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The Portolan is published regularly three times per year– Spring, Fall and Winter – and is typically 68 – 80 pages in length (see note below). It is the only journal of its kind published in the Americas focusing on the history of cartography, map collecting, and cartography. The contents of The Portolan are not just articles about local events in Washington. While there are announcements of coming meetings, the contents comprise a rich mix of cartographic interest:
Articles appear with the full text or summaries of many of the past presentations before the Society. For examples, see some representative articles from The Portolan that appear online (click on the titles):
The Atlases of A.J. Johnson by Ira Lourie (Issue 49 – Winter 2000-2001)
A Condensed Digital Travelers Guide: Web Resources for Map Collectors & Enthusiasts by Joel Kovarsky (Issue 62 – Spring 2005)
An Annotated List of Reference Books for the Antiquarian Map Collector by Joel Kovarsky (Issue 63 – Fall 2005)
Henry F. Walling and the Mapping of New England's Towns, 1849-1857 by Michael Buehler (Issue 71 – Spring 2008)
Picturing a Networked Nation: Abraham Bradley’s Landmark U.S. Postal Maps by Larry Caldwell and Michael Buehler (Issue 77 – Spring 2010)
Searching for Early Maps: Use of Online Library Catalogs by Joel Kovarsky (Issue 80 – Spring 2011)
Visualizing Early Washington DC by Dan Bailey and Lindsay Schroader (Issue 80 – Spring 2011)
Expanding a Child’s World: Map Books for Children and Young Readers by Marianne McKee (Issue 81- Fall 2011)
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Map Wonks by Leigh Lockwood (Issue 82 Winter 2011)
GPS 1.0 beta, aka Britannia Depicta, or Travel Commentary in Strip Maps by Leigh Lockwood (Issue 85 Winter 2012). Please see additional images HERE.
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Members and non-members contribute articles of cartographic interest. Prospective writers, click HERE.
The Ristow Prize article is published, and often articles that receive Honorable Mention in the competition.
“Recent Publications” is a carto-bibliography of new articles and books in the field. This column has appeared since the journal began and is typically four to six pages in length.
Notifications of and summaries of meetings of other U.S./international map societies keep readers aware of activities elsewhere.
The varied mix of material has made The Portolan a publication not just for local members of the Washington Map Society, but also for members and subscribers around the country and the world. Over half its readers live outside the Washington area and seldom have the chance to attend a meeting. Indeed, many private, university and national libraries are subscribers, seeing the value in having The Portolan available to scholars and the general public.
For a chronological listing of all past contents and index of these contents, click HERE.
Portolan Publication/Delivery Schedule – Claims for undelivered issues:
The Portolan is published three times per year.
The Spring issue is published in late March and typically is delivered in April.
The Fall issue is published in late August and typically is delivered in September.
The Winter issue is published in late November and typically is delivered in December.
Claims may be made for undelivered issues – as long as claim is made within four months of the anticipated delivery months noted above.Complete back sets, partial sets and individual issues of The Portolan are available for sale.