The Eva G.R. Taylor Annual Lecture for 2003 will take place at 18.30 hours on Tuesday 14 October in The Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. The Lecturer will be Professor Corradino Astengo of the Istituto di Geografia, Università di Genova, who will speak on ‘Mediterranean portolan charts of the 14th to 17th century’. There will be a small exhibition relating to the subject in display cases outside the New Map Room.
Professor Astengo, an authority on this type of charting, covers a subject close to Professor Taylor’s interests in navigation. His Elenco preliminare di carte ed atlanti nautici manoscritti : eseguiti nell’area mediterranea nel periodo 1500-1700 e conservati presso enti pubblici (Genova : Istituto di Geografia, Università di Genova, 1996), of 47 pages, is presently the most up-to-date and thorough published listing – with locations – of such materials. He has contributed the chapter ‘The chart tradition in the Mediterranean’ for volume 3 ‘Cartography in the European Renaissance’ of the multi-volume and continuing ‘The History of Cartography Project’. This Project is based at the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison and, since 1987, two volumes (in four books) have been published by University of Chicago Press of Chicago and London. They continue to be under the general editorship of Professor David Woodward FRGS, recipient in 2002 of the RGS-IBG’s Murchison Award “in recognition of seminal publications on the history of cartography”.
From 17.30 in the New Map Room – which displays one of the two complete exemplars known of Matteo Ricci’s 1644 (or later) world map in Chinese – a ‘pay bar’ (drinks and sandwiches) will be available. After the Lecture supper will be served in the candle-lit ‘Queen Anne’-style Main Hall at a cost of £22.00 for two courses, with two glasses of wine and coffee. For the supper please book at least one week in advance (stating if a vegetarian meal is required) with Mrs Gabriela Marques by telephone (44-20-7591-3084) or by e-mail ([email protected]). Francis Herbert (Curator of Maps) Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) 1 Kensington Gore LONDON SW7 2AR