[ISHMap-List] In "The Portolan", Issue 89: La Balise, Louisiana - Transimperial Focal Point. Early Computer Cartography. Ptolemy's Geography. Comments on the Ostrich Egg Globe. And more.

Thomas Sander sanderva at erols.com
Tue Apr 1 04:43:28 CEST 2014

This thrice-yearly journal with articles on maps, the history of
cartography, and exploration is the only journal of its kind in the
Americas.   Below is information on the Spring 2014 issue recently
published.   See  <http://www.washmapsociety.org/The-Portolan-Journal.htm>
http://www.washmapsociety.org/The-Portolan-Journal.htm   for details on
ordering the current or past issues of “The Portolan”.  That link also takes
the reader to the contents list of all back issues and an index to those
issues.  The focus of the society and the journal is not solely Washington;
topics are widespread in scope. 


ISSUE 89  (Spring 2014)
Issue 89 (Spring 2014), consisting of 72 pages, was published in March 2014
and is in distribution to all paid subscribers and members in good standing
of the Washington Map Society.  Copies are available for purchase.


JUSTIN DELLINGER’s 2013 Ristow Prize-winning paper presents interesting
research into the geographical depiction and importance of a town at the
mouth of the Mississippi River. JOHN HESSLER describes early computer
mapping now archived at the Library of Congress.  PETER MEURER describes the
production and non-production of atlases in the early 1500’s in central
Europe.  PETER DICKSON comments on STEFAAN MISSINNE’s research into the
Ostrich Egg and Lenox globes; MISSINNE replies to the comments.  LEIGH
LOCKWOOD reports on a trip he made with DICK PFLEDERER to see portolan
atlases at the Morgan Collection in New York City. JULIE SWEETKIND-SINGER
tells the story of the scanning and cataloging of the McLaughlin Collection
maps of California as an Island at Stanford University.  BILL STANLEY
remembers the early formative years in this 35th anniversary year of the
Washington Map Society.  Five books are reviewed.  And there is more.



"The Portolan" is published three times per year; issue 90 is due for
release in August 2014.



CONTENTS OF ISSUE 89 – Spring 2014

2013 RISTOW PRIZE PAPER.  “La Balise: A transimperial focal point”, by
Justin T. Dellinger

“Species of Spaces: The Early Computer Cartography Project at the Library of
Congress”, by John W. Hessler   

“Non-realized Editions of Ptolemy’s Geography in Early German Humanism”, by
Peter Meurer 

“Commentary on the Twin Lenox and Ostrich Egg Globes”, by Peter Dickson with
response by Stefaan Missinne


This regular feature, a bibliographic listing of articles and books
appearing worldwide on antique maps and globes and the history of
cartography, is compiled by Joel Kovarsky. 



“ <http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/vandenhoonaard-map.shtml> Map Worlds:
A History of Women in Cartography” (Reviewer: Julie Sweetkind-Singer) 

-using-the-heavens-to-map-america/paperback/product-20354649.html> The
Horizons of Christopher Columbus – Using the Heavens to Map America.”
(Reviewer: Chip Reynolds) 

“Monaco Autrefois” (Reviewer: Bert Johnson)   

Fano_Italy> The Vesconte Maggiolo World Map of 1504 in Fano, Italy”
(Reviewer: Dick Pflederer) 

“ <http://www.niyogibooksindia.com/showcase/212/> Mapping India” (Reviewer:
Stephen R. Fox)     



1.  President’s Spring 2014 Letter, by J.C. McElveen

2.  Washington Map Society Meetings, April – September 2014

3.  Exhibitions and Meetings

4.  Letters to the Editor

5.  Map Site Seeing

6.  Ristow Prize Competition 2014

7.  35th Anniversary of the Washington Map Society – The Beginning – A Look
Back, by Bill Stanley 

