Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 8

May 2005

Every Columbus Day around October 12, Kay Brigham lectures to students in Miami area schools about the importance of the Book of Prophecies (Libro de las Profecías – 1502) in understanding Christopher Columbus. The students are always fascinated by the rare facsimile of the Libro that Kay brings to show the collection of authoritative writings, including Columbus’s autograph. She also brings along a beautiful copy of the map of Juan de la Cosa (1500) that she found at the Naval Museum (Museo Naval) in Madrid, Spain.

Rand Burnette and his wife, Pat, are still working on their biography of Thomas Hutchins.

Jon Carlson wrote to say that he now is assistant professor of political science and international studies at Rockford College in Rockford, IL.

As well as working on the history of the topographical mapping of British India in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Andrew Cook is continuing his study of the history of the production of British Admiralty Charts and Sailing Directions (Pilots), with particular interest in British chart publication for Canadian coasts. His chapter, “The Publication of British Admiralty Charts for British Columbia in the 19th Century,” appeared in W. Glover (ed.) Charting Northern Waters: Essays for the Centenary of the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Montreal: McGill-Queens, 2004.

John Crosse wrote from Vancouver, B.C. that he now prepares a quarterly west coast letter for Argonauta, the house magazine for the Canadian Nautical Research Society. In September 2004, John attended the “Spain’s Legacy in the Pacific” Conference at the San Diego Maritime Museum.

Francis Cuppage wrote that he is continuing his interests in the Lewis and Clark Expedition (presenting lectures on varying topics), the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe trails, and the effects of nutrition and medicine upon world explorations.

Ed Dahl continues to edit texts in the history of mapping and exploration. He co-authored a chapter on Samuel de Champlain’s maps for a volume marking the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s activities in North America (see news for Heidenreich). He has been editing Fabian O’Dea’s history of the mapping of Newfoundland, 1500-1800 (which he will complete after Fabian’s death), and a book by Christian Jacob on theory in the history of cartography.

For the last five years, A.C.F. David has been one of four editors working on the Hakluyt Society’s edition in 3 volumes of the Malaspina Expedition. Volume II was published in 2003. Because of his work, he was invited to give a lecture on the expedition in March 2005 at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI. The final volume was published in January 2005. A celebration launch was held at the Cervantes Institute on March 3, 2005. Considerable assistance on this project was provided by the Museo Naval and the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores in Madrid. Several SHD members have also helped with this project. In addition, Commander David is preparing a number of articles for the projected Dictionary of Falkland Biography.

John Delaney, building on his love of old maps, is now curator of historical maps at the Princeton University Library. He was a passenger on a Russian icebreaker that plied the Northwest Passage in the summer 2003. John curated an exhibition of maps to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Amunden’s successful transit, and the maps and photos are available online here

Louis De Vorsey attended the IMCOS Symposium in Italy, and enjoyed it greatly. In addition to presenting a paper at the Cody SHD meeting, Lou saw the publication of three articles: “Historical Maps as Evidence,” The Portolan (Spring 2004), pp. 42-52; “Poor Benjamin’s Charts,” IMCOS Journal (Issue 56, Spring 2004), pp. 5-14; and

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