Latitudes March 2020

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Map Society


March 2020


A representation of spring from Gerard Valck's baroque-style double-hemisphere map, Mappe-Monde Geo-Hydrographique, ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre et Aquatique en Deux-Plans-Hemispheres..., published 1686.




Location: Washington Naval Lodge; 330 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington DC 20003 (See directly below for instructions on how to find this new location)

"Vacationing in Virginia, 19th Century Style: Plan of Fauquier White Sulphur Springs with Proposed Building Lot"

Speaker: Cassandra Farrell, Senior Map Archivist at Library of Virginia and WMS Board Member

Earlier this year, the Library of Virginia acquired a manuscript plan of Fauquier White Sulphur Springs. Cassandra Farrell will discuss her research regarding Fauquier White Sulphur Springs and the surveyors involved in the plat's creation.  See




Our new location for the fall program will be the Washington Naval Lodge No. 4, 330 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Unit 400, about three blocks from the LoC.


Location of Washington Naval Lodge: Just east of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, Independence Avenue angles to the right and becomes Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The Washington Naval Lodge is at 330 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. It is on the north side of the street (opposite side from the LoC) between 3rd Street SE and 4th Street SE (although closer to 4th). The street level is occupied by Chevy Chase Bank, roughly across from the BB&T Bank. We will post a WMS sign near the door, so please look for that. The lodge is on the fourth floor at #400. Please note that the elevator is very small and cannot accommodate full-sized wheelchairs. If you need to use the elevator, please arrive a few minutes early.




At our spring meeting, the WMS will hold its Annual Meeting with reports from the board of directors and election of members to the board. The meeting will be held at the Washington Naval Lodge (see address and directions above). 

In addition, the WMS is pleased to present Andrew Rhodes, winner of the Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize, who will present Thinking in Space: The Case of Franklin D Roosevelt.



Andrew's presentation is based on his Ristow Prize essay, "The Geographic President: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Used Maps to Make and Communicate Strategy." (See the cover story in The Portolan issue 107 - Spring 2020).  He will summarize the key points of his paper, illustrated with historical maps and photographs, and discuss some of the other cartographic history of the FDR administration. Andrew will also discuss how the FDR example relates to other research, including his recent article in Texas National Security Review, "Thinking in Space: The Role of Geography in National Security Decision-Making."


WMS 41st ANNUAL DINNER - 15 MAY 2020


Speaker: Dr. Larry Tise, co-author of Theodore de Bry—America: The Complete Plates from 1590-1602.
Venue: Maggiano's at Tysons
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM



Lecture: Mapping and Illustrating the Americas: Theodore de Bry—America: The Complete Plates, 1590-1602. Theodore de Bry, a goldsmith turned engraver and publisher, launched his monumental travel narratives Grand Voyages in 1590 with an illustrated edition of Thomas Harriot’s Briefe and True Report on the New Found Land of Virginia. Fortuitously, de Bry snared two sets of original watercolors on a narrow London street two years before: John White’s accurate drawings of Virginia and Jacques de Lemoyne’s sketches of Florida. With these elegant original works and others, de Bry and his engravers between 1590 and 1602 produced hundreds of indelible images displaying the waters, lands, and people of the Americas. Dr. Tise will explain how these depictions of the Americas were created and how they have defined our mental visions of these native people and their worlds from then to the present.

For full details & to pay by check, click here, print the form and submit it with your payment. 
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Do you enjoy holding a print copy of The Portolan?  Do you have a full set, or are you missing some issues?  Have you been an author, and would like to have some additional copies?  Are there some issues with articles you wish you had read?
NOW is the time to act to get those back print copies. As part of a downsizing of inventory in the coming months, notice is given that back copies are now available, but that will change in the coming months. The Society just cannot indefinitely maintain the ability to provide back print copies of The Portolan. The Society has a varying number of copies of individual back issues. All issues are currently available. Once the print copies are sold, that issue will no longer be available in print form, as there is no expectation to do reprints of back issues after they are sold out.
How to find more information of what is available?  Go to to search a full listing of back tables of content, PLUS the ability to examine the index to those issues.  Determine your desires. Then go to to see how back copies are priced and how to order copies.  Be sure to note that for 2 or more copies of the journal (they need not be the same issue), a discount can be computed due to postal cost savings.
Do act NOW, so as not to be disappointed.





