Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 6

May 2004


Fig. 6 (l-r) John Docktor, Ed. Weber, Tom Sander, Don Hogarth, and Art Holzheimer

A paper written by Aldo Alvarez, “Geomagnetism and the Cartography of Juan de la Cosa: A New Perspective on the Greater Antilles in the Age of Discovery,” was selected as one the top student publications in the College of Geosciences for the year 2003 at Texas A&M University.

Robert Augustyn announced that last summer, Martayan Lan Fine Antiques and Maps moved to a much expanded quarters at 70 E. 55th Street (6th Floor), New York. He emphasizes that a large selection of maps is continually on display.

Simcha Bahiri reports from Israel that since his retirement he has been intensifying his interests in the broad field of historical atlases, maps in general, geographical discovery, and boundary determinations.

Herbert Beals writes “I am working with the Hakluyt Society on the publication of an annotated translation of the 1775 Journal of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. In addition, I have written three biographical entries (Juan Pérez, Junipero Serra, and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante), which will appear in the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Exploration.”

Sanford Bederman wrote a chapter entitled, “A Brief Memoir of the Geography Department at Georgia State University in Atlanta,” for the forthcoming book, The Role of the South in the Making of American Geography: Centennial of the AAG, 2004, Columbia, MD: Bellwether Press,

2004, pp. 151-165. Sandy’s course this winter at Senior University of Greater Atlanta was an old warhorse for geographers, “Weather and Climate,” and he is on the planning committee to help celebrate that institution’s 25th anniversary. He also serves as a Section Editor for the Oxford Companion to Exploration.

Jack Benson, SHD’s webmaster who resides in Switzerland, reports that his company, ammonet is now the new host for the website, www.maphistory.info. ammonet also hosts the Hakluyt Society site, as well as that for the International Antiquarian Mapsellers Association, and Bibliophile Bookbase (his own book search site). 

John Bockstoce has announced that his latest book, High Latitude, North Atlantic: 30,000 Miles Through Cold Seas and History, was published in 2003 by Mystic Seaport.

Fortunately, Philip Boucher is on sabbatical. If he had to teach, he could not do all the things planned for late 2003 and 2004. He will chair a session at the F.E.E.G.I. conference at the John Carter Brown Library; he will read a paper at the Omohundro Institute on Early American History and Culture Conference at Williamsburg and Jamestown; he will give the 30th anniversary banquet address at the French Colonial Historical Society meeting in Washington, D.C.; and he will chair a session at the John Carter Brown Conference on the Haitian Revolution.

After many years of teaching at the University of Connecticut, Larry Bowman retired on June 1, 2003. He wants to inform members of SHD that Antiquarian Catalogues 6-10 from Indian Ocean Books, Maps, and Prints can be found on his website: www.indianoceanbooks.com.

Roy Bridges continues as President of the Hakluyt Society which in 2003, published Bougainville’s Pacific Journal, Sturt’s Australian Expedition, and the Arctic Whaling Journals of William Scoresby. The second volume of the society’s definitive edition of Malespina’s Journal is imminent. It will be launched at the meeting of the American Friends of the Hakluyt Society in Spring 2004, which Professor Bridges hopes to attend and also be able to meet colleagues from both SHD and the Hakluyt Society. His recent publications include several contributions in Literature of Travel and

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