By popular request, this page and similar one back to the Spring 2013 issue, are now posted to the WMS website for easy linking to the websites cited below. Go to www.washmapsociety.org/CN.htm .

PAUL PEAK (1923-2014)

Paul Peak, retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer, died October 19, 2014 with his wife of 70 years, Jane, at his side.  He served 33 years in the Coast Guard including participation in World War II; he also served at the national level in The Retired Officers Association, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Clan Ross Foundation, and Palatines to America.  An active Washington Map Society member and supporter since 1990, Paul’s interests were “genealogical; 17, 18, & 19 c. Germany & British Isles; 17 & 18 c. N England & Mid-Atlantic states; 19 c. Midwest / auction sales of maps; charting coastal waters.”

WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES                                 The Washington Map Society has moved to the digital age and since 2012 has not published a print edition of the membership directory. A frequently updated membership directory is available online in the members-only section of the Society’s website at www.washmapsociety.org/ . If you have not yet registered for the members-only section of the website, see www.washmapsociety.org/WMS-Members-Only-Section.htm  for instructions about how to register. Registered members of the website can consult the current membership directory at www.washmapsociety.org/Membership-Directory.htm  . Please contact Leigh Lockwood at www.washmapsociety.org/Contact_Us.htm for questions about registering for the members-only section of the website. Please notify John Docktor at washmap@gmail.com if corrections or changes are need in your listing in the membership directory.

CORRECTION TO BOOK REVIEW – Food: an Atlas

In The Portolan Issue 90 (Fall 2014), in the third paragraph on page 66, there are two misspelled words in one name: Joshua Jolly-Shapira should be Joshua Jelly-Schapiro.

MARTELLUS AND WALDSEEMÜLLER                                                                           Ray Wolf has alerted us to an article from Wired about Chet Van Duzer’s work relating the 1491 Martellus map at Yale to the Waldseemüller 1507 map at the Library of Congress. See www.wired.com/2014/09/martellus-map/

ONLINE DIGITAL MAP COLLECTIONS

Many online digital map collections are now searchable and accessible through the OldMapsOnline portal http://project.oldmapsonline.org/collectvions . These include two collections at the British Library Map Library, the David Rumsey Collection, the Charles University in Prague, the Dutch National Archives, the Harvard Library Map Collection, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the New York Public Library, and several more.  Nearly all the institutions providing online map collections have a much larger paper map collection available at their respective institutions, but the OldMapsOnline portal will only search and provide direct linkage to the online maps.

ART GALLERY OPENING

WMS member Michael Reagan is an accomplished artist of over 35 years’ experience who specializes in artistic portrayal of maps.  His clients include dozens of America’s top magazines (e.g., National Geographic, Smithsonian) and publishers (e.g. McGraw/Hill, Little/Brown).  On 3 October 2014, a month-long show of his work opened at Gallery A, 2601 R Street, NW, Washington DC.  His works can be seen on his Profile on the WMS web site and on his personal web site (www.mapsbymikereagan.com). Thanks to Bert Johnson for providing this summary.

TRICKS AND TIPS FOR FINDING AND USING USGS TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS

www.fdlp.gov/all-newsletters/community-insights/2045-tricks-and-tips-for-finding-and-using-usgs-topographic-maps

THE US NATIONAL MAP SMALL-SCALE COLLECTION

The US Geological Survey has advised that The National Atlas (www.nationalatlas.gov) has been removed from service. See that site for more information.

MALTA MAP SOCIETY – MAPS OF MALTA

Have you noted that the WMS has been paying a lot of attention to a small island in the Mediterranean Sea – MALTA?  The reason is that a very dedicated group of map scholars there formed the Malta Map Society (MMS) and started a newsletter with excellent research content.  Further, several of the scholars have been writing prolifically about maps of Malta.  These books have been reviewed in this journal and have gotten much praise.  Our late president Howard Lange served in Malta in the US Foreign Service and saw the beginning of this work; he would be very proud of the work being does to research and present the maps of Malta to the world.  If you have any interest at all in this fascinating island, please visit www.maltamapsociety.com

HISTORIC MEETING OF TWO FAMOUS MAP COLLECTORS

            On 19 September 2014 two world-famous antique map collectors met at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta’s capital. They were 90-year-old Dr. Albert Ganado, whose Malta map collection was  exchanged with the Malta Government for his 1571 house, and 80-year-old Glen McLaughlin, whose collection of “California as an Island Maps” was recently part sold/part donated to Stanford University, California for the benefit of the general public. Both collectors took over 50 years to form their collections.

