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Welcome to our website. We have taken the time to provide a great deal of information for the early map collector. Please note the pages constructed pertaining to general web resources, care of antique maps, and use of book search engines on the web. An annotated list of reference books for the map collector is maintained and periodically updated (see navigation bar under bibliography). Although not present on the navigation bar, we also maintain a Pathfinder for the History of Cartography and information helpful for Searching for Early Maps: Use of Online Library Catalogs. Joel has published numerous other articles pertaining to the history of maps. His recent book manuscript, The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision, is due for release by the University of Virginia Press in spring of 2014.

Joel intermittently teaches a brief introductory course in the history of cartography for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. The course is titled "The Roles of Old Maps: History, Art, Cartography and the Building of Nations", and consists of six 1.5 hour segments (four lectures at the Jefferson Library in Monticello and two sessions at UVa's special collections library). This course will next be taught starting in early September of 2015. Joel also taught two half day segments in the University of Virginia's intensive five-day Rare Book School course, Introduction to Printed Maps, which ran from June 14-18, 2010. The two segments were "Introduction to the Cataloging and Cartobibliography of Early Printed Maps" and "The Antiquarian Map Trade: Perspectives for Librarians, Archivists and Collectors."

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