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Issue #85 - Winter 2012


Waldseemüller’s World Maps of 1507 and 1516: Sources and Development of his Cartographical Thought, by Chet Van Duzer

British School Atlases: Shaping Style and Map Content, by Julie McDougall

The Library of Virginia’s Civil War Map Collection, by Cassandra Britt Farrell

GPS 1.0 beta, AKA Britannia Depicta… (or, Travel Commentary in Strip Maps), by Leigh Lockwood

The United States Map as a National Symbol, by John Fondersmith

25th International Conference on the History of Cartography Helsinki, Finland, 30 June–5 July 2013, by Bert Johnson


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.


European Perceptions of Terra Australis (Reviewer: Henry J. Steward)

Alte Landkarten (Reviewer: Imre Josef Demhardt)

The Lost Empire of Atlantis (Reviewer: J. B. Post)

The Black Book: Woodrow Wilson’s Secret Plan for Peace (Reviewer: Matthew D. Mingus)

Oxford Companion to World Exploration (Reviewer: James L. Newman)

Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (Reviewer: P. J. Mode)

A Washington Sketchbook: Drawings by Robert L. Dickinson, 1917–1918 (Reviewer: Eugene Scheel)

The Mapping of Taiwan: Desired Economies, Coveted Geographies (Reviewer: Harold Meinheit)


1. Washington Map Society Meetings, December 2012 – April 2013

2. President’s Winter 2012 Letter, by J.C. McElveen

3. Ristow Prize 2012 Winners Announced

4. Exhibitions and Meetings

5. Map Site Seeing

6. Ristow Prize Competition 2013

7. IMCoS 2012 was in Vienna — and the WMS was There, by Thomas Sander

8. Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Robert Berg, Wes Brown, George and Edith Piness

9. Cartographic Notes, by Thomas Sander

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