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Issue #105 - Fall 2019


The Man Who Mapped Siam: James McCarthy and the Royal Survey Department, by Hal Meinheit

Exercises of Imagination and Speculation: Mapping Northwest America in the Mid- Eighteenth Century, by Jacob Singer 2018 RISTOW HONORABLE MENTION

The First Map to Use the Name Toronto: Recently Discovered on a Three and a Half Century Old Map, by Rick Laprairie

Rising to the First – An interview with Dr. Paulette Hasier, by John Hessler


This regular feature, a bibliographic listing of articles and books appearing worldwide on antique maps and globes and the history of cartography, is compiled by Leah M. Thomas.


- Creating the Mediterranean: Maps and the Islamic Imagination (Reviewer: Dick Pflederer)

- Lost Maps of the Caliphs, Drawing the World in Eleventh Century Cairo (Reviewer: Cyrus Ala’i)

- Philippine Cartography 1320-1899, Fourth Edition (Reviewer: Hal Meinheit)


1. WMS President’s Fall 2019 Letter

2. New WMS Program Structure, Meeting Place and Events, by Bert Johnson

3. Washington Map Society Meetings: September – November 2019

4. Exhibitions and Meetings

5. Map Site Seeing

6. Letter to the Editor

7. Ristow Prize Competition 2020

8. WMS 2019 Annual Business Meeting, compiled by Hal Meinheit

9. WMS 2019 Annual Dinner

10. Library of Congress G&M: Recent Acquisition, Mapping the Way to Nirvana: a Burmese Theravada Buddhist Panel Carving at the Library of Congress, by John Hessler

11. Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Albert Ganado

12. Cartographic Notes, by Thomas Sander

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