During the visit, Ganado showed McLaughlin several siege maps of Malta and explained the various states and editions which were published in connection with the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. They narrated several episodes and anecdotes on how they had acquired certain maps in their prospective collections. Then McLaughlin was shown a map of America by Jean de Beauvais published in Paris in 1788 and it was his turn to fill all those who attended the meeting with his wisdom on America in general and California in particular, and how it was the Jesuit Rev. Eusebio Kino who finally ended the myth of California as an island.

 


Issue 90

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

Fall 2014

Compiled by Tom Sander

FAREWELL MAPHIST;  WELCOME ISHMap-List                                                     Back in the old days, questions or announcements related to any aspect of cartographic history were easily broadcast far and wide via the MapHist listserv.  A few years ago, MapHist migrated away from an email listserv to an on line forum. Although well designed, the forum has failed to maintain the passion and level of discussion that existed previously in MapHist’s listserv format. An announcement was made on 19 June 2014 that the MapHist Forum will be closed and web site removed by January 2015. In an effort to recapture those qualities, the International Society for the History of the Map recently created the ISHMap-List, an email listserv open to anyone interested in cartographic history. You can sign up for this email discussion group at no charge via this web site: http://lazarus.elte.hu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/ishm.  Although membership in ISHM is not required to subscribe to ISHMap-List, you are welcome to join ISHM at http://ishm.elte.hu/?q=node/84 .

MAP HISTORY DIRECTORY (OF RESEARCHERS)                                                           This directory is an open source for contact information, current interests, research projects and publications related to map history.  The Map History Directory was created, and is hosted by, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine on behalf of Imago Mundi Ltd.  This Directory is, in effect, the tenth edition (known informally as “D10”) of a series of published directories of research contacts in the history of cartography; D9 was printed in 1998.  The ‘information age’ and digital world makes print editions virtually outdated before they are printed, thus the current Directory is digital and available online to anyone to consult.  In the directory are listed names of researchers and authorities in the history of cartography.  The list is constantly increasing.  Consult the list, and consider adding your name.  See www.maphistorydirectory.org/index.php/The_International_Directory_of_Researchers_in_Map_History .

1000 YEARS OF CHANGING BORDERS

http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

HEREFORD MAPPA MUNDI

The newly-unveiled Hereford Mappa Mundi website is at www.themappamundi.co.uk   .     As well as instruction for the unversed, it contains a fascinating array of different ways of viewing the map, even for those who think they know it inside out. 

THE EARLIEST MAPS OF MALTA FROM PTOLEMY TO THE GREAT SIEGE OF 1565

Joseph Schiro, Secretary of the Malta Map Society, has announced that the exhibition and hardback volume on this subject is now planned for October 2014.  The project is based on the groundbreaking research carried out – and still ongoing – by Dr. Albert Ganado, who is President of the Malta Map Society and this year celebrated his 90th birthday.

THE MAGELLAN MYTH – 3RD EDITION

A new third edition of The Magellan Myth:  Reflections on Columbus, Vespucci & the Waldseemueller Map of 1507 is now available. With WMS permission, the author, Peter Dickson, has included in this edition his essay “A Commentary on the Twin Lenox and Ostrich Egg Globes” that was published in the Spring 2014 issue of The PortolanIt is available at Library Shop at the Library of Congress (http://loc.gov/shop), or from the author – contact pwdbard@aol.com .

THOUSANDS OF HISTORIC MAPS RELEASED BY NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division has released more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads under a cc0 (Universal Public Domain Dedication) via maps.nypl.org .  Read more www.nypl.org/blog/2014/03/28/open-access-maps        and www.historytoday.com/blog/2014/04/thousands-historic-maps-released-new-york-public-library 

CATHERINE DELANO-SMITH RECEIVES ROYAL SCOTTISH GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY’S BARTHOLOMEW GLOBE AWARD

WMS member Dr Catherine Delano-Smith is a leading geographer and historian of cartography and has done a great deal over the course of more than thirty years to deepen and widen research in the history of cartography, within the UK and across the world, becoming a lynchpin of the cartography community.  She was on March 24, 2014 presented with the award in recognition of her contribution to the study of cartography. The Bartholomew Globe has been awarded by the RSGS since 2000.

