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The Portolan

Issue #63 - Fall 2005


Contesting Spatial Order: Merchant Geography in Late-Ming China, by Yongtao Du (This paper won Honorable Mention in the 2003 competition for the Ristow Prize for Cartographic History and Map Librarianship.)

Early Mapping of the Pacific, by Thomas Suarez

An Annotated Bibliography of Reference Books for the Beginning Antiquarian Map Collector, by Joel Kovarsky

Missa de la Mapa Mundi - A Cartophonic Mystery, by Bert Johnson


A regular feature in The Portolan, this is a bibliographic listing of articles and books appearing worldwide on antique maps and globes and the history of cartography. By Eric W. Wolf.


Rhumb Lines and Map Wars (Reviewer: Waldo Tobler)

Maps, Myths and Men: The Story of the Vinland Map (Reviewer: Bill Warren)

Atlas of Palestine (Reviewer: Bill Stanley)


1. Washington Map Society Meetings, September 2005 – January 2006

2. Exhibitions and Meetings

3. Letters to the Editor

4. 2006 Ristow Prize Competition

5. The Future of the Washington Map Society, by Bronson Percival

6. WMS Business Meeting of March 17, 2005, by Steve Vogel

7. The Voorhees Lecture Series, by Steve Vogel

8. WMS Saturday Seminars Continue to Capture Interest, by Ray Wolf

9. John Garver, a remembrance, by Bob Rhodes

10. Eleanor Abbey – A Charter Member’s Memories, by Bill Stanley

11. Spotlight on the Membership – Kit Goodwin, Jay Lester, Eric Wolf

12. Map Site Seeing: Key World Wide Web map sites

13. Cartographic Notes by Thomas F. Sander

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