ABAA Boston Book Fair October 27 - 29, 2023
October 27, Friday, 4 p.m.. to 8 p.m., (please contact me for a courtesy admission ticket)
October 28, Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.
October 29, Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Hynes Convention Center, Hall A
900 Boylston Street
Please visit us at Booth 428.
ABAA Pasadena, California 55th International Antiquarian Book Fair, Feb. 10-12, 2023
ABAA 44th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, November 11-13, 2022
I have been writing! The California Map Society, in its journal Calafia has published a series of four articles that I have written titled "Hiding in Plain Sight" that suggest a way to read maps to discover themes that are present in the map upon discovering elements that are printed in a map as secondary text or symbols and discoverable with a close reading and critical eye. Each article features a different American 20thc, 19th c. or earlier antique map, or reviews several maps which reveal their full story once elements hiding in plain sight are revealed. Three of these articles are posted below. The fourth article, about a Butte, Montana copper mining claims map and the social history it reveals about the people who settled in Butte in the mid to late 19th c. is now live on the California Map Society web site and the article is printed in the September, 2022 issue of Calafia. Each of my articles also identifies historic American themes that belong to the American social continuum from the founding of the country, in some instances and certainly from the era of the subject map to our times. For example, maps reveal the stresses created by social or political change; the images of a city in art and maps as a precursor to ideas in contemporary American urban planning - or as a foil for what contemporary American "urban planning" has omitted or discarded; and American ethnic, religious or racial relations. A land use theme discussed in the Butte, Montana copper mining claims map is how the law's definition of land interests as "real estate" and "private property" drive how American maps may be drawn even when much of that landscape is publicly used and at the surface, owned.
On November 5, 2022 the California Map Society held its membership Fall Conference, in which I participated (via zoom) in a panel discussion on map collecting. The California Map Society web site has full speaker and program details.
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