ATLAS OF JORDAN AND THE WORLD 2013

The new edition of the Atlas of Jordan and the World 2013 has been published,  containing 140 color pages with information about Jordan (natural, economic and administrative maps), as well as geographic and astronomical information, maps of the world, continents and large natural units about the Arab land for every Arab country. In addition, there is recent statistical information about every country in the world concerning: official name, capital, area, population, currency, Independence Day and flags.  The Atlas also contains the most significant natural and geographical phenomena in the world such as: heights, seas, oceans, rivers, falls and large population gatherings. The new edition includes the national affiliation of many world islands.  This Atlas costs US$30, postage costs extra. For details, contact Yousef Al Ghalayini, Head of Public Relations Section, Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre, yousefabdel2001@yahoo.com .

NEW ORDERING PROCESS FOR HES & DE GRAAF TITLES

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CAERT-THRESOORThis Dutch journal focuses on antique maps/cartography pertinent to the Netherlands, and other places as well.  Caert-Thresoor is published mainly in Dutch, but the primary articles contain an English summary at the end of the article.  See their web site at www.caert-thresoor.nl or write to mr. G.G.J. Boink, secretary to the editorial committee of Caert-Thresoor, c/o Nationaal Archief, PO Box 90520, 2509LM The Hague, The Netherlands.

LISTING OF CONTENTS AND INDEX TO THE PORTOLAN

A full listing of the contents of all past Portolans is at the Portolan website, as is an index to those contents.  With those features you can see the wide breadth of topics that has been covered in all past issues. The lists may downloaded if you would like a paper copy. Visit http://www.washmapsociety.org/TPJ2.htm


Issue 89

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

Spring 2014

Compiled by Tom Sander

A NEW MAP HISTORY LIST SERV

Many miss the old MapHist email listserv.  A free and open discussion list was opened early in 2014, hosted by the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap). The Moderators invite you to contribute to the discussion.  By sending your messages to the list (see http://lazarus.elte.hu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/ishm), you reach the global community of historians of the map. The list is devoted to international scholarly communication regarding the history of the map. For more information visit http://ishm.elte.hu/

ICHC 2017 TO BE HELD IN BRAZIL

The 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography will be held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in July 2017. It will take place at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.. The proceedings will be in English.  This is the first time that the conference, founded in 1964, will take place outside Europe and North America.   Brazil’s selection underlines the growing importance of the history of cartography in Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking Latin America.   The 26th conference will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, 12-17 July 2015; see  www.ichc2015.be

EXPLAINING THE MERCATOR PROJECTION

Joaquim Alves Gaspar and Henrique Leitão have published an article in Imago Mundi, explaining how the Mercator projection was constructed in 1569. Here is a link to a free copy of the article: www.tandfonline.com/eprint/7f5mZ9mWJjRPGx8nMycU/full . This is the first of a series of two articles - the technical one. The second, describing the historical context, will appear in the next number of Imago Mundi, in about six months - summer 2014).

THE EARLIEST MAPS OF MALTA & DR. GANADO

The Secretary of the Malta Map Society Joseph Schiro has announced that the Earliest Maps of Malta From Ptolemy to the Great Siege of 1565 project will go ahead in 2014.  Private sponsorship has been found and the groundwork for a publication and exhibition (most probably in June) on this important subject has been completed. A fixed date for the exhibition and hardback publication will be announced in 2014.  The WMS extended its congratulations to MMS President and WMS member Dr. Albert Ganado who celebrated his 90th birthday on March 9th.

