Talks & Presentations

A Book Roundup

1. Author Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet) is speaking at Montana State University on March 8.

Larsen will explore the narrative power of both cartography and literature, providing a behind-the-scenes peek into the creation of “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.” Larsen makes the case that maps are not just wayfaring tools—like short stories, they function as highly selective cultural documents that tell a series of fascinating, interwoven stories, often as much about the mapmaker as the territory mapped. Twenty-five books will be given away during the presentation.

2. Long out of print and hard to find, Carlos Quirino’s Philippine Cartography 1320-1899, first published in 1959, is being republished this year in a third edition.

3. The 1973 Hammond Medallion World Atlas has been digitized and put online, available for your perusal in many different formats. Via La Cartoteca.

The Fourth Part of the World

Book cover: The Fourth Part of the World I had thought that all the books about Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 map of the world — you know, the one that first named “America” — would have come and gone with the 2007 quincentennial of the map, but I’d forgotten about Toby Lester’s book, The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name, which comes out next week. More information about the book is available on the author’s eponymous website.

Lester has been busy promoting his new book: his Boston Globe article explores how Waldseemüller’s map influenced Copernicus’s cosmological thinking (via Catholicgauze). He’ll also appear at the Library of Congress’s Mary Pickford Theater in Washington on November 5 at noon, and at the Newberry Library in Chicago on November 19 at 6 PM (via MapHist).

Here I had thought the opportunity to read up on Waldseemüller had come and gone. Maybe I should order a batch of books to read and review collectively.

Update, Oct. 28: Lester on the BBC News Magazine, focusing on the rediscovery of the last surviving copy. Via MapHist.

Previously: Waldseemüller Symposium at LOC in May; The Washington Post on Waldseemüller; Which Waldseemüller?; Waldseemüller Map Exhibit Opens Thursday; Upcoming Books on Waldseemüller; More About Waldseemüller; Waldseemüller Map Formally Transferred; Waldseemüller Map Stamp Issued; Encasing Waldseemüller’s Map; Waldseemüller’s Map Goes for £545,600; Auction of First Map of the New World.

The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map

Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map (thumbnail) At the University of Maine’s Folger Library this Wednesday, cartographer Michael Hermann and Penobscot Nation Tribal Historian James Francis will give a presentation on the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map. “‘The Process of Map Design: equal cartographic voice’ will be an opportunity to understand more about the trails taken by Thoreau and the Penobscot Indian guides who accompanied him, as well as the unique collaborative process that led to the map’s creation.”

Festival of Maps: Mapping Today

“The flagship exhibit at the Field Museum has closed, but Chicago’s Festival of Maps continues. The Newberry Library’s two exhibits are up for two more weeks, and exhibits at several institutions continue through March,” writes Dennis McClendon. “If you’re more…  •  Continue reading this entry.