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The Portolan

Issue #62 - Spring 2005


Mapping Science and Myth on the Holy Mountain: Renaissance and Enlightenment Visions of Mount Athos by Veronica della Dora (This paper is the winner of the2004 Ristow Prize for Cartographic History and Map Librarianship.)

A Condensed Digital Travelers Guide: Web Resources for Map Collectors & Enthusiasts by Joel Kovarsky

Chinese Maps in the Library of Congress by Xiaocong Li

Rodney Shirley’s Ten Key Points for Map Collectors Early Detailed Map of Loudoun County Virginia by Eugene Scheel

J. H. Colton’s Territories of New Mexico and Utah by Wesley A. Brown


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.


Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers – Vol IV Q-Z (Reviewer: Eric Wolf)

Washington Through Two Centuries: History in Maps and Images (Reviewer: Dennis Gurtz)

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond; 2000 Years of Exploring the East (Reviewer: Howard Lange)

America Discovered - A Historical Atlas of North American Exploration (Reviewer: Charles Burroughs)

Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer (Reviewer: Joel Kovarsky)


1. Washington Map Society Meetings, April - September 2005

2. Exhibitions and Meetings

3. Letters to the Editor

4. 2005 Ristow Prize Competition

5. Last Call for ICHC 2005 in Budapest by Bert Johnson

6. Impressions of the Rocky Mountain Map Fair by Howard Lange

7.IMCoS in Denver – September 2005 by Wes Brown

8. Maps at Libraries in Brussels and Tervuren, Belgium by Thomas F. Sander

9. Looking for Maps on Stone in Washington by John Fondersmith

10. Spotlight on the WMS Membership – Golden, Hirsch, Poling

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

12. Cartographic Notes by Thomas F. Sander

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