MAPPING OF AFRICA

An updated Corrigenda and Addenda for the cartobibliography, The Mapping of Africa: A Cartobibliography of Printed Maps of the African Continent to 1700 by Richard and Penelope Betz, volume 7 in the Utrechtse Historisch-Cartografische Studies is available in pdf file format may be found and printed at www.betzmaps.com/Mapping_Africa_Book.html

CAERT-THRESOOR

This Dutch journal focuses on antique maps/cartography pertinent to the Netherlands, and other places as well.  Caert-Thresoor is published mainly in Dutch, but the primary articles contain an English summary at the end of the article.  For more information, see their web site at www.caert-thresoor.nl  or write to Caert-Thresoor, Postbus 68, 2400 AB Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. 


Issue  88

CARTOGRAPIC NOTES

Winter 2013

Compiled by Tom Sander

CORRECTION TO OSTRICH EGG GLOBE ARTICLE

The Portolan’s issue 87 contained the article on the discovery of the ostrich egg globe.  Readers may wish to annotate their copies of the article with the following correction to page 17, footnote 33:  replace p. 226 with page 76, Nordenskjöld Facsimile Atlas, Reprint Version 1961.

DEATH OF RUDOLF SCHMIDT

Prof. Rudolf Schmidt (1924-2013) died on September 5, 2013.  In addition to his professional activities, Rudolf Schmidt engaged in many capacities in the economy and culture of Austria.      His love and particular interest in old globes led him in 1957 to the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes. From 1962 he played a considerable role as a member of its Board. From 1978 to 2000 he served as the society’s president and organizer and supporter of several scientific symposia, as well as editor of the scientific journal Globusfreunde (The Globe Friend). Rudolf Schmidt had one of the most important collections (over 250 items) of ancient terrestrial and celestial globes, armillary spheres and planetariums as well as lunar and planetary globes.

AVIATION CARTOGRAPHY

Ralph Ehrenberg’s essay on "Aviation Cartography", prepared several years ago for the Newberry Library, is now online at   http://atlantic.at.northwestern.edu/ingest-newberry/essay/aviation-cartography (This link has since become restricted.)

CALIFORNIA AS AN ISLAND – NOW ONLINE

The Glen McLaughlin Collection of Maps of California as an Island (donated to Stanford University) is now online at   http://lib.stanford.edu/california-as-an-island

MALTA MAP SOCIETY 2013 PROJECT POSTPONED

 Due to the many calls on the time of Dr. Albert Ganado, the 89 year old President of the Malta Map Society, the Society’s major project for 2013 – an exhibition and learned in-depth study of The Earliest Maps of Malta (pre-1565) - has had to be postponed until 2014.  The project had originally been programmed for December 2013.  Apart from his work for the Malta Map Society and the Malta Historical Society, Dr. Ganado has just completed a book about sea charts of Malta and a two-volume dictionary of painters, designers, engravers, lithographers and sculptors who produced art connected in some way to Malta.  The Earliest Maps of Malta will now take the form of an exhibition in 2014 to coincide with the publication of a hardbound volume on the subject; see Portolan issue 87, page 72 concerning pre-orders for that book.

THE LONGITUDE PROBLEM - 300-YEAR-OLD ARCHIVE OPENED TO THE WORLD

(From the Press release) It was the conundrum that baffled some of the greatest and most eccentric experts of the 18th century - and captivated the British public during an era of unprecedented scientific and technical transformation. Now, for the first time, the full story of attempts to solve the longitude problem - unravelling the lone genius myth popularized in film and literature - will be made freely available to everyone via Cambridge University’s Digital Library. Launched in July 2013, the complete archive of the Board of Longitude, held by Cambridge University Library and associated National Maritime Museum collections, will take their place alongside the works of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton on the Cambridge Digital Library site http://e.jisc.ac.uk/QHI-1PP7H-5ZWFGM-OZMZJ-1/c.aspx    Treasures of the Longitude archive, available to view in high-resolution for the first time, include accounts of bitter rivalries, wild proposals and first encounters between Europeans and Pacific peoples. This includes logbooks of Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery, the naming of Australia and even a letter from Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty, who writes to apologize for the loss of a timekeeper after his ship was ‘pirated from my command’.

CAERT-THRESOOR

This Dutch journal focuses on antique maps/cartography pertinent to the Netherlands, and other places as well.  Caert-Thresoor is published mainly in Dutch, but the primary articles contain an English summary at the end of the article.  For more information, see their web site at www.caert-thresoor.nl  or write to Caert-Thresoor, Postbus 68, 2400 AB Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. 

