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The Portolan

Issue #57 - Fall 2003


Maps from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection. by Margaret Beck Pritchard

Map Powder Horns OR Powder Horn Maps. by Dan Trachtenberg

A New View of the World: John P. Snyder and the Space Oblique Mercator Projection. by John W. Hessler

ICHC 2003: An After-Action Report. by Bert Johnson et al

Quantico – Expanding a U.S. Marine Corps Base. by Eugene M. Scheel

Croatia – Returning for the Maps. by Thomas F. Sander

Quivira – The Legend and the Wine. by Henry Wendt

Texas Map Postcards Revisited: Much more than Ephemera. by Dennis Reinhartz

Online Gazetteers. by Julie Sweetkind-Singer


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.


Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem was Solved by Robin Wilson (Review by Dorothy Raphaely)

Les Plans de Paris by Jean Boutier (Review by Ed Dahl)

The A to Z of Antique Prints and Maps by Donald Cresswell and Christopher Lane (Review by John Docktor)

Mercator – The Man who Mapped the Planet by Nicholas Crane (Review by Fred Hadsel)

Petermann’s Planet: A Guide to German Handatlases and their Siblings by Jürgen Espenhorst (Review by Eric Wolf)

Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy by Andro Linklater (Review by David Ingram)

History Map: John Wilkes Booth Escape Route by Kieran McAuliffe (Review by Earl McElfresh)


1. Washington Map Society Meetings, September 2003 – January 2004.

2. Exhibitions and Meetings.

3. 2004 Ristow Prize Competition.

4. Maps from Colonial Williamsburg at the DAR Museum

5. Important Maps Gifted to the Virginia Historical Society

6. The Peak Gift of Map Stamps to the WMS by Paul Peak as told to Tom Sander

7. Spotlight on the Membership – WMS Members Kanter, Pritchard, Whitten

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

9. Cartographic Notes. By Thomas F. Sander

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