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"THE PORTOLAN": JOURNAL OF THE WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
ISSUE 67 (Winter 2006)
Issue 67 (Winter 2006), consisting of 72 pages, was published in December
2006 and has been sent to all subscribers and members in good standing of
the Washington Map Society. Copies are available for purchase.
PARTICK MCLAUGHLIN discusses American map experts at the Paris Peace
Conference of 1919. GENE SCHEEL describes an exhibition of
extremely rare Thai maps in Bangkok. CYRUS ALA’I reviews 450 years
of maps of Persia. JOEL KOVARSKY and MARYKE BARBER relate the
difficulties in correctly cataloging antique maps. IAN BURNETTE
reveals many of the maps used to entice and serve gold rush prospectors
on their way to the Klondike. RODNEY SHIRLEY’s ten key points for
map collectors is shared. JOHN DOCKTOR describes the first ten
years of the WMS website. BERT JOHNSON provides an update on the July
2007 ICHC meeting in Berne, Switzerland. The winner and honorary mention
papers for the 2006 Ristow Prize Competition are announced. Two
books are reviewed. And there is more. "The Portolan" is
published three times per year; issue 68 is due for release in April
CONTENTS OF ISSUE 67 – Winter 2006
“Mapping the Peace: American Cartographers and Statemakers at Versailles”
by Patrick McLaughlin
“Royal Thai Maps of the Nineteenth Century” by Eugene Scheel
“Mapping Persia” by Cyrus Alai
“Rare Map Cataloging: A Case of Special Considerations” by Joel Kovarsky
and Maryke Barber
“Klondike Road Maps: Selling Comfort and Convenience on the Route(s) to
the Gold Fields” by Ian Burnette
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.
BOOK/ MAP REVIEWS
“Northern Eurasia in Medieval Cartography” (Reviewer: Evelyn Edson)
“Cartographies of Travel and Navigation” (Reviewer: John Cloud)
1. Washington Map Society Meetings, January - May 2007
2. President’s Winter Letter, by William A. Stanley
3. Exhibitions and Meetings
4. Map Site Seeing
5. Letters to the Editor
6. 2006 Ristow Prize Winners Announced
7. 2007 Ristow Prize Competition
8. Ten Key Points for Map Collectors, by Rodney Shirley
9. WMS Annual Business Meeting, April 20, 2006, by Steven J.
10. Tenth Anniversary of
John W. Docktor
11. 22nd ICHC Takes Shape in Berne by Bert Johnson
12. Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Kris Butler, Bert Johnson,
13. Cartographic Notes, by Thomas F. Sander
AUTHORS OF ARTICLES AND REVIEWS IN THIS ISSUE
CYRUS ALA’I is a renowned researcher and author on the mapping of
MARYKE BARBER is the Government Documents & Media Collections
Coordinator at the library of Hollins University.
IAN BURNETTE is Territorial Archivist at the Yukon Archives in
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
JOHN CLOUD is a geographer at the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric
JOHN DOCKTOR is webmaster of the WMS and first Interim President of the
Council of North American Map Societies.
EVELYN EDSON, recently retired from Piedmont Virginia Community College,
is a well-known researcher and author on medieval mapping.
HUBERT JOHNSON, past president of Washington Map Society, has attended
the last four ICHCs and looks forward to Berne.
JOEL KOVARSKY is the owner of The Prime Meridian, and a respected
researcher and author on topics cartographic.
PATRICK McLAUGHLIN was a member of the cartographic records staff at the
US National Archives from 1964 to 1975.
THOMAS SANDER is editor of “The Portolan.”
EUGENE SCHEEL has written nine books and countless articles about
Virginia history, and has researched and hand-drawn more than four dozen
detailed historical maps of Virginia and vicinity.
RODNEY SHIRLEY is a renowned map researcher and author.
WILLIAM A. STANLEY, President of the Washington Map Society, is Chief
Historian (emeritus) National Oceanic & Atmospheric
STEVEN J. VOGEL is Secretary of the Washington Map Society.
ERIC W. WOLF, twice past President of the Washington Map Society, is an
internationally recognized authority on the history of cartography.
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