this effort resulted in early maps of the Americas from Alaska to Peru. He has offered to pay for the radiocarbon test, and he is writing a book about Marco Polo’s New World mapping efforts.
John Thrower is completing further research into the expedition to Central America by John Oxenham in 1576-1577, the first English captain to sail in the Pacific.
Norman J.W. Thrower writes that he has remained quite busy preparing several articles for the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Exploration and the Encyclopedia of Maritime History, both published by Oxford University Press. He also is writing entries for the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas and The Literature of Travel and Exploration.
Carol Urness reports that her essay, “The First Kamchatka Expedition in Focus,” has been published in Under Bering’s Command: New Perspectives on the Russian Kamchatka Expedition, edited by Peter Ulf Moller and Natasha Okhotina Lind (Aarhus University Press, 2003). Carol says that she hated to miss the New Orleans SHD meeting, but is looking forward to seeing everyone in Cody, Wyoming.
Mark Wentley, an antique map enthusiast and new member of SHD, writes that he works in international business traveling in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. With a strong interest in the Age of Discovery, Mark has found a home in SHD.
When does Eric Wolf not travel? In June 2003, he and Lee attended the Imago Mundi meeting in Cambridge and Portland. He says that nowhere else was there a lobster clambake like the one the Osher Library organized. In August, they ballooned over Tuscany, and saw the Palio in Siena, a wonderful bareback horserace dating from the 13th century with lots of pageantry. October saw the Wolfs at the IMCOS meeting in Cyprus, and then back to the U.S. for the SHD meeting in New Orleans. In addition, they made five trips to New York for plays and operas, and attended the December meeting of the Mercator Society at the New York Public Library.
Scott Westrem was recently promoted to Professor of English at the Graduate Center and Lehman College of CUNY. During this past year, he received a research grant from the Professional Staff Congress of CUNY for a project entitled, “Decoding the Mappamundi Frame.”
His chapter, “Africa Unbounded: on an Unstudied European Mappamundi (ca.1450) and in Related Cartography,” appeared in
Making Contact: Maps, Identity, and Travel (2003), edited by Glenn Burger
et al., and published in Edmonton, by the University of Alberta Press. On May 2, 2003, Scott presented an invited lecture entitled “Crafting the Medieval Map” to the monthly meeting of the Medieval Club of New York. At the 78th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, held in Minneapolis in April 2003, he presented a paper, “The Bell Library Mappamundi and its place in Medieval Cartography.”
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