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Issue #73 - Winter 2008


The Reverend Thomas Wakefield: Unsung Geographer and Mapmaker in Late 19th Century Kenya by Sanford H. Bederman

A Glimpse into Vietnam’s Turbulent 19th Century by Harold E. Meinheit

Beautiful Symmetry: John Melish, Material Culture, and Map Interpretation by Martin Brückner

The Map That Bombed the Chinese Embassy by Walter E. Wilson

Navarrete and the Manufactured Columbus Landfall Problem: A Result of Ignoring Prime Cartographical Evidence by Douglas T. Peck


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 a Continent - A Historical Atlas of North America, 1492–1814 (Reviewer: Stephen Nagler)

Testarossa (Reviewer: William T. Reynolds)

America on the Map (Reviewer: Brock Covington)

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (Reviewer: Dan Trachtenberg)


1. Washington Map Society Meetings, December 2008 – May 2009

2. President’s Winter 2008 Letter, by Howard Lange

3. Exhibitions and Meetings

4. Map Site Seeing

5. Ristow Prize 2008 Winners Announced.

6. Ristow Prize Competition 2009

7. WMS Annual Dinner, May 2008 by Thomas Sander

8. WMS Field Trip to the Baltimore Festival of Maps, May 2008 by Thomas Sander

9. ICHC 23: Copenhagen Update by Bert Johnson

10. How to Attend a Map Fair by Steven Ellsworth

11. Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Rand Burnette, William Ginsberg, and J. Andrew Hutchinson

12. Cartographic Notes, by Thomas F. Sander

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