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Terrae Incognitae

The Journal for the History of Discoveries

Contents of Vol 40, 2008



Antony Adler, a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, graduated from Carleton College with a BA in History and is presently a graduate student in Museology at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The essay printed here won the Society’s 2007 annual prize competition.

Roger Balm is a member of the Geography faculty at Rutgers University; he is particularly interested in the intersections of visual art and geography.

Robert J. King is an independent researcher at the National Library of Australia with a special interest in the European expansion into the Pacific in the late 18th century.

Cameron McPherson Smith, who teaches in the Anthropology Department of Portland State University, is a professional writer, explorer, and archaeologist.

Gene Rhea Tucker is a student in the Transatlantic Doctoral History Program at the University of Texas at Arlington.  His contribution to this volume won UTA’s 2008 Jenkins Garrett Award.

Chet Van Duzer is an independent scholar and, most recently, author of Floating Islands: a Global Bibliography (2004).

Robert J. King William Bolts and the Austrian Origins of the Lapéouse Expedition
Chet Van Duzer The History of the Azores as Insulae solis or Islands of the Sun in 16th-Century Cartography 29
Cameron McPherson Smith, et al. On the Vessel Sailed by Bartholomé Ruiz in 1526: Characterization and Significance for the Pre-Columbian Archaeology of Northwestern South America 47
Antony Adler Uncharted Seas: European-Polynesian Encounters in the Age of Discoveries 60
Gene Rhea Tucker Coronelli’s Texan Mississippi:  A Reinterpretation of the America Settentrionale of 1688 82
Roger Balm Discovery as Autobiography:  The Machu Picchu Case 102

Current Bibliography

Mike Downs

Recent Literature in Discovery History


Book Reviews

James R. Akerman, ed.

Cartographies of Travel and Navigation

Reviewed by Ian J. Aebel

Catherine Armstrong
Writing North America in the Seventeenth Century. English representations in print and manuscript London
Reviewed by Sarah Tyacke
Ian R. Bartky One Time Fits All: The Campaigns for Global Uniformity
Reviewed by Robert W. Karrow, Jr.
Janet Bately and Anton Englert, eds. Ohthere’s Voyages:  A late 9th century account of voyages along the coasts of Norway and Denmark and its cultural context
Reviewed by Arne Molander
Jens P. Bornholt Cuatro Siglos de Expresiones Geográficas del Istmo Centromaericano/Four Centuries of Geographic Expressions of Central American Isthmus, 1500-1900
Reviewed by David Buisseret
Alexander H. Bolyanatz Pacific Romanticism: Tahiti and the European Imagination
Reviewed by Jon D. Carlson
Andrea de Porti Explorers:  The Most Exciting Voyages of Discovery—From the African Expeditions to the Lunar Landing
Reviewed by Sanford H. Bederman

Evelyn Edson The World Map, 1300-1492: The Persistence of Tradition and Transformation
Reviewed by Ian J. Aebel
Norman Etherington, ed.Mapping Colonial Conquest:  Australia and Southern Africa
Reviewed by Karen Severud Cook
Jack D. ForbesThe American Discovery of Europe
Reviewed by George C. Chalou
Patricia Galloway, ed.The Hernando de Soto Expedition:  History, Historiography, and “Discovery” in the Southeast
Reviewed by Dennis Reinhartz
Hendon M. Harris, Jr.The Asiatic Fathers of America:  Chinese Discovery & Colonization of Ancient America
Reviewed by Ronald H. Fritze
Henry HarrisseThe discovery and cartographic development of Newfoundland and its environs, 1497-1500-1769. Translated by Aspi Balsara
Reviewed by Alberta Auringer Wood
Nick KanasStar Maps:  History, Artistry, and Cartography
Reviewed by Anna Freeman-Herlighy
Tony KoslowThe Silent Deep: The Discovery, Ecology and Conservation of the Deep Sea
Reviewed by Ryan M. Seidemann
William de LangePars Japonica:  The First Dutch Expedition to Reach the Shores of Japan….
Reviewed by Barry Gough
Ronald S. LoveMaritime Exploration in the Age of Discovery
Reviewed by Richard Pflederer
Carla Rahn PhillipsThe Treasure of the San José:  Death at Sea in the War of the Spanish Succession
Reviewed by Ryan M. Seidemann
Poggio BraccioliniDe l’Inde:  les voyages en Asie de Niccolò de’ Conti.  De varietate fortunae, Livre IV.  Translated and annotated by Michèle Guéret-Laferté
Reviewed by Evelyn Edson
Dennis Reinhartz and Gerald D. Saxon, eds.Mapping and Empire:  Soldier-Engineers on the Southwestern Frontier
Reviewed by Bruce P. Lenman
Brian W. RichardsonLongitude and Empire:  How Captain Cook’s Voyages Changed the World
Reviewed by Arne B. Molander
L. H. Roper and b. Van Ruymbeke, eds.Constructing early modern empires:  proprietary ventures in the Atlantic World 1500-1750
Reviewed by Gayle K. Brunelle
E. Thomson Shields, Jr. and Charles R. Ewen, eds.Searching for the Roanoke Colonies: An Interdisciplinary Collection
Reviewed by Ian J. Aebel
Kate TeltscherThe High Road to China:  George Bogle, the Panchen Lama, and the First British Expedition to Tibet
Reviewed by Peter Severud
Benjamin Schmidt, ed.The Discovery of Guiana by Sir Walter Raleigh, with Related Documents.
Reviewed by Gayle K. Brunelle
Daniel ClaytonIslands of Truth: the Imperial Fashioning of Vancouver Island
Reviewed by Barry Gough
Joan-Pau RubiésTravelers and Cosmographers:  Studies in the History of Early Modern Travel and Ethnology
Reviewed by Evelyn Edson
Germaine Warkentin, ed.Canadian Exploration Literature
Reviewed by Alberta Auringer Wood

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