Diary
Catalogues Received
Letters
Announcements
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The editors are happy to publicize all manner of events relating to maps, and would welcome being notified of such events.
Date
Event
Contact
Regular
The Oxford Seminars in Cartography [TOSCA].
Meetings are held at:
The School of Geography
Mansfield Road
Oxford
5pm
Sponsored by Sanders of Oxford (Prints and Maps) and The Friends of The Oxford Seminars in Cartography
Nick Millea (Bodleian Library, Map Section) 
Tel: 01865-277013 
Fax: 01865-277139
nam@bodley.ox.ac.uk
Regular
Warburg Lectures: Maps And Society - Lectures in the history of cartography.
Convened by Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library) and Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, London). Held at:
The Warburg Institute 
University of London
Woburn Square
London WC1H OAB
Admission is free. All are welcome. Meeting are followed by refreshments
Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library)
0171 412 7525
Regular
Map Society of Wisconsin
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, AGS Collection,  Golda Meir Library, at 7pm
Tel: (414) 229-6282
Regular Washington Map Society
Reading Room, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, Madison Building
John Greene
410 956-3165
maphunter@aol.com
Jan
20th
Warburg Lectures (as above)
Dr Yolande Hodson, F.S.A. 
Maps and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain. 
Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library)
0171 412 7525
Jan
26th
British Library, Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. 
'Libraries within the Library (Second Series)'. 6.15pm.
A series of talks on the history of the British Library's collections, sponsored by the Friends of the British Library.  ickets (£3.50, including wine afterwards, and bookable in advance) are available from the British Library Events Office (see right)
Peter Barber: For the King or For the People?  The creation, purpose and fate of King George III's Topographical and Maritime Collections. [What are George III's topographical collections and why did the government try to seize them after they had been presented to the British Museum?]
British Library Events Office (tel:020 7412-7222
email: boxoffice@bl.uk
Jan
27th
Washington Map Society (as above 7pm)
Emilio Cueto: Cuba in Old Maps.
John Greene
410 956-3165
maphunter@aol.com
Feb
4-6
Seventh Annual Miami International Map Fair
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida
Marcia Kanner at (305) 375-1492
mapfair@historical-museum.org
Feb
9th
Map Society of Wisconsin (as above) 7pm
"Show and Tell"
AGSC Staff and Map Society Members
Tel: (414) 229-6282
Feb
10th
The Oxford Seminars in Cartography [TOSCA]. (as above)
Ian Gregory and Humphrey Southall (University of Portsmouth)
"A historical GIS for Great Britain"
Nick Millea (Bodleian Library, Map Section) 
Tel: 01865-277013 
Fax: 01865-277139
nam@bodley.ox.ac.uk
Feb
17th
Warburg Lectures (as above)
Professor Charles Withers (Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh). 
The Social Nature of Map-Making in the Enlightenment.
Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library)
0171 412 7525
Mar
2nd
Washington Map Society (as above 7pm)
Richard Casten, Ph.D. Finding Clues to the Chronology of Virginian Cartography in the Mapping of California and the Pacific. 
John Greene
410 956-3165
maphunter@aol.com
Mar
14th
Map Society of Wisconsin (as above) 7pm
"AAA's Maps"
Tom Schreiner,  American Automobile Association
Tel: (414) 229-6282
Mar
30th
Warburg Lectures (as above)
Ian Mumford (Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading). 
Lithographed Maps - Art or Artefact?  A Round-Table Discussion.
Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library)
0171 412 7525
Apr
1st
Project Pont Seminar - New Lanark 10.15 - 16.30.
This seminar, the fourth in the series of Project Pont Seminars organised by the National Library of Scotland, explores a wide range of subjects relating to Timothy Pont's 16th century maps of Scotland. COST £15.00 per head  to include:  sandwich lunch, morning & afternoon tea or coffee
Project Pont, N.L.S.
maps@ nls.uk
Tel  0131-466 3813
Fax  0131-466 3812
Apr
5th
Map Society of Wisconsin (as above) 7pm
"Wisconsin's Past and Present:  A Historical Atlas"
Zoltan Grossman,  Wisconsin Cartographer's Guild
Tel: (414) 229-6282
Apr
27th
Washington Map Society (as above 7pm)
Richard Talbert, W. R.  Kenan, Jr. The Greek and Roman world from 1000 B.C. through 640 A.D. as described through maps.
John Greene
410 956-3165
maphunter@aol.com
May
4th
Warburg Lectures (as above)
Sarah Tyacke (Keeper, Public Record Office).
Charting the East Indies before Amboyna (1621).
Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library)
0171 412 7525
May
18th
Warburg Lectures (as above)
Dr Jim Egan (Department of English, Brown University, Providence).
'From India's Savage Plain':  Maps from Eighteenth-Century Georgia and the Colonial American South.
Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library)
0171 412 7525
May
25th
The Oxford Seminars in Cartography [TOSCA]. (as above)
Ralph Hyde (London Guildhall Library)
"Parish Maps of London, 1686-1900: Recording an Overlooked Source"
Nick Millea (Bodleian Library, Map Section) 
Tel: 01865-277013 
Fax: 01865-277139
nam@bodley.ox.ac.uk
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Catalogues Received
On-line Catalogues
Richard B. Arkway, Inc
2nd February
Revised web catalogue
J.A.L.Franks
11th January
Revised web catalogue
Lee Jackson
27th January
Revised web catalogue
Tooley Adams & Co
19th November
Latest Acquisitions, including maps from the Bertius atlas of 1612, and also from Zatta and Ortelius.
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Letters
Please direct any replies to MapForum.Com
mapforum@btinternet.com
Any unpublished letters will be forwarded to the original correspondent
Dear Editor

