Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 8

May 2002

      James R. Gibson writes that his essay on Russian expansion was published in the April, 2002 issue of the Journal of Historical Geography. Also, sometime this year, he and his Russian co-editor will submit their two-volume manuscript on Russian California to the Hakluyt Society. A Russian edition will simultaneously be published in Moscow.
      Writing from Kingston, Ontario, William Glover says that he has been appointed the new editor of The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord. It is a refereed journal published quarterly by the Canadian National Research Society.
      Francis Herbert’s report on what is going on now at the R.G.S. appears elsewhere in the newsletter. In addition to his duties as Curator of Maps at the R.G.S., he is compiling a companion carto-bibliography of the South Polar regions to that of the North Polar regions that was published in the Bulletin of the Association of Canadian Map Librarians (March, 1987), which listed and described 38 states of the Arrowsmith/Stanford map from 1818 to 1937. Francis’ Antarctic work will be a similar descriptive listing of Edward Stanford’s South Polar region/Antarctica folio-sized map. To date, he knows of ten states from 1901 to 1928. If anyone has information on any further copies (with locations in collections) he would gratefully receive and acknowledge it.
      It was announced in March, 2002 that Alice Hudson was the winner of this year’s Sloan Award for Public Service. In addition to being responsible for the map collection at New York Public Library, she serves on the advisory board of the Miami Map Fair, and is on the academic-advisory board of the Phillips Society. Her article (co-authored with Mary Ritzlin), “Preliminary Check-list of Pre-Twentieth-Century Women in Cartography,” will be published in Cartographia
      H.G. Jones received the John Tyler Caldwell Award in the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council, which he helped to organize in 1971. During the past year, he presented papers on Thomas Wolfe and Abraham Lincoln to the Thomas Wolfe Society at Harvard University; on colonial North Carolina maps to the Cumming Map Society in Chapel Hill; and on Inuit subjects to the Arctic Clothing Conference at the British Museum, the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences in Quebec City, the SHD meeting in Denver, and the Toronto Inuit Society. He was also a lecturer on the “Arctic Odyssey” cruise to Hudson Bay, Baffin Island,

and Greenland. His article, “Lifting the Veil: Christian Klengenberg and the Copper Inuit” was published by the University of Iceland in Aspects of Arctic and Sub-Arctic History. When he caught his breath, H.G. edited and annotated “Sketches in North Carolina USA 1872 to 1878,” published jointly by the North Caroliniana Society and the State Division of Archives and History.
      Helen Kahn writes from Montreal that she gave a talk to librarians at McGill University on appraisals relating to gifts and purchases, and their importance within the framework of regulations set out by the Canadian Cultural Properties Board and Revenue Canada.
      Michael Layland relates “In the Fall of 2001, I was able to retrace, in part, Vespucci’s ‘Portuguese Voyage.’ We arrived at Salvador in All Saint’s Bay, Brazil 500 years –to within a week- after Vespucci and Coelho, who were the first recorded Europeans to arrive at and name the bay. The quincentenary was not acknowledged locally. This was the voyage that led Vespucci to realize that they had been exploring a continent distinct from Asia.” Michael’s article, “Commemorating Amérigo,” was published in Mercator’s World, (Vol. 7, No.2), March/April, 2002, pp.38-43.
      In a report from St. Andrews, Scotland, Bruce Lenman happily announced that his two-volume work on colonial wars has finally been published by Longmans. They are England’s Colonial Wars 1550-1688 (2000), and Britain’s Colonial Wars 1688-1783 (2001) He is now working on Spanish colonial port cities in the Caribbean, with particular reference to maps of the cities, and charts of adjacent coasts. He has traveled extensively in the Greater Caribbean and is a Professional Associate of the National Library of Cuba.
      Rodrigue Lévesque has published two more volumes in his series on the history of Micronesia. Volume 15 is titled Mostly About Palau, and contains facsimile reproductions of three rare books. Volume 16 concerns the Malaspina expedition that visited Guam in 1792. Rod says that there are many documents of interest to members of SHD, notably a heretofore unpublished spy story involving Captain James Cook.
      Dee Longenbaugh expects her book, A Magnificent Prospect, to be published sometime in 2002. The volume is a history of the cartography of Alaska from 1648 to 1900.
      Russell Magnaghi says that he and his botanist daughter, Emily, are working on a manuscript tentatively titled, “Plant use in the Californias to 1848.”

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