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Map of the Month

The Renaissance cartographic genre of isolarii is one that appeals to every map lover. These Florentine and Venetian island books combined textual geography, ethnography, history and travel narrative with the cartographic depiction of islands. The islands treated by this genre were most often those of...

Adventures in Cataloguing

The JCB holds a great many works on this colonial history of Florida. The Siege of Pensacola, then the capitol of British West Florida, was fought from March to May 1781. Bernardo de Gálvez, who was then the governor of Spanish Louisiana, used forces from...

Map of the Month

This vibrantly-colored view of Cartagena’s harbor is one of four town plans created by the Italian artist Baptista Boazio to memorialize the raids on these towns carried out by Francis Drake during his 1585-86 voyage to the West Indies - the other plans, also in...

Map of the Month

To launch the JCB’s new ‘Map of the Month’ feature, we have chosen one of the most dramatic and decorative maps of New England and the Atlantic seaboard ever issued. Researcher-in-Residence Chet Van Duzer has been studying this map for his current research project on...

Meet a JCB Fellow

Juan Cobo Betancourt, Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Barbara, is spending his nine-month Donald L. Saunders Fellowship at the JCB researching and writing The coming of the Kingdom: the Muisca, the Catholic Reformation, and the Spanish monarchy in the New Kingdom of Granada...

Adventures in Cataloguing

Adam Lonicer (1528-1586). Kraüter-Buch, und künstliche Conterfeyungen der Baümen, Stauden, Hecken, Kraütern, Geträyde, Gewürtzen &c. Ulm, Germany: 1703. 

Comprising over 750 pages, this extensive overview of natural history was first printed in Latin under the title “Naturalis historiae opus novum” in Frankfurt in 1551 (not held...