First, many thanks for identifying for me the Mercator map in Issue 8.  I was pleased to find it confirmed my suspicions and boosted my ego!

In the April issue of your magazine you published an article by Debbie Hall - 'Wall Tiles and Free Parking' which referred to the maps smuggled to prisoners of war in Germany.  Recently, I visited the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick and found on display three such maps and a hollow pencil in which the maps were enclosed.  Apparently they also managed to include a compass in the pencil under the eraser.  The pencils were stamped with a secret code denoting which map was contained within. 

Brian Cordon
The Editor:  An interesting addenda to our article, for which we are extremely grateful.

Dear Editor

I have been having trouble finding any information on the net concering Paolo Santini (1729-1793). His name appears on my Guillaume De L'Isle map "Carte De Sicile" Any ideas??? 

Thank you, Bob
The Editor: The map referred to is: 

CARTE DE L'ISLE ET ROYAUME DE SICILE PAR GUILLAUME DELISLES de l'Academie R.l des Sciences. A VENISE Par P. Santini 1779. 

The map was first published in Santini's 'ATLAS UNIVERSEL DRESSE SUR LES MEILLEURES CARTES MODERNES 1776. A VENISE Chez P. Santini rue S.t Justine.'  The atlas is effectively an Italian copy of the Robert de Vaugondy 'Atlas Universel', and contains 123 maps, variously dated 1775 to 1780.  The atlas was reprinted in 1784 by Remondini, which gives a relatively short career span for Santini. 

However, P. does not stand for 'Paolo', but seems to be an abbreviation for 'Pere' or Father.  Santini's Christian name was actually Francois.  Although he used Francois infrequently on the maps, the name does appears on the two maps of the World, Europe,  Spain, Portugal, and others, with the address as on the the title-page. 

'Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers' (New York, Alan Liss, 1979) inadvertently includes Santini twice (as Francois and P.), and suggests that Francois was working in Paris. 

Dear Editor 

I am new to map collecting.  I started about one month ago. I read your forum with great interest.  In Issue 6, under the "Auction" section, You made the following observations: 

"One of the features of the past view years is what had once seemed an endless supply of desirable material in loose sheet form has diminished rapidly." 

and 

"In the past two or three years the balance has started to shift in the opposite direction, towards the collecting of atlases." 

In your view, which one, loose sheet maps or atlas, will have better potential for appreciation in value? Do you recommend a new collect to start with loose sheet maps or atlas?  Will atlas have higher or lower value than the combined value of its maps if they are sold individually? 
 
The Editor: The answer really depends on how much a collector has available to spend on maps or atlases.  I would always advise that one buy the best that one
can afford. 

I think it clear now that the best atlases are generally selling either in auction or in the trade for more than the sum total of their contituent parts, and I think it reasonable to assume that this will continue, certainly in the short term, although it need not. 

