Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 10

May 2005

An excerpt from H.G. Jones’s annual holiday greetings reads, “This was the 60th anniversary of the allied invasion at Anzio and I want to record a unique experience. With great apprehension, this year I returned to Anzio, where a boy became a man in January 1944. I should not have worried, because the Italians have not forgotten, and I was received with warmth, gratitude, kisses on both cheeks, a certificate, and a medal. The most emotional moment occurred at the American Military Cemetery when I stood before the altar, tryptych, and marble table on which are engraved the names of more than a thousand of my navy comrades whose bodies remain entombed in their sunken ships in the Mediterranean area.”

In 2004, Bruce Lenman spent part of the Spring in the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA on a short fellowship to work on 17th century nautical cartography of the Caribbean. He then toured Anasazi pueblo sites in nearby mountain states. Bruce then returned to Scotland to buy and sell houses before moving to Stirling from St. Andrews. Building on an invitation to talk in Sydney, Australia in November 2004, he traveled via Hong Kong and made a tour of the cities round the mouth of the Pearl River, such as Macao and Canton, that were at the end of the East India Company’s global trading network. Work on a couple of major reference pieces has dominated most of his writing time, apart from a short piece on Scots on the Chesapeake for Colonial Williamsburg. 

Rodrigue Lévesque wrote, “Having completed my first 20-volume encyclopedia on the history of Micronesia, I am presently working on a second series of twenty or more volumes as a continuation. My collection of source documents has now reached volume 33 and the year 1897. This second set will be published on a CD-ROM.”

T.K. McClintock, who is associated with Studio TKN Conservation of Fine Arts and Historic Works on Paper in Somerville, MA, wrote: “I had the privilege of spending six months at the American Academy in Rome as the Booth Family 

Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation. My research was directed at understanding how drawing and print media and their paper supports became identified as most suitable in the 15th century for technical execution, degree of finish, and expected use in different fields of specialty including works of fine art, cartography, and architecture/engineering. The production of larger works on paper as preparatory studies or for presentation and the formats that resulted were examined with a similar purpose.”

Barbara McCorkle wants all to know that she is still recovering from the shock and thrill of being elected Fellow in 2004.

Don McGuirk and Diana Curry-McGuirk reported that they had a marvelous trip to Venice and Ravello, Italy, with a great IMCOS meeting in Modena and Florence tucked neatly in between. They were so impressed that they are ready to return to Italy for a future SHD meeting.

Benjamin Olshin is now assistant professor in philosophy, history, and history of science at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He currently is revising a manuscript of his new work on the discovery and mapping of Brazil. He also is working on research concerning the transmission of knowledge in non-textual/non-traditional formats.

John Parker reports that he continues his work on an edition of Richard Eden’s Arte of Navigation, incorporating texts from all nine editions, 1561-1630.

Mary Pedley lectured in Virginia in March 2004 in celebration of the gift of the map collection of Alan Voorhees to the Library of Virginia. She also spoke in June 2004 about the map bibliographer Louis Karpinski at the Mapping Michigan Conference at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. She writes that she is continuing her work as co-editor of Volume Four of the History of Cartography: Cartography in the European Enlightenment.

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