LISTING OF CONTENTS AND INDEX TO THE PORTOLAN

A full listing of the contents of all past Portolans is at the Portolan website, as is an index to those contents.  With those features you can see the wide breadth of topics that has been covered in all past issues. The lists may downloaded if you would like a paper copy. Visit http://www.washmapsociety.org/TPJ2.htm

 


 

Issue 87

Cartographic Notes

Fall 2013

Compiled by Thomas F. Sander

USHAPIA EXHIBIT IMAGES NOW ON OSHER MAP LIBRARY WEBSITE

Information (photographs, graphics and text) on the exhibit, Iconic America: The United States Map as a National Symbol, is available on the Osher Map Library website. Go to www.oshermaps.org/  and open "Previous Exhibitions" (under "Exhibitions) and click on "Iconic America" to see the first of 14 pages that show and describe the exhibition. The exhibit was on display at the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, in Portland, Maine, for the period September 11, 2012-February 28, 2013. Washington Map Society member John Fondersmith was guest curator for the exhibit and many of the items in the exhibit were from his collection. Fondersmith collects objects and graphics in the map shape of the United States. He calls these ushapia. These images of the exhibit will be on the website on a permanent basis.   For additional information on the exhibit, see Fondersmith's article, "The United States Map as a National Symbol" in the Winter 2012 issue of The Portolan (pages 75-77).  Mr. Fondersmith is to deliver a presentation on Iconic America: The United States Map as a National Symbol to the Washington Map Society on December 12, 2013.

RGS FORDHAM AWARD TO CATHERINE DELANO-SMITH

The Royal Geographical Society in London has awarded the Fordham prize to Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, for distinguished contributions to the field of cartography.  Dr Delano-Smith has facilitated and promoted cartography and the history of cartography across nearly five decades through her own research and teaching and, especially, her editing and seminar organisation.  Since 1994 Dr Delano-Smith has edited Imago Mundi, the only international scholarly journal in map history.  She has created, convened and chaired the ’Maps and Society' series of monthly lectures in London, now in twenty-second annual season, more than 130 meetings.  Dr Delano-Smith was instrumental in founding the Harley Trust for international fellowships in the history of cartography in 1992.  She was also recently a founding trustee for the new International Society for the History of the Map. Her own academic work, while rooted in the medieval field, has ranged to consider many other ground-breaking aspects of all periods and facets of this history of cartography.  Dr. Delano-Smith is a member of the WMS.

SELDEN MAP OF CHINA

This feature in Portolan issues 82 and 83 alerted readers to this 17th century treasure at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.  A short documentary on the Selden Map of China can now be found at www.torch.ox.ac.uk/selden-map .

EXPLOKART MOVES TO AMSTERDAM                                        The Explokart research program on the history of cartography (see www.explokart.eu) has moved from Utrecht to Amsterdam.  Starting June 2013 its new postal address is:

Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam

Bijzondere Collecties (Special Collections)

Oude Turfmarkt 129

Room SB.2.11 Explokart

1012 GC Amsterdam

The Netherlands      Tel: +31-20-5252355

PRE-ORDERS FOR COMING MALTA MAP BOOK

In view of the particular importance of their next publication – The Earliest Maps of Malta – the Malta Map Society has decided to publish the work in hardback only. Demand is expected to be high for this book and those interested in acquiring a copy are advised to register their interest with the Malta Map Society Secretary Joseph Schiro e-mail: joseph.schiro@onvol.net

THE LATEST FROM MALTA

An exhibition of the earliest maps of Malta from Ptolemy to before the Great Siege of Malta of 1565, will be held in December 2013. A catalogue and update of Dr. Albert Ganado’s ground-breaking preliminary study of this period will also be published at this time. 

DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA PARTNERS WITH DAVID RUMSEY MAP COLLECTION

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is partnering with the David Rumsey Map Collection www.davidrumsey.com to provide online access to tens of thousands of significant historical maps and images. As part of the relationship, David Rumsey will provide metadata for over 38,000 maps and images, making the entirety of his notable online collection instantly accessible via the DPLA website http://dp.la and API http://dp.la/info/developers/codex .

