Issue number 4 is the largest issue to date, principally due to the two the largest single articles so far, a checklist of printed maps of North and South Carolinas, both in terms of the number of items, and number of illustrations, based on a private American collection, and a collation of the 1676 edition John Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine; of the 68 maps in the Theatre some 33 are illustrated here.

While establishing a format and style for MapForum.Com, we have deliberately constructed the journal around articles and other work written in-house.  For this issue, we are pleased to add introduce our first external author, Debbie Hall of the British Library's Map Library, who has contributed an article on escape maps from the Second World War, to coincide with an exhibition she has organised in the Foyer of the Map Library.  Since the move to the new building, Debbie has been largely responsible for day-to-day supervision of the reading room, but has now returned to her principal duties of cataloguing.  Other external authors are lined up for future issues, and will gradually be filtered in.

We are grateful to those people who have taken the trouble to contact us, with comments, corrections and additions to the various articles published so far.  Wherever possible these comments have been incorporated into the relevant place.

For the next issue, hopefully in place for the last week of May, we will start carrying a cumulative listing of the articles to date, and this will indicate what articles have been revised since first publication (and when).

The long term plan is to make the journal - in its most up-to-date format - available in some form as a permanent archive, and in the next issue we will solicit readers' opinions as to what form they would prefer, as well as a more general enquiry about readers' likes and dislikes.

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