Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 9

May 2003

     Ronald Fritze’s recent publications include two new books: The Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England, 1272-1485 (Greenwood, 2002), and New Worlds: The Great Voyages of Discovery, 1400-1600 (Sutton, UK, January, 2003).
     O.W. Frost reports that his book, Vitus Jonassen Bering: Russia’s Columbus, will be published in the Fall 2003 by Yale University Press.
     John Garver discovered more of his own history on a trip to Germany this past fall. He was able to visit with German cousins living in small villages in Bavaria and the Rhineland Palatinate and trace family lineage on both his father’s and mother’s sides back to the mid-1600s. John is writing a family history and is pleased to have linked with relatives and ancestors in the “old country.” Last year, he wrote the entry on “Military Geography” for the thirty-volume Encyclopedia of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, recently published by Elsevier Press, Oxford, England. John resides in Bethesda, MD where he continues his work on a book about the role of the U.S. Army in the colonization of the pre-Civil War trans-Missouri West.
     Alice Hudson wrote “Joseph Ives’ Exploration of the Grand Canyon, Von Egloffstein’s Fanciful Colorado River,” in Mapping the West, edited by Paul Cohen, (2002), pp. 176-177. She also contributed the text and chose the maps for the December 2002 mounting the NEH funded website on Middle Atlantic regional maps to 1850. The website is http://www.nypl.org/search/midatlantic/. Alice co-authored (with Mary Ritzlin) “Preliminary Checklist of Pre-Twentieth Century Women in Cartography. This work lists nearly 300 women involved with maps and map-making up to 1900. It is published in Cartogaphia (Volume 37, 2000). This issue was actually published in 2002.
     Ian Jackson tells us that in December 2002, the Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press at the University of Alberta published his book, Does Anyone Read Lake Hazen. It is an account of the four members of the wintering party of Canada’s International Geophysical Year (1957-58) expedition to northern Ellsmere Island. As a member of the expedition, Ian prepared the account in 1977 utilizing letters he wrote to his fiancé from Lake Hazen. Because their radio failed in September 1957, and was not repaired until their first airplane landed at the end of March 1958, they were the expedition that nobody heard about—until now.
     Ian also has been editing the Arctic whaling journals of William Scoresby, Jr., author of An Account of the Arctic Regions (1820). He hopes that 

the final three journals (1811-13) will be published by the Hakluyt Society in 2003 or 2004. 
     Harold Johnson presently is working on a series of studies of Carioca society based on the parish records and the wills contained therein from the four central parishes of Rio de Janeiro, 1750-1808. His book, Camponeses e Colonizadores: Estudios de História Luso-Brasileiro, was published in Lisbon (Ed. Estampa), in 2002. A review essay, “Prince Henry ‘the Navigator’: A Life” appeared in Portuguese Studies Review, vol. IX (2002), pp. 520-524. Harold’s website, http://www.people.virginia.edu/~hbj8n/, contains several of his essays: “Para um modelo estrutural da freguesia portuguesa do século XVIII”; “Storm over Sagres; or, How a Book Review Caused a Duke to Lose his Cool”; and “Malthus Confirmed? Reflections on the Changing Distribution of Wealth and Income in Portugal (1309-1789). 
     In 2002, H.G. Jones received the North Carolina Award for Public Service. The award, established by the General Assembly in 1961, is given annually “to recognize notable accomplishments in the fields of scholarship, research, the fine arts, and public leadership.” H.G. is proud of the fact that it is the highest honor the state can bestow.
     His article, “Teaching the Explorers,” an abridged version of which appeared in last year’s Terrae Incognitae, was published in an expanded and illustrated version in Polar Geography (vol. 26, no.1, 2002). This past year, he celebrated his thirtieth year of visiting and photographing Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, by offering a restrospective slide presentation during a community-wide feast in August 2002. In March 2003, H.G. attended the Hakluyt Society sponsored Memorial Event in London, UK honoring David Quinn.
     John Juricek penned “Searching for De Soto,” a review article that appeared in Mississippi Quarterly (vol. LII, 1999), pp.695-201. In 2002, John’s second documentary volume, Georgia and the Florida Treaties, which is volume 12 of Early American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws, 1607-1789. The publisher is University Publications of America.
     Although retired, James Kelley, Jr. remains quite busy. Jim reports: “The Cornaro Atlas” (Egerton MS 73 in the British Library) was once the property of the Cornaro family of Venice, one of the republic’s founding families. This 79 folio page manuscript book contains some 35 reproductions of

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