Rumsey began building a collection of North and South American historical maps and related cartographic materials in 1980. His collection, with more than 150,000 maps, is one of the largest private map collections in the United States. In 1995, Rumsey began the task of making his collection public by building the online David Rumsey Historical Map Collection www.davidrumsey.com .  Currently the online web site has over 38,000 high-resolution images of maps from his collection. In 2009, Rumsey committed to donating his entire collection - both physical and digital - to Stanford University, which is currently creating an all-new Map Center to house it.  Rumsey's online collection of maps is free to the public and is updated monthly. All of the online maps are searchable via the DPLA.  DPLA brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America's heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. More information is online at http://dp.la

THE DOWN SURVEY OF IRELAND

Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world. The survey sought to measure all the land to be forfeited by the Catholic Irish in order to facilitate its redistribution to Merchant Adventurers and English soldiers. Copies of these maps have survived in dozens of libraries and archives throughout Ireland and Britain, as well as in the National Library of France. This Project has brought together for the first time in over 300 years all the surviving maps, digitized them and made them available as a public online resource.  See more at http://downsurvey.tcd.ie/. Many thanks to WMS member Kieran McAuliffe for providing this information.

EARLY NORFOLK MAP DONATED TO THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Although important and expensive historic documents frequently come up for auction, institutions like the Library of Virginia (LVA) are often unable to muster the necessary funds to purchase them—or to find "angels" with the financial capability to act on their behalf. “Recently, the Library was on the receiving end of such kindness. Working with the Special Collections librarians at the College of William and Mary, Helen Elizabeth "Bee" McLeod and her husband John Goodenow "Goody" Tyler helped the Library purchase an incredibly significant colonial Virginia map at auction last summer to ensure that it remained in Virginia and accessible to the public. The original hand-drawn map of Norfolk, executed by Samuel Boush in 1762, may be the earliest plan of this Virginia port city. The Boushes owned large amounts of land in Norfolk, and Colonel Samuel Boush was the first mayor there in 1736. The Boush family was instrumental in planning the development of the borough of Norfolk, specifically in the areas where Boush Street, Church Street, and Charles Street were established. The plan descended directly through the Boush family and was on loan to the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk from 1945 to 2012. The watercolor-on-sheepskin map is currently being conserved and photographed. Once complete, digital images will be made available online and copies will be provided to the College of William and Mary to broaden accessibility to this newly acquired treasure.” (This information appeared in the LVA’s April 2013 e-newsletter.)

MAPS FOR EARLY IRISH STUDIES

www.pmoran.ie/archives/143 contains some interesting map references for those interested in early Ireland.

BRITISH HISTORIC TOWNS ATLAS

The website for the British Historic Towns Atlas ( www.historictownsatlas.org.uk ) is live.

NATIONAL LIBRARY UNVEILS TREASURE TROVE – RARE MAPS

The National Library of Australia in Canberra has unveiled a new permanent gallery showcasing some of the treasures of its collection.  The Treasures Gallery brings some of the library's valuable gems out of the vaults, with some on show for the first time.  It is an eclectic display including rare manuscripts and Captain James Cook's Endeavour journal, along with Doncker's exquisite atlas, that pre-dates Abel Tasman, showing a very different map of Australia.  See:

www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-07/national-library-treasures-gallery

/3344114?WT.mc_id=newsmail

DUTCH MAPS OF CYPRUS ONLINE

An online web exhibition ("van de beste eylanden eene", The Dutch mapping of Cyprus) of 37 Dutch maps of Cyprus has been developed at Leiden University Libraries.  High resolution of the scans makes it possible to view the maps in detail; these maps are all in the special collections of the UBL and together they give an almost complete overview of maps of Cyprus published in the Low Countries.  This exhibition shows the spatial history of Cyprus and the development in its cartographic representation from the 16th to the 18th century. Because a lot of Dutch atlases contain a map of Cyprus, it can also be seen as an example that shows the history of Dutch map production, especially the history of atlas publishing in the southern and northern Netherlands. Among the highlights in this exhibition are some unique manuscript charts from the Amsterdam publishing house Van Keulen, of which probably only one copy was made.  See www.bibliotheek.leidenuniv.nl/nieuws/nederlandse-kaarten-van-cyprus-online.html

MATTHEW PICTON’S MAP SCULPTURE

For Matthew Picton’s Map Sculptures of Cities Made of Books about the City see www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/12/09/matthew-picton-maps-cities/    Thanks to Kieran McAuliffe for providing this.