It is becoming harder and harder to find material at the top end of the market, while customers at this end have considerable wealth to deploy for an items they particularly want.  It should be born in mind, therefore, that you are purchasing in a booming market 

There are problems with collecting individual maps of a particular region as an "investment", most particularly a dependence on the ecomomic and political health of that region.  In recent years, maps of some regions of the world have gone through "boom and bust" cycles, and even parts of the United States have periodically stagnated.  Thus the deposition of the Shah of Iran destroyed the market for maps of that region for many years. 

As to investment potential, it is a fact that historically speaking, prices for individual maps and atlases have increased over time. I have never, and I am not sure that anyone actually has, attempted to compare the growth in prices, and then relate it to the performance of stocks and shares for example.  This is partly that the notion of 'Investing in Maps' is a relatively late phemomenon, really emerging in the late 1970's [I would confess here that my father, Roger Baynton-Williams, wrote a book of just that title in 1969, although the title was chosen for him as part of a series rather than a serious attempt to encourage investment].  The vast majority of collectors, before and since, are aware of values, but seem
to regard this of secondary importance to the pleasure of searching out, owning and researching old maps. 

I am going to sit on the fence about the wisdom of treating maps and atlases as an investment tool, but will be happy to publish letters by those that do have an opinion.

Dear Editor

I am interested in obtaining an "art quality" reproduction of the Piri Reis Map.  I would prefer oversized dimensions.  I am not a professional collector, however, I do believe it is perhaps the single most thought provoking and controversial map known to exist.  Please advise.
 
The Editor: I'm afraid I don't know where you can get a facsimile, although I know Charles H Hapgood used one in his research for his book Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings. Perhaps you should contact the map's owners, the National Library, Ankara, Turkey.
Do any readers know of one?

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Announcements
HELEN WALLIS FELLOWSHIP AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY (2001)

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Closing date:  1 May 2000
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This annual, named fellowship offers a convenient and privileged working environment in the British Library.  The fellow will be treated like a member of staff (i.e. not restricted to reading room hours) and will be provided with their own work-station, with an e-mail account and access to the Internet.  In addition, the fellowship carries with it a voucher worth 300 pounds to be spent within the Library.

The award honours the memory of the former Map Librarian at the British Museum and then British Library Dr Helen Wallis OBE (1967-86) and confers recognition by the Library on a scholar whose work will promote the extended and complementary use of the British Library's book and cartographic collections.

Preference will be given to proposals that relate to the Library's collections and have an international dimension.  The fellowship may be held as a full or part-time appointment, and would normally be for 6-12 months.
 

For the *full* terms of reference please contact the undersigned.

[It would be most helpful if you told us where you saw this notice].

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Tony Campbell, Map Librarian
British Library Map Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

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Phone: 020 7412 7525   International:  +44 20 7412 7525
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Hemispheres
Imago Mundi
G.B.Manasek, Inc
Lee Jackson
Martayan Lan
Magna Gallery
Map Collector Publications
The Map House
The Neptune Gallery
The O'Shea Gallery
Jonathan Potter Ltd
Prime Meridian
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Henry Taliaferro
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READER SERVICES

IDENTIFICATION

The Editors welcome enquiries from readers on the identification of maps and / or for biographical information relating to particular maps

These enquiries are deemed to be for publication, and will be dealt with only on that basis. The Editors will not normally reply separately to enquiries.

Therefore, all enquiries should be accompanied by a good quality illustration of the map, JPEG FORMAT, 50KB AT MOST, suitable for publication, with dimensions, and, if necessary, transcription of relevant titles, imprints and so on.

Enquiries should be restricted to a single topic, and be suitable for publication.

The Editors will not advise on matters of value, but may be able to recommend suitable avenues for vendors or appraisals. 
 

DICTIONARY

The Editors are currently working on a companion dictionary to the history of cartography, and hope to be in a position to be able to issue draft sections in 2000, and would be pleased to be informed of obscure, or little-known, map-makers, engravers, authors, publishers or so on.
 

PICTURE LIBRARY

The Editors have access to a substantial photograph library, principally of black and white images, but also colour transparencies, and would be pleased to deal with enquiries for reproduction and publication

It may be possible to supply copies of the images featured in this journal, subject to copyright restrictions.
 

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