Cartographic historians and collectors of 18th Century maps of what is now Virginia and the Carolinas love “wow” maps, such as the Churton-Collet map of North Carolina and the Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia. A few maps, such as Carte de la Caroline Meridionale et Septentrionale et de la Virginie, receive no love at all and are essentially ignored. Why is that? Continue reading
Renowned British map dealer, scholar, and author Philip Burden made an exciting discovery at the Admiralty Library in Portsmouth, UK. Burden discovered four previously unrecorded small charts of locations on the east coast of North America, bound within an extremely rare small atlas by Philip Lea. Continue reading
Hidden in Plain Sight – some remarkable maps of Wachovia/Forsyth County/Winston-Salem
A few months ago, I attended a lecture at the Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem. While there, I had the opportunity to see several manuscript and printed maps of Forsyth County displayed on the walls of the Archives. Continue reading
A Conference on Sir Walter Raleigh
Four Hundred Years After His Death
On Thursday, September 6 through Saturday, September 8, 2018, fourteen leading scholars will share their knowledge and current research on the life and impact of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?-1618). Raleigh 400: A Conference on Sir Walter Raleigh Four Hundred Years After His Death will be held at the Wilson Special Collections Library, part of the University Libraries on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The conference is open to the public but will be geared toward a scholarly audience. Advance registration is required. Admission is free, with the exception of the dinner and talk on Friday evening, September 7.
The conference is sponsored by the Wilson Special Collections Library’s North Carolina Collection and Rare Book Collection and the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Questions: Please call the North Carolina Collection at 919-962-1172.
Eighteenth Century South Carolina surveyor James Cook has been dead for over 200 years. Let’s make believe he’s still living and still surveying. What else would he be doing? He’d be suing several late 20th and early 21st century writers and publishers for libel. His case would be a slam dunk. Let’s examine the evidence of libel and then the facts. Continue reading
One noticeable feature on a select few Carolina coastal charts published during the last half of the 18th century is a row of trees along the Grand Strand, a section of coast now dominated by high rise hotels and condos. Who “planted” these trees? Daniel Dunbibin or Nicholas Pocock?
When the English shifted their colonization efforts north from Roanoke Island to the James River and Chesapeake Bay, they took the name “Virginia” with them. So what did they call North Carolina once they absconded with its original Virginia moniker? Ould Virginia, of course.
Theodor de Bry’s 1590 published engraving of John White’s map of Virginia was the first printed map focused specifically on what is now North Carolina. The second such map was published by John Smith in his 1624 book, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles... Continue reading
Have you seen the Land of Eden? No, it’s not in Mesopotamia. At least not William Byrd’s Eden. Byrd’s original Land of Eden was in North Carolina. Continue reading
Two auctions in November will feature a superb selection of maps de-accessioned from Colonial Williamsburg. Earlier this year, CWF acquired the incomparable William C. Wooldridge Collection of (mostly) Virginia maps, filling several gaps in CWF’s own remarkable map collection. However, the purchase has also resulted in acquisition of duplicate copies of some maps; these are being offered to the public via auction. Many of these maps are quite rare, of great historical importance, or both.
A selection of 60+ maps will be offered on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Brunk Auctions, 117 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Their catalog is on line. Enter Williamsburg in the keyword search window and click the “Go” button. The CWF maps are lots 1058 – 1120. The Saturday morning auction begins at 9 a.m. with lot 897.
There will also be a small selection of CWF maps in a December 5, 2017, auction at Swann Galleries in New York City. The catalog will likely be on line 3-4 weeks before the auction. Check their web site for updates.
p.s. A selection of nearly 60 maps will be offered on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, 2177 Green Valley Lane, Mt. Crawford, VA 22841. The catalog will be posted on their web site on or about November 1. I believe these are from a private collection, not from CWF.
John Mitchell’s monumental 1755 map of North America has a curious annotation in the North Carolina Piedmont. About 15 miles southwest of present-day Salisbury, one sees “283 M. Survey’d”. So what 283 miles were surveyed?
Westward Ho! Roanoke, the Map, and X Marks the Spot is a free symposium to be held 27-29 October 2017, on Roanoke Island, NC. The sympsium will focus on new information on Sir Walter Raleigh’s Roanoke Island colonies & the John White-Thomas Harriot Virginea Pars Map—with all its secret symbols. Continue reading