Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

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May 2002

News of Members
      Roger Baskes has donated his copy of Cedid Atlas Tercumesi, a rare Islamic atlas, to the Newberry Library in Chicago. The atlas was published in Istanbul in 1803, and only two copies are known to exist in the United States. 
      Along with being Secretary-Treasurer of SHD, and editing Terra Cognita, Sandy Bederman has been busy teaching geography courses at the Senior University of Greater Atlanta, and serving on the Editorial Board of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Exploration. So much for retirement!
      Larry Bowman has recently issued his 7th catalog of antiquarian materials on the Indian Ocean region. He will send a copy free of cost to any member of SHD who requests one. Contact Larry at: indianoceanbooks@ earthlink.net.
      Kay Brigham has published a book about her father, Lt. Commander Millard J. Klein, who lost his life off Salerno during World War II. Its title is For Those Who Love, Time is Not: A World War II True Story of Unconquerable Love and Faith.
      Timothy J. Coates has edited and translated The Conversion of the King of Bissau and the baptism in Lisbon of the Prince Dom Manuel of Portugal, oldest son of the same King, written by António Rodrigues da Costa. Coates’ book is published by Legend Books in Auburn, New York.
      Karen Cook completed her Ph.D. in geography in May, 2001 at the University of Wisconsin. She thought life would ease-up a bit, but, alas, she seems to be working harder than ever. She has completed an essay on ”Cartography and Photography” for the 20th century volume of The History of Cartography.
      Ed Dahl is mainly involved in editing books dealing with the history of cartography, such as the one on the mapping of Newfoundland, 1500-1800. For the globe exhibition, “Yes! The World is Round” (of which he was guest curator), and the book Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum (co-author), and the Stewart Museum Globe Symposium (October 19-22, 2000) (co-organizer), the Stewart Museum in Montreal received the Canadian Museums Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category “Research” for the year 2000. In May 2001, Ed received the Award of Distinction for Exceptional Contributions to the Canadian Cartographic Association. 
      Living on his farm in Lexington, Georgia is good for Louis De Vorsey. He continues to conduct

research and write. This past year he published “Searching for William Bartram’s Buffalo Lick,” in Southeastern Geographer (Vol. XXXXI, No. 2 (November, 2001), pp. 159-183, and “European Encounters: Discovery and Exploration,” a chapter in North America: The Historical Geography of a Changing Continent 2nd Edition, Rowman and Littlefield, 2001, pp. 25-36. In an invited lecture in January, 2002, he spoke on “From Utopia to Revolution: The Savannah River Valley in Eighteenth Century Maps” at the First Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, at the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia
      Lawrence Dritsas reports that he completed the MS degree in Science and Technology at Virginia Tech, and is now enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Edinburgh doing African studies.
      Apologizing for not being able to attend the Denver meeting, Joseph Fitzgerald also sends word that the Miami International Map Fair continues to attract good dealers, good speakers, and good people. He promises that future programs will be as outstanding as the weather. Joe contributed “Map Printing Methods” in Florida, the Making of a State: A Cartographic Adventure, edited by James Findlay and published by the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, 2002,


Carol Urness and Richard Francaviglia at annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. (Fig. 3)

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