The burial for Washington Map Society past-president Bert Johnson will be at the St. Paul Episcopal Church Cemetery, 601 Hamilton Avenue, Alexandria, VA at 9:00 am on Saturday 21 March 2020, followed that day by a memorial service at St Paul Episcopal Church, 228 South Pitt Street, Alexandria at 10:00 am and a reception in the Church Hall after the service. The burial is going to be prior to the service because of the distance between the Church and the cemetery and the logic of having the reception after the service.




Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA. Map Genealogy Workshop / More Than Just a Pretty Picture: Maps and Research at the Library of Virginia will be presented by Senior map archivist Cassandra Farrell from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM on 7 March 2020. Registration is required - go to


Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA. 25 April 2020. Alan and Natalie Voorhees Lectures. English Impressions of “Virginia” & Its Inhabitants before Jamestown:  English Mapping and Iconography of the New World.

Speakers: Dr. Larry Tise and journalist Andrew Lawler will discuss the extraordinary explorations of the Albemarle Sound region and the first English settlements on Roanoke Island in the 1580s. Although these settlements failed, they produced a rich scientific, cartographic, iconographic, and literary base that has shaped our imaginations of pre-colonial America from the sixteenth century to the present.

An exhibition of early maps of Virginia from the Library’s collections will be on display throughout the day. The lectures begin at 1:00 pm followed by book signings. Additional activities include map appraisals by Old World Auctions, map exhibition, book signings, and a workshop on “17th Century maps of Virginia and the Southeast” (reservation required). Box lunches are offered for advance purchase only. Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society and Semper Virginia Society of the LVA; free to members. Non-members $10. Click here to register. For more information contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or at

If you will be traveling to the Vorhees Lecture from the DC area and would like to carpool, please contact John Docktor at




Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Cartography & Culture: Mapping the Early American South. 11-12 September 2020.



This two-day map conference will be hosted by The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in the charming town of Winston-Salem. From the earliest mapping of North America by European navigators, to campaigns during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, to further exploration through westward expansion, the 14 talks during the conference will delve into how different communities used maps as tools to establish unique visions of the American South. The impressive slate of speakers includes notable past WMS speakers Susan Schulten, Richard Brown, Matthew Edney, and Christian Koot as well as international map dealers Philip Burden and Daniel Crouch. Registration is now open and is expected to fill up fast. Go to for more information.


Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston; America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century - Part I (The U.S. Pushes Westward: Mapping America 1800-1862); May – December 2019. Part II (From Homesteads to Modern Cities, 1862-1900); November 2019 – May 2020.


During the 19th century, the U.S. expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities.


Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors that shaped our country over the century.


Miami International Map Fair, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida; 13-15 March 2020.


This is the 27th Annual Miami International Map Fair and the event will be held again at HistoryMiami but on a new weekend due to the Superbowl being held in Miami in February 2020. This is truly one of the best map fairs in the world (likely THE best) and offers three days of events. It kicks off on Friday 13 March with a VIP preview sale and cocktail reception, which is only for those who registered for the full weekend. There will be over 30 map dealers from around the world exhibiting thousands of maps, atlases, globes, and prints, as well as a lecture series. For more information and registration, go to


More Opportunities:
Many more events are listed on the web site known simply as Cartography Calendars, operated for many years by WMS member John Docktor. Go to (note relatively new address) and select the page you wish to see, i.e., Calendar of Meetings and/or Calendar of Exhibitions.


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Cartographic Quotations

“So Geographers in Afric-maps
With Savage-Pictures fill their Gaps;
And o'er uninhabitable Downs
Place Elephants for want of Towns”

Jonathan Swift
On Poetry: A Rapsody