"THE PORTOLAN": JOURNAL OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
ISSUE 52 (Winter 2001-2002)
Issue 52 (Winter 2001-2002), consisting of 72 pages, including numerous
illustrated articles, was published in January 2002 and has been sent to
all subscribers and members in good standing of the Washington Map Society.
The honorees of the 2001 Ristow Prize competition are announced, and two
winning articles are presented. This issue features the research of
Dimitris K. Loupis into Piri Reis's Book on Navigation (Kitab-i Bahriye);
this is the winning article in the 2001 Ristow Prize competition. French,
Spanish, British and American mapping were all key players in the mapping
of the territory of the Louisiana Purchase; this is explained in detail by
Michael Kimaid, winner of an Honorable Mention for the article in the 2001
Ristow Prize competition. William T. (Chip) Reynolds, who was in charge of
a Dutch replica ship Half Moon in New York harbor with a crew of students,
recounts the events of September 11, 2001. John Greene presents the
thematic maps of Heinrich Scherer in a summary of his president's
presentation before the Washington Map Society. A society field trip to the
headquarters of the National Geographic Society: mapping is summarized and
proves that the NGS is moving quickly with modern mapping techniques.
Successful attendance at a map fair takes preparation and the following of
a plan: these are presented in "How to Attend a Map Fair." Members who
were there describe the Chicago area cartographic events of October 2001
and the meeting of the Texas Map Society in the same month. And there is
more. "The Portolan" is published three times per year; issue 53 is
expected to be released in May 2002.
CONTENTS OF ISSUE 52 WINTER 2001-2002
"September 11, 2001 Aboard the Half Moon." By William T. (Chip) Reynolds.
"Piri Reis's Book on Navigation (Kitab-i Bahriye) as a Geography Handbook:
Ottoman Efforts to produce an Atlas during the Reign of Sultan Mehmed IV
(1648-1687)." By Dimitris K. Loupis. This paper is the winner of the 2001
Ristow Prize for Cartographic History and Map Librarianship.
"'From that Last Point, the Line is Less Exact.' The Problem of Cartography
Prior to the Louisiana Purchase." By Michael Kimaid. This paper received
Honorable Mention in the 2001 Ristow Prize Competition for Cartographic
History and Map Librarianship.
"Maps with a Message: Categorizing the Works of Heinrich Scherer." By John
"Washington Map Society Field Trip to the National Geographic Society." By
A regular feature in 'The Portolan,' this is a bibliographic listing of
articles and books appearing worldwide on antique maps and globes and the
history of cartography. By Eric W. Wolf.
1. Washington Map Society Meetings, January May 2002.
2. Exhibitions and Meetings.
3. 2001 Ristow Prize Winners Announced.
4. 2002 Ristow Prize Competition.
5. "At the Edge of the World: Mapping Scotland" Exhibition
6. President's Note September 11.
7. "How to Attend a Map Fair." By Steven Ellsworth.
8. Chicago Area Cartographic Events October 2001. By John W. Docktor.
9. Fall 2001 Meeting of the Texas Map Society. By Bert Johnson.
10. Map Site Seeing: Key World Wide Web map sites.
11. Cartographic Notes. By Thomas F. Sander.
AUTHORS OF ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE
WILLIAM T. (CHIP) REYNOLDS is with the New Netherland Museum and Replica
Ship Half Moon in Albany, NY.
DIMITRIS K. LOUPIS is the WINNER of the 2001 WALTER W. RISTOW PRIZE IN THE
HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY AND MAP LIBRARIANSHIP. He is a graduate student in
Ottoman-Turkish history at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. His
current field of research is the Ottomans' perception of space seen through
geography, cartography and travel literature, on which he has published a
few articles. He is the author of a book in Greek under the title "Piri
Reis (1465-1553) and Aegean Charting. Ottoman Cartography and Aegean Lake".
MICHAEL KIMAID is the recipient of an HONORABLE MENTION in the 2001 WALTER
W. RISTOW PRIZE IN THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY AND MAP LIBRARIANSHIP. He is
currently a doctoral candidate in Early American History at Bowling Green
State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
JOHN GREENE, for many years its Treasurer, served from 2000-2001 as the
President of the Washington Map Society. While his principal interests are
US maps prior to 1860 and Northeast US maps, maps by Heinrich Scherer have
always been a favorite part of his collection and his research.
STEVEN VOGEL is Secretary of the Washington Map Society and a frequent
contributor to "The Portolan."
ERIC W. WOLF is past president of the Washington Map Society, current
President of the Society for the History of Discoveries, and owner and
chief of acquisitions of the Fiat Lux Library.
STEVEN ELLSWORTH is a regular contributor to "Blue Ridge News," official
publication of the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association.
JOHN W. DOCKTOR is past President of the Washington Map Society. He is the
Society's webmaster and a frequent contributor to "The Portolan."
BERT JOHNSON, past president and past membership chair of the Washington
Map Society, is a frequent contributor to "The Portolan."
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