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The Portolan

Issue #86 - Spring 2013


MapAnalyst and Geographic Information Systems: Keys to Unlocking New Paths of Research in the History of Cartography, by Thomas A. Weiss

Missionary Cartography of the Tarahumara (Mexico) With Special Regard to the Map of Ivan Rattkay, by Mirela Slukan Altić

In Nietzsche's Shadow: Searching for Roman Cartographers in Southern France, by John Hessler

Why the new WMS website does not have to be like your dusty toolbox, 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.


Mapping Virginia, from the Age of Exploration to the Civil War (Reviewed by Henry Taliaferro)

Seeing the World Anew – The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps (Reviewed by Peter Porrazzo)

The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments (Reviewed by Bert Johnson)

London – A History in Maps (Reviewed by Naomi Miller)

The Johann Ruysch and Martin Waldseemüller World Maps – The Interplay and Merging of Early Sixteenth Century New World Cartographies (Reviewed by Peter Meurer)

Finding their Way at Sea. The story of the portolan charts, the cartographers who drew them and the mariners who sailed by them (Reviewed by Bob Karrow)

Japoniæ insulæ. The mapping of Japan. A historical introduction and cartobibliography of European Printed Maps of Japan before 1800 (Reviewed by Dick Pflederer)

Jews in America – From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage (Reviewed by Michael Hirsch)


1. Washington Map Society Meetings, April 2013 – September 2013

2. President’s Spring 2013 Letter, by J.C. McElveen

3. Passing of Grace Burroughs

4. Exhibitions and Meetings

5. Map Site Seeing

6. Ristow Prize Competition 2013

7. ICHC 25 – Helsinki Update, by Bert Johnson

8. Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Peter Kroehler, Karl Offen, George and Mary Ritzlin

9. Cartographic Notes, by Thomas Sander

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