8.  A Trip to the Portolan Atlases in the Morgan Collection, NYC, by Leigh

9.  Seoul and Maps - 2014 IMCoS Symposium, by Sanghoon JANG  

10.  California as an Island collection now at Stanford, by Julie

11.  Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Albert H. Small

12.  Cartographic Notes, by Thomas Sander






Master of Arts degree in 2010 at the University of Texas at Arlington,
Justin began studying for his Ph.D. with a research focus on colonial


PETER DICKSON is the author of several books, including “The Magellan Myth:
Reflections on Columbus, Vespucci and the Waldseemueller Map of 1507”
(Second Edition 2009) which includes a chapter offering the first in-depth
review of previous scholarship concerning the Lenox globe.  


STEPHEN R. FOX is a retired US Foreign Service Officer who served in New
Delhi from 1993-95. 


JOHN W. HESSLER is Cartographic Reference Specialist, Geography and Map
Division Library of Congress and Curator, Jay I. Kislak Collection for the
History of the Early Americas. Among his many writings are “The Naming of
America – Martin Waldseemüller 1507 World Map and the ‘Cosmographiae
Introductio’”, and, with Chet Van Duzer, “Seeing the World Anew – The
Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps.”


SANGHOON JANG is Curator, National Museum of Korea, and a Member of the
IMCoS 2014 Organizing Committee.


BERT JOHNSON, a frequent contributor to “The Portolan” and past president of
the WMS, studies maps of the Mediterranean. 


JOEL KOVARSKY is proprietor of The Prime Meridian: Antique Maps & Books.


LEIGH LOCKWOOD is Webmaster of the WMS, and a frequent contributor to “The


PETER H. MEURER has headed several research projects at the Universities of
Cologne, Duisburg and Trier as well as in cooperation with private
collectors. He is the author of more than 150 publications on pre-1700
history of cartography mainly in Germany and the Low Countries. 


STEFAAN MISSINNE, PhD, is a Belgian resident in Austria. He is the author of
“A Newly Discovered Early Sixteenth-Century Globe Engraved on an Ostrich
Egg: The Earliest Surviving Globe Showing the New World” which appeared in
“The Portolan”, Issue 87 (Fall 2013) and drew worldwide media and scholarly
interest.  His research into the actual engraver of the globe continues.

RICHARD PFLEDERER is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of “The
Portolan” and is a frequent contributor to the journal.  He is the author of
several reference books on the subject of Portolan charts, the latest
“Finding Their Way at Sea: the Story of Portolan Charts, the Cartographers
who Drew Them and the Mariners who Sailed by Them.”


WILLIAM T. (CHIP) REYNOLDS is Director, New Netherland Museum, and Captain,
Replica Ship Half Moon. His article ‘September 11, 2001 Aboard the Half Moon
[in New York Harbor]’ appeared in “The Portolan’s” issue 52 (Winter
2001-2002, and his review of “Testarossa” appeared in Issue 73 (Winter


THOMAS SANDER is editor of “The Portolan”.


WILLIAM A. STANLEY is Retired Chief Historian, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Owner of Cartographic Associates,
antique map and print dealer.  A WMS Charter member, he led the 25th
Anniversary organizing committee.


JULIE SWEETKIND-SPRINGER is the Assistant Director of Geospatial,
Cartographic and Scientific Data and the Head of the Branner Earth Sciences
Library and Map Collections at Stanford University.  She has published
numerous articles on map librarianship and on the long term preservation of
geospatial information.


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A listing and index of the contents of all issues of 'The Portolan' is
accessible at  <http://www.washmapsociety.org/Portolan-Indexes.htm>
Also at  <http://www.washmapsociety.org/The-Portolan-Journal.htm>
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on how to order and locate issues of the journal, and procedures for
prospective authors.

Online links to several past articles are also at the “Portolan” web page.
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NOTE: The Portolan business office will be closed from 3-15 April due to
scheduled absence.  
Posted By:
Thomas F. Sander
Editor, 'The Portolan'
Washington Map Society
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