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The Portolan

Issue #100 - Winter 2017


“Not Maps At All” – What Is Persuasive Cartography? And Why Does It Matter? by P.J. Mode

Beauty and Commerce: Central Africa and Virginia in Sir Robert Dudley’s Arcano del mare by Leah M. Thomas

Air Age News Journal Maps as Historical Sources by Jeffrey P. Stone

A Mystery Lake in Southern Colorado by Wesley A. Brown

ICHC 2017 in Belo Horizonte – An After-Action Report by Bert Johnson

Social Media and Digital Communication for Map Wonks by Leigh Lockwood

The Portolan issue #100 and the Washington Map Society by Leigh Lockwood


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 Joel Kovarsky.


-Early Dutch Maritime Cartography - The North Holland School of Cartography (c. 1580-c. 1620) (Reviewer: Richard Pflederer)

-The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence (Reviewer: Richard Brown)

-Frederick de Wit and the First Concise Reference Atlas (Reviewer: Edward Kirsch)

-Picturing America – The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps (Reviewer: Cassandra Farrell)

-Scotland – Mapping the Islands (Reviewer: Marianne McKee)


1. President’s Winter 2017 Letter

2. Ristow Prize Competition 2017 - Winners Announced

3. Washington Map Society Meetings: November 2017 – May 2018

4. Exhibitions and Meetings

5. Map Site Seeing

6. Ristow Prize Competition 2018

7. Spotlight on the WMS Membership –Jocelyn Coulon, Ben Olshin, Don Perkins

8. Cartographic Notes, by Thomas Sander

9. Tributes and Thanks to Joel Kovarsky, Compiler, Recent Publications, 2007-2017

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