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Dear National Representative or Contributor
As the Compiler of Chronicle, I write to you at this time each year. Although Imago Mundi now appears in two, half-yearly issues, Chronicle is included just in the second part (published in July).
It may be helpful if I repeat here the explanatory comments I have sent out in the past. To save you submitting material that has to be excluded, I state clearly below what Chronicle does or does not include. The most important point is that it is not an account of individuals' activities over the past year but a formal review under a set of headings.
Each of Chronicle’s six sections is concerned with the history of cartography, not historical geography, map librarianship or other related subject. There is no cut-off date for the ‘history’ of cartography; history begins yesterday. The important point is that everything should concern maps that are no longer current. The other general principle to remember is that IM’s readership is international, and information which is of only local interest would not be relevant. The sample entries given below for each section indicate the type and amount of information that can usually be included in the limited space available.
Two general points:
The various sections of Chronicle are arranged as follows:
1. PERSONAL NEWS
This includes: deaths, appointments, retirements, prizes and awards, research fellowships, and the award of doctorates. There is not sufficient space to include individual lectures and talks. Information about Festschriften, if relevant to the history of cartography, should be sent, please, to the compiler of the Bibliography (see below).
Olga Kudrnovská, Czech historian of the cartography of Bohemia and Austria, died on 13 March 2003, aged 85. Obituary in Kartographische Nachrichten 53 (2003), Heft 5, pp.241–42.
Willem Mörzer Bruyns was succeeded as curator of navigation (including cartography) and the library collection of the Netherlands Maritime Museum, Amsterdam, by Diederik Wildeman on 1 January 2003 (though he will remain at the museum as a research curator until May 2005).
Prizes & Awards: Robert D. Lukens, a graduate student in United States History at Temple University in Philadelphia, won the Society for the History of Discoveries Essay Prize for ‘Finding themselves in the Arctic: Samuel J. Entrikin and the Peary Expedition of 1893-1895’.
Research Fellowships: Xiaocong Li, Peking University was awarded a three-month Library of Congress Kluge Fellowship (2004-2005) to study their early maps of China.
Doctorates and higher degrees (recent): Gabriele Recker, Bonn University, 2003. ‘Von
Trier nach Köln 1550-1850. Kartographiehistorische Beiträge zur historisch-geographischen
Verkehrswegeforschung. Betrachtungen zum Problem der Altkarten als Quelle anhand eines
Fallbeispieles aus den Rheinlanden’. [Rahden: Marie Leidorf, 2003 (ISBN: 3-89646-025-0)]. [See a
cumulative listing of doctorates already recorded].
Please also tell me about anybody working towards a doctorate, so that I can add their name to the listing of Doctorates in progress, or ask them to send me their details. Thank you.
2. CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
It is helpful if a printed (or scanned) notice of the meeting is sent to the Compiler. Please include a note about any plans to publish the proceedings. The names of organisations should be given, please, in the original language. Again, there is not sufficient space to include individual lectures and talks.
Amsterdam, Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, autumn meeting of the Werkgroep voor de Geschiedenis van de Kartografie, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kartografie, ‘Indische Kartografie’ [Cartography of the former Dutch East-Indies], organized in cooperation with the Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig Genootschap, 5 November 2003.
Cambridge (Mass.) and Portland (Maine), organized by the Harvard Map Collection and the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, in collaboration with Imago Mundi Ltd., 20th International Conference on the History of Cartography, 15-20 June 2003. [For report, see Imago Mundi 56:1 (2004): 87-93.]
3. INSTITUTIONAL AND GENERAL NEWS
Anything of interest to an international readership can be submitted for this section, such as news of the formation of new institutions or changes of address; preparation or automation of a catalogue of an institution’s holdings; other interesting projects; the formation of a new society; a new journal, etc.
Please send details of map collections that have been digitised and placed online. However, those will be included instead on the 'Map History' site.
Bibliographia Cartographica. A cumulated author index has been published, edited by Wolfgang Crom: Bibliographia Cartographica: Internationale Dokumentation des kartographischen Schrifttums: kumuliertes Autorenregister 1 (1974)–29 (2002) (Munich: Saur, 2004), ISBN 3-598-20647-X.
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. The Center, at the Boston Public Library, opened on 8 October 2003, ‘to preserve, catalog, study and exhibit the BPL’s historically significant collection of 350,000 maps. These include European, world maps and atlases, as well as American maps focusing on New England, Massachusetts and Boston, from the 15th century to the present’.
Switzerland. (1) The Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) and ten other Swiss libraries have begun to scan the ‘Siegfriedkarte’ (the former National Map series) involving about 4000 different sheets/editions (see Cartographica Helvetica 28 (2003): 50). (2) The Bernese Section of the Swiss Alpine Club deposited its map collection at the Schweizerischen Alpinen Museum (the books are now at the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Bern).
