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Issue #77 - Spring 2010


Picturing a Networked Nation: Abraham Bradley’s Landmark U.S. Postal Maps by Larry Caldwell and Michael Buehler

The Forgotten “First Map with the Name of AMERICA” (The 1520 Apianus World Map: History, Census and Comparison with Waldseemüller’s 1507 World Map) by Don McGuirk

Postwar Cartography and the Struggle to Build (and Destroy) the World Picture: A Few Case Studies by Matthew D. Mingus Ristow Prize Winner 2009

Maps on Antique American Grandfather Clocks by Daniel Trachtenberg

A WMS Evening at the Folger Shakespeare Library by Hal Hardaway


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.


The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America its Name (Reviewer: Peter Porrazzo)

The Book of Michael of Rhodes: A 15th Century Maritime Manuscript (Reviewer: Richard Pflederer)

Mapping the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul (Reviewer: Bert Johnson)

The Writings of David Thompson, Volume 1: The Travels, 1850 Version (Reviewer: James Walker)

Miniature Maps of Malta (Reviewer: Howard Lange)

Juan Antonio González Cañaveras Planisferio o carta general de la Tierra, Madrid 1800 (Reviewer: Juan Ceva)

Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities (Reviewer: J.B. Post)


1. Washington Map Society Meetings, April – May 2010

2. President’s Spring 2010 Letter, by Howard Lange

3. Exhibitions and Meetings

4. Map Site Seeing

5. Ristow Prize Competition 2010

6. Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Patricia Seed, Stefan Shrier, Henry Taliaferro 7. Cartographic Notes, by Thomas F. Sander

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