Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 8

May 2006

Press, 2006). I have finally put to sleep Cartographic Cinema on Maps and Film (in which discoveries play a strong role), forthcoming in 2006 at the University of Minnesota Press. The project began as a lecture that Richard Francaviglia generously included in his 2000 conference at the University of Texas at Arlington on cartography and popular culture.”

Andrew Cook has been much occupied in the last year with the production history (compilation, revision, correction, issue and sale) of British Admiralty Charts, and was invited by the British Cartographic Society to give the Helen Wallis Memorial Lecture for 2005 on “Admiralty Charts as a Historical Resource.” Andrew says that interest in using marginal information to date changes in chart images, particularly changes in built topography, has led him to focus on the 19th century exploration surveys of the British Columbia coast as a test-bed for the history of chart production.

John Crosse writes from Vancouver that the earliest illustration of Bucareli Bay, Alaska that he had been able to find was a pencil sketch by Sigismond Bacstrom dated 1792. He chartered a boat and photographed the whole bay. Three Spanish expeditions came that way in 1775, 1779, and 1792, and the area is so remote (only 40 miles north of Canada) that the U.S. Geodetic Survey could use only the original Spanish names. Chirikov made his landfall on the outer coast in 1741 (ten miles west), long before the Spaniards or Captain Cook were ever that way.

Ed Dahl continues to edit texts in the history of mapping and exploration. He is the editor of The Sovereign Map, a book by Christian Jacob on theory in the history of cartography throughout history (to be published this year by the University of Chicago Press), and has just completed editing the index. The purchase of a 100-acre farm has happily distracted him of late, providing countless hours of exploration and discovery (and some back-breaking work).

Carol Delaney retired from Stanford University on December 31, 2005 and is now residing in Providence, RI. Her article, “Columbus’s Ultimate Goal: Jerusalem,” will be published in Comparative Studies in Society & History (April 2006).


John Delaney has started work on an exhibition of mapping Africa (roughly from the 1550s to the 1870s) that will open next spring at Princeton University. The exhibition will focus heavily on explorers’ publications 

and their maps and illustrations. A lavishly illustrated color catalogue will accompany the exhibit – much like the one he did for the Northwest Passage show that ended last spring. The web site is http:// libweb5.Princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/
websites/northwestpassage/title- page /htm. John reminds SHD members that the 36-page full-color catalogue of that show, replete with full-page maps and a foldout, is still available at cost ($10 + $1 mailing) from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University, One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08534. 

Louis De Vorsey was named “Fellow of the Society for the History of Discoveries” in 2005. On September 19, 2005, he presented “The Role of Native Americans in the Discovery and Exploration of North America,” at the 24th IMCOS International Symposium in Denver, CO. It was published in IMCOS Journal, Issue no. 103, Winter 2005, pp. 5-20. To wind up the year, Lou served as Distinguished Speaker at the SHD meeting in Williamsburg. His paper, “The History of Discovery Before the Bar,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Terrae Incognitae.

Ralph Ehrenberg, in addition to organizing a superb annual meeting at Williamsburg, was very busy publishing a major book for the National Geographic Society (Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of Cartography, Washington D.C.: National Geographic Books, 2005, 256 pages). Ralph also contributed a chapter, entitled “U.S. Military Mapping in the American Southwest During the Nineteenth Century,” in Dennis Reinhartz and Gerald Saxon (eds), Mapping and Empire: Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier (University of Texas Press, 2005, pp. 80-129).

Matthew Edney became the director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 1, 2005. His second book, The Origins and Development of J.B. Harley’s Cartographic Theories, Monograph 54 (special issue of Cartographica (vol. 40, nos. 1 and 2) was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2005.

Joseph Fitzgerald continues his stellar work with the

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