Theft. The Biblioteca Nacional of Argentina reported in July 2003 that it had suffered the theft of more than 120 maps dating from the 16th to 18th centuries. See an article, in Spanish, from the Buenos Aires La Nacion newspaper, reproduced on the archive of the ExLibris list < http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/2003/07/msg00045.html >. The ExLibris list is a good place to look for information about rare book and map thefts.
Please list only those exhibitions in which maps play an important part. Virtual exhibitions are not included but please send the details, for inclusion in the appropriate place on the 'Map History' site.
If possible, please send printed notices or, better still, catalogues, to the Compiler. These will be passed on to the British Library. Entries in the Chronicle are listed under the name of the town in which the exhibition was held, so please make sure the town is clearly named.
Once the exhibition has closed, the most important feature will be its catalogue. Please provide details of any accompanying catalogue (e.g. author’s name(s), number of pages, whether it is illustrated, and its ISBN), as well as relevant web addresses (URLs).
Copenhagen, Royal Library, 25 April-27 August 2003. ‘Danmark på verdenskortet’ [Denmark on the world map]. <http://www.kb.dk/kb/dept/nbo/kob/danmarkskort/forsideramme.htm >.
Leiden, University Library, 4 September-6 October 2003. ‘Balkan in kaart: Vijf eeuwen strijd om identiteit’ [Mapping the Balkans: five centuries of struggle for identity], showing maps from the private collections of Harrie Theunissen and John Steegh. Catalogue in the series ‘Kleine publicaties van de Leidse Universiteitsbibliotheek’ 55 (ISSN 0921-9293, vol. 55), accompanied the exhibition.
New Orleans, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Williams Research Center, 1 June-31 December 2003. ‘Charting Louisiana: five hundred years of maps’. Catalogue, edited by John R. Hébert (430 pp., ills). ISBN 0-917860-47-0.
Exhibition dates. Those that extend into a second year will be listed just once in 'Chronicle', under their opening date.
5. NOTABLE ACQUISITIONS
This section features only collections, manuscript material, and rare, significant or bibliographically important printed atlases, maps, charts, globes, etc. Please include with every entry a compilation/publication date (even if approximate), a size if it is large, a diameter if a globe, and, wherever possible, a very short note explaining why the item is important.
Carta geographica que comprende los Rios de la Plata, Parana, Uruguay y Grande y los terreno adyacentes. London: G. & J. Cary, 1827. [Hitherto unrecorded London reprint of a Spanish map.]
‘Plan de la route de Paris en Bretagne par Dreux et Allençon’. MS, c.1770. [90 maps showing the route from Paris to Brittany, probably compiled by a French military engineer.]
Poole Brothers. [Record book of copyrights. MS. Chicago, 1897-1952.] [Poole Bros were important Chicago printers, primarily of railroad material. Many of the entries are for maps printed by means of the wax-engraving process.]
Zimmermann, Eberhard August Wilhelm von. Geographische Geschichte des Menschen, und der allgemein verbreiteten vierfüssigen Thiere. Leipzig, 1778-1783. [With an early zoological map of the world.]
6. UNUSUAL ITEMS THAT HAVE COME UP FOR SALE
Any entry is welcomed, but particularly when less well known auction houses or dealers are involved. This section is currently edited by Nick Trimming - nick(at)crouchrarebooks.com, and Kate Marshall - katem260(at)hotmail.com.
May I remind you that Imago Mundi, the only fully international journal in the history of cartography, depends for much of its Chronicle and Bibliography sections on what is sent in by you, its National Representatives and Contributors. The Editor of Imago Mundi and the compilers of the Bibliography, Chronicle and Reviews sections are extremely grateful for your continuing assistance. Without that there would be a danger that your country’s achievements would remain unrecognised in our subject’s journal of record.
Please give the titles of organisations in the original language, with a translation if you think that is necessary. It would also be of great help if translations (even if only approximate ones) could be provided for elements that are not in English, i.e. exhibition or conference titles.
Please include a web address (URL), for an exhibition, etc., whenever that is appropriate.
Please send material in an email or as a Word attachment, if possible.
Finally, there are two other ways in which we would value your help:
1. Bibliography. Stephanie Cyr (Boston Public Library) and
David Weimer (Harvard) would be grateful for a note of all relevant books and
articles recently published in your country. This includes facsimiles, but only when accompanied by
substantial text. It is essential that information is given accurately and in full. It would be most
helpful if you would provide an English translation of foreign-language titles. To see exactly what
is required, please look at the online samples.
The relevant addresses are: scyr(at)leventhalmap.org AND dweimer(at)fas.harvard.edu
The British Library Map Library is also grateful for offprints to add to its pamphlet collection.
2. Book Reviews. The Editors would be grateful if you can arrange for copies of relevant publications produced in your country to be sent for review as follows:
Thank you once again for all your help in the past and continued help in the future. Please email me if you have any questions.
Compiler of ‘Chronicle’
76 Ockendon Road
London N1 3NW
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