CAPTURED NAZI MAPS

R. Lee Hadden authored an article about The Heringen Collection of The US Geological Survey Library, Reston, Virginia. Originally published as "The Heringen Collection of the US Geological Survey Library, Reston, Virginia."  In Earth Science History, Volume 27 (2), 2008 (ISSN: 0736-623X) (Pages 242-265), it can be read online at  www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf&AD=ADA496551

(cut and paste this URL into your browser)

 ABSTRACT: “A special collection of German, Polish, and Russian language books, maps and reports in the US Geological Survey Library has an interesting and unusual history. The so-called 'Heringen Collection' came from Nazi Germany. Many of these items were captured from libraries, offices and even private homes as the German Army advanced into neighboring countries. In the last days of the war, these maps, reports, photos and other records were sent from the Military Geology offices in Berlin to the safety of a deep potash mineshaft in Heringen (Werra), in Hessen, Germany. A group of US Army soldiers found these lost records of the Third Reich. When removed from the Heringen mine, those records that dealt with the earth sciences, terrain analysis, military geology and other geological matters were sent to the USGS, and eventually came to reside at the USGS Library. The printed papers and books were mostly incorporated into the main collection, but a portion of the materials have never been cataloged, calendared or indexed. These materials have many current uses, including projects of value to citizens in their nations of origin.”

CAERT-THRESOOR

This Dutch journal focuses on antique maps/cartography pertinent to the Netherlands, and other places as well.  Caert-Thresoor is published mainly in Dutch, but the primary articles contain an English summary at the end of the article.  For more information, see their web site at www.caert-thresoor.nl  or write to Caert-Thresoor, Postbus 68, 2400 AB Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. 

LISTING OF CONTENTS AND INDEX TO THE PORTOLAN

A full listing of the contents of all past Portolans is at the Portolan website, as is an index to those contents.  With those features you can see the wide breadth of topics that has been covered in all past issues. The lists may downloaded if you would like a paper copy. Visit http://www.washmapsociety.org/TPJ2.htm


Issue 86

Cartographic Notes

Spring 2013

Compiled by Thomas F. Sander

CORRECTIONS TO BOOK REVIEW – WASHINGTON SKETCHBOOK

The review of A Washington Sketchbook (Issue 85, Winter 2012, pages 64-66) had a few errors.  First, the book’s author is Gail Dickersin Spilsbury, and her name appeared incorrectly as Dickerson (page 64, end of 1st column).  Second, the correct last name spelling is Frederick Law Olmsted, not Olmstead (a common oversight), on page 64, end of first column and continuing onto second column.  Finally, the book was not funded by a grant from the C&O Canal Trust. The list of funders is on a page at the beginning of the book--preservation groups and individuals. The Trust was Spilsbury’s "fiscal sponsor"--they took in the grant money and paid the printing bill with it.  We regret the errors.

DATABASE SPOTLIGHT: HISTORIC MAP WORKS LIBRARY EDITION ProQuest’s Historic Map Works is an exciting new addition to the Library of Virginia’s online collections. The database provides access to more than 1.5 million U.S. cadastral (land ownership) maps with extensive coverage of cities and towns, as well as rural and suburban areas from the late 1700s to the present day. It also includes more than 100,000 antiquarian maps from the University of Southern Maine's Osher Map Library and dated from the 15th to the 19th centuries.  A portion of the collection consists of geocoded maps, which can be searched by address or latitude and longitude coordinates, and overlaid with present-day Google map images, allowing users to see changes that have occurred in specific locations over decades or centuries. One can view a 1777 map of Philadelphia and then use an onscreen slider bar to partially or completely overlay a present-day map of the same location.  High-resolution digital scanning clearly reproduces even the smallest features, including street and property names, plat dimensions, and structural details. Users can see image previews, zoom in and out, and crop and save images. The database is updated monthly with additional map images, directories, and illustrations.  This database can be used to uncover clues about historical structures, property boundaries, landownership, and much more. A Library of Virginia library card is the key to exploring this wonderful resource; a card can be obtained during a visit to the Library in Richmond.    (Edited from an article in the Library of Virginia E-Newsletter January 2013–submitted by Lisa Wehrmann, Public Services and Outreach)

US HIGHWAY ROUTES, IN SUBWAY MAP FORMAT

Looking at subway maps of different cities – London, Washington DC, etc – is always interesting, to see how different graphic designers have made them easily readable for resident and tourist alike.  Such a map has now been produced using various US (not Interstate) routes in the USA.  For a bit of fun, and education, see
http://journal.drawar.com/d/us-routes-as-a-subway-map/   Thanks to Kieran McAuliffe for suggesting this item. (ED: This site is no longer active.)

MAPPING AND ANTIQUITIES IN SCOTLAND

A special issue of the Scottish Geographical Journal, vol. 127(2), brings together papers presented at the Scottish Maps Forum's "Mapping and Antiquities in Scotland" seminar held in November 2009.  This Special Issue of the SGJ (as well as individual papers) can be obtained from the publishers (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsgj20/127/2). The volume is also available at a special rate of £15 to Cairt subscribers - please contact maps@nls.uk for further info.

UPDATE TO BURDEN”S MAPPING OF NORTH AMERICA    Philip Burden has posted to his website a completely new update to his book ‘The Mapping of North America’. There are several pages of new information and illustrated new entries all of which have come to light in recent years. This is free to download. It is entitled ‘Corrigenda and Addenda’ and can be found below the link to the book on http://caburden.com/book.htm .

BROCKTORFF EXHIBITION IN MALTA

On Friday November 30, 2012, the President Emeritus of Malta, Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, officially opened the Malta Map Society’s “Brocktorff Mapmakers” exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta. The exhibition ran until January 6, 2013.  Dr. Bonnici was introduced by Dr. Albert Ganado, President of the MMS, who said that the exhibition had taken a year to prepare and had proved to be a voyage of discovery, revealing the amazing extent of the Brocktorff family’s cartographical, artistic and lithographic work. Through careful research it had been possible to establish the hitherto unknown place and date of birth of the founder of this mapmaking dynasty: Baron Charles Frederich Von Brocktorff (born Kiel, Germany on 11th June 1781 – died Valletta 16th May1850). It had also been possible to date some of the picture maps thanks to a gibbet of pirates about whose demise a lot of facts were known. The prodigious output of the Brocktorffs became apparent and dating the items was sometimes problematic. As usual, variants of maps were discovered and even atlases in the Ethiopian, Arabic and Turkish languages. An unusual map (by Luigi Brocktorff) displayed was that of Graham Island, a large volcanic island that suddenly appeared in 1831 between Malta and Sicily. Several nations laid claim to it and placed their flags there, but before the matter could be settled the island disappeared beneath the sea.  In his opening address Dr. Bonnici thanked Dr. Ganado for his outstanding work in revealing the fascination of Malta’s antique maps and added some information about the hanged pirates who had so conveniently helped to date some of the exhibits.  He revealed that it was with their case in 1821 that the trial by jury system had been introduced into Malta.  Thanks to WMS and MMS member Rod Lyon for this report.  The catalog of this exhibition will be reviewed in a future issue of The Portolan

MALTA MAP SOCIETY IN 2013

The big MMS project for 2013 will be the updating and improvement of Albert Ganado’s The Pre-Siege Maps of Malta. The important 1551 Lafreri map (with this article) Mount Scibberas (the Valetta peninsula) before Malta’s capital city was built in 1565. Apart from this interesting feature the map shows venomous snakes leaving the island after they were banned by St. Paul!

CAERT-THRESOOR  - NEW URL

This Dutch journal focuses on antique maps/cartography pertinent to the Netherlands, and other places as well.  Caert-Thresoor is published mainly in Dutch, but the primary articles contain an English summary at the end of the article.  For more information, see their web site at www.caert-thresoor.nl  or write to Caert-Thresoor, Postbus 68, 2400 AB Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands.