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A New World Around Every Corner

By David Masello


Joseph Gonzalez and Ralph Magnus’s Union Square, New York apartment is filled with maps of Hispaniola and the West Indies. The living room’s treasures include a 1634 map by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (foreground, center left), one of only 10 in the world. Credit Randy Harris for The New York Times


Not unlike Christopher Columbus, Joseph Gonzalez is in search of the New World. And he has found it some 480 times.


That is the number of antique maps of Hispaniola and the West Indies that he and his partner, Ralph Magnus, have collected and hung in their three-bedroom apartment on Union Square. No wall, bookcase, support column or closet door is without an image of the 400-mile-long, 150-mile-wide island, which is divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Once Hispaniola was the center of the New World. Now it has taken over their home.

Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Magnus, dealers who own a business called Fair Winds Antique Maps, are happy to sell you maps of the Americas, Mediterranean and Holy Land. But they have never sold, nor do they plan to sell, a single map from their private Hispaniola collection. Not the Bordoni map, which was drawn in Italy in 1528 and, according to Mr. Gonzalez, is the oldest printed map of the island, nor the Rand McNally road map of 1939, nor anything in between.



Folding closet doors feature the “Wall of Death,” or images of colonial atrocities from the 1594 “Grands Voyages” series by Theodor de Bry. Credit Randy Harris for The New York Times


And be prepared to squint when you look at them. To ensure that every cartouche, sea monster and rhumb line remains vibrant, the men keep the Venetian blinds in their south-facing apartment drawn, as if for a permanent siesta.


For Mr. Gonzalez, the attraction to Hispaniola is personal. His father emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York in the 1930s, and his mother, who was born in a tiny Dominican town called Moca, arrived in the city as a tourist in 1941. “She was caught by the war, when travel anywhere overseas suddenly became difficult, and stayed here, and that is how my parents met,” said Mr. Gonzalez, who was born in New York in 1951. “At that time, there was a very tiny Dominican community in New York and ties were tight among the people. I grew up in that, and felt a close connection to the island.” 


The earliest printed maps of Hispaniola fill a guest bedroom. Credit Randy Harris for

The New York Times


It was only after the assassination of the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1961 that Mr. Gonzalez visited his parents’ homeland with his mother. As Trujillo’s regime was ending, the country experienced considerable violence. Mr. Gonzalez continued to make the trip every year, except for 1965, when the United States Marines invaded Santo Domingo amid the turmoil that followed Trujillo’s death. But once he started college, he said, his attachment began to loosen. Much of his ambivalence was the result of “that first-generation thing about ‘am I American or Dominican?’ “


Mr. Gonzalez recalled the moment when his interest was reignited through maps. He was working as an editor at Reader’s Digest Books in 1990, compiling a historical atlas, when he came across an early-17th-century Mercato r/Hondius map that showed Cuba at the top, Hispaniola at the bottom and three small insets of Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Margarita Island. The map not only reminded him of his forefathers’ home; it was a beautiful object he found himself coveting. Months later, when an edition came up for auction at Swann Galleries, he and Mr. Magnus bought it for $700.


Left: A plate from “Les Grands Voyages” depicting Christopher Columbus. Right: Detail of a rare Spanish map from 1755. Credit Randy Harris for The New York Times


As their collection grew, so did their hunger for rarities. Their 1634 map of the West Indies, known informally as the Blaeu after the Dutch cartographer Willem Janszoon Blaeu who drew it, is one of only 10 in the world. Their 1534  map of Hispaniola by Giovanni Ramusio, based on writings by Peter Martyr, is the first realistic representation of the island in print. Seeing in the intricately rendered land mass the shape of a “crab that appears to be eating something,” Mr. Gonzalez pointed out that early European mapmakers were forced to rely on reports and sketches from returning navigators. “What the mapmakers were most interested in was the coastline,” he added. “The interiors that show mountain ranges and forests are largely fantasies.”


Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Magnus met some 40 years ago at Juliuson on West 10th Street. They moved into their current rental apartment in 1977.


Left: An 18th-century woodcarving of Santo Domingo. Right: A wall of 18th-century maps of Hispaniola leads into the office. Credit Randy Harris for The New York Times


In hanging the maps, the men put the earliest and most historically important ones in a guest bedroom, with Dutch and Italian versions across from their French and English counterparts. The office contains 18th- and 19th-century depictions of Hispaniola and the West Indies, while the living room has a geographically broader range, primarily Dutch from the 17th century, which the men describe as the golden age of mapmaking.


In the small foyer is what they call the “Wall of Death,” with engraved scenes of dogs mauling slaves, traitorous Spaniards being hanged and Indians pouring molten gold down the throat of a conquistador. The images, arranged chronologically, come from a 1594 edition of “Les Grands Voyages,” a portfolio by the Dutch cartographer Theodor de Bry.


Mr. Magnus (left) and Mr. Gonzalez with 18th- and 19th-century French maps of the island. Credit Randy Harris for The New York Times       


As he approached the master bedroom, Mr. Gonzalez announced, “This is where the New World ends.” Hanging there was Mr. Magnus’s collection of antique maps of his birthplace: Hamburg, Germany.


To a visitor’s eye, the apartment walls appeared to be incapable of supporting another map, unless the owners were willing to remove a tapestry that once hung in Mr. Gonzalez’s mother’s house in the Dominican Republic.


Mr. Magnus was more confident. “We visited the Soane’s Museum in London,”

he said, referring to the house stuffed with the eccentric collections of the 18th-century architect Sir John Soane. “He has things behind doors and layers of goods, so that if you move one thing, you’d find many more behind that.”


After seeing that, Mr. Magnus said, a reassuring thought occurred to them. “We can do this: We can live with what we have.”


A version of this article appears in print on January 23, 2014, on page D4 of the New York edition with the headline: A New World Around Every Corner. Order Reprints|Today’s Paper|Subscribe


 William & Heintz Map Corporation Announces Partnership with NOAA
 to Produce Print-on-Demand Nautical Charts
William & Heintz

Capitol Heights, MD, May 22, 2014: Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, a specialist in map printing, production and folding is pleased to announce that they are now certified to print the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Print-on-Demand Charts, (NOAA POD Charts). NOAA has authorized Williams & Heintz Map Corporation to sell NOAA’s paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them or “on demand.” The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase.


Williams & Heintz Map offers the POD charts on two paper types:

  • 24 lb. JCP E-20 High Wet Strength Map Paper, a white paper with a lithographic finish that is made to be used out in the elements. This economical paper is fully functional even when wet.
  • 36 lb. JCP E-50 Chart Paper genuine 50% cotton nautical chart paper, the same kind of paper as the lithographically printed charts that mariners are accustomed too.

If you like the look and feel of the now out-of-print lithographic NOAA charts, this is the paper for you,” said Holly Heintz Budd, President and CEO of Williams & Heintz Map Corporation. “We are excited to be expanding into Print-on-Demand.”


Williams & Heintz Map Corporation has been printing maps for entrepreneurs, government agencies and map publishers since 1921. They combine industry leading knowledge and customer service with the highest quality pre-press, printing, and folding.


The paper charts sold by the NOAA-certified printing agents meet carriage requirements for ships covered by Safety of Life at Sea regulations, specified in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations. All charts sold by NOAA-certified agents are NOAA charts, and fully meet navigational standards.


NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation’s nautical chartmaker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation.  


For additional information about Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, please visit


For additional information about Williams & Heintz Map POD Charts, please visit


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Rear Adm. Gerd Glang certifies Williams & Heintz Map Corporation as a new print-on-demand chart agent after inspecting the company’s sample chart.



New App from Princeton
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World


Hailed by the New York Times as “the best geography of the ancient world ever achieved” and deemed by classicist Bernard Knox to be “an indispensable tool for historians concerned with ancient times” as well as “a source of great pleasure for the amateur,” the unsurpassed Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World is now available in digital form as a full-featured app for the iPad. Including all the content of the print edition of the Barrington Atlas, the app makes this essential reference work more portable and affordable than ever before possible.

* Carry all the content of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World on your iPad
* Explore and study on the go with interactive color maps and full-screen HD map images-all optimized for Retina Display
* Navigate maps with a finger swipe or tap
* Pinch-zoom up to 800 percent to see all detail
* Find more than 20,000 locations through an interactive gazetteer
* Bookmark locations for quick and easy access
* See all maps in proper orientation in both portrait and landscape modes through automatic “True North” rotation
* Look at maps in the same order as the book and move seamlessly between connected map plates without flipping pages
* View ancient borders or overlay modern borders for reference
* Examine maps in detail with an interactive map key
* Access maps through multiple, intuitive pathways provided by an easy-to-use interface
* Store all data locally on your iPad-no Wi-Fi or network connection necessary

Technical Specifications:
* Compatible with iPad 2 and above
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
* Size: 350 MB
* Rating: Rated 4+

App: $19.99 | £13.99

Watch the App Trailer:



Comprehending Distance and Area


By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM
National Geographic Society’s Newswatch, David Braun, Senior Editor


Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts.


One of the factors in geographic illiteracy among children is that education institutions do a poor job of helping them develop the technique of using spatial “yardsticks” to compare distances and areas. For examples, how far is a mile? How large is an acre? How does the size of your state compare with Iraq or Israel?


The answers to these questions provide geographic calibration for all of us, allowing us to compare distances between places and the size of places. This technique is critical to analyzing many world, country, state, local and personal issues.


In some modern societies, time also is used to measure distances. Travel time, as in miles per hour, however, still relies on understanding standard measurements of distance. So a one-way, 20-minute commute at an average speed of 30 miles per hour would translate into 10 miles, an easy calculation.


The first step in distance or area calibration is to have comparable references, or benchmarks, against which to calculate and compare. For example, one mile is equal to 5,280 feet, or about the distance that a healthy adult can comfortably walk in 20 minutes at a moderate pace over level ground.


The road distance from Los Angeles to New York City is 2,763 miles. Most Interstate highways allow speeds of 65 to 75 mph, but given traffic and refueling stops, most long distance travel will average 50 to 60 mph. This translates into a 10-hour Interstate trip covering about 550 miles. Hence, a cross-country trip by vehicle with daily trips of 550 miles will take about five days.


Long distance truckers regularly must deal with nearly nonstop, cross-country trips, sometimes with perishable goods, requiring two drivers to keep the rigs moving. In such cases, fresh vegetables from the West Coast can arrive in New York City in slightly more than 48 hours by truck.


Two standard geographic calibrations useful to Americans are acres and square miles. One acre equals almost the size of an American football field, less the end zones, or 43,560 square feet. There are 640 acres in one square mile.


Map by Geography in the News
Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic Society.


A common area yardstick used to compare places of different sizes is the size of a state in square miles. The smallest U.S. state, Rhode Island, has only 1,545 square miles, only about one-third larger than the average U.S. county of 1,160 square miles. Using North Carolina and Alabama as yardsticks, each has about 50,000 square miles. Of our larger states, Montana and California (147,042 and 163,693 square miles, respectively) are about three times larger than either North Carolina or Alabama. Texas is more than five times larger (268,581 square miles) and Alaska is eleven times larger (663,267 square miles).


Using our yardsticks to compare the sizes of other countries, Israel contains only 8,019 square miles, the size of only about seven U.S. counties. Iraq’s size is 168,754 square miles, almost identical to California. Neighboring Iran has 636,296 square miles, making it nearly as large as Alaska and nearly four times larger than Iraq. Afghanistan contains 250,001 square miles, nearly a third larger than Iraq or California.


The United States is the third largest country in the world at 3.7 million square miles, after Russia (6.6 million square miles) and Canada (3.8 million square miles). China has less total territory, but slightly more land territory than the United States.


Population density, arable land and technology availability are other important yardsticks in geographic calibration. For example, the U.S. population density is about 88 people per square mile. As a comparison, while one of the world’s most densely populated countries, Bangladesh has 2,850 per square mile. Less than 2 percent of American farmers work this country’s 18 percent arable land, but 63 percent of Bangladeshis are involved in agriculture on 58 percent of its 55,600 square miles.


Placing distances and areas in perspective is a very important geographic analytical capability, a capability in decline in our education system. Many people use the technique of comparing distances and areas intuitively. As a technique, however, fewer and fewer students are learning the basics of geographic comparability.


And that is Geography in the News.

Sources: GITN 859, “Distance and Area Really Matter,” Nov. 17, 2006; and GITN 149, “How Big, How Far,” Oct. 19, 1990.


Co-authors are Neal Lineback, Appalachian State University Professor Emeritus of Geography, and Geographer Mandy Lineback Gritzner. University News Director Jane Nicholson serves as technical editor. Geography in the NewsTM  is solely owned and operated by Neal Lineback for the purpose of providing geographic education to readers worldwide. 


The Most Commonly Spoken Language of Each State
 (That’s Not English or Spanish)

By Liz Klimas 


It is pretty much common knowledge that after English, Spanish is the most frequently spoken language in the United States. But what comes after that?


When you look at it on a state-by-state basis, it’s pretty fascinating.


Ben Blatt for Slate crafted maps that show a breakdown of the most commonly spoken languages in the country, based on information from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.


On a state level, though Spanish is the overwhelming second-runner up to English, this is not necessarily the case in every state. French, German and a couple others have made their mark as well.



Check out Blatt’s full post on Slate to see more of his maps. The Census Bureau estimates that Spanish speakers in the United States could grow to 43 million by 2020, up from 38 million who already reported speaking the language in 2012.


Millennium House Publisher of Earth Platinum / The British Library


The British Library has decided to satisfy requests to view its’ copy of Earth Platinum, whilst minimizing the resource required to move it and in order to preserve the original. The Library have decided to retrieve the atlas once a year and put it on display in the Maps Reading Room for researchers. This year it will be available for study between Wednesday 23rd July and Tuesday 29th July. The Atlas will not be displayed again until mid-2015.

If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need to register for a British Library reader pass in order to access the reading room. Details on how to apply, including what forms of identification to bring along, can be found at agreeing to the terms of use, pass holders also agree not to take photographs, which is prohibited in reading rooms. 


Please take this once a year gift to view Earth Platinum and advise others who may   also be interested. 



GeoPlanner for ArcGIS Enables Resilient Design


Redlands, California- Esri recently released a web app called GeoPlanner for ArcGISthat brings the power of geodesign to land-based planning. GeoPlanner for ArcGIS is a JavaScript-based application that requires no plug-ins and has been designed to run in web browsers on both desktop and standard-sized tablet devices supporting a minimum 1024 x 768 resolution.


GeoPlanner for ArcGISincorporates each aspect of a complete planning workflow-project creation, data identification, comparative analysis, and reporting-into a single web-based application. The app helps planners from a wide range of industries create and report on alternative planning scenarios to make geographically informed decisions.


GeoPlanner for ArcGIS comes with several ready-to-use planning templates for land-use planning, special event planning, and more, and it can be easily configured using ArcGIS for Desktop to meet the needs of your specific industry or organization.


You can purchase the GeoPlanner for ArcGIS app from ArcGIS Marketplace. You will need an ArcGIS Online subscription or a trial account to start using the app.


People outside the United States should contact Esri Offices in their area.


Press Information:
Matthew DeMeritt, Esri
Tel.: 909-793-2853, extension 1-2930
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Avenza Releases MAPublisher 9.4 for Adobe Illustrator

Enhanced cartography tools to create high-quality maps made even easier


    Avenza Systems Inc. 

    124 Merton Street, Suite 400
    Toronto, ON M4S 2Z2
     416. 487.5116

    Toronto, ON, May 5, 2014 – Avenza
    Systems Inc., producers of the PDF Maps app for mobile and geospatial plugins for Adobe Creative Suite, including Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce the release of MAPublisher 9.4 for Adobe Illustrator.


    This latest update includes new many features including streamlined import, support for additional formats when exporting a document to web tiles, and a new image attribute type to support images imported from the PDF Maps app on both iOS and Android platforms.


    “We’re excited to release MAPublisher 9.4 because of its continued evolution to make it even easier to create great looking maps with enhanced cartography tools,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “The enhancements and features in this release have been developed from customer feedback with significant improvements to import and export interoperability.


    The primary focus of this release is to increase productivity for cartographers and GIS professionals by enabling them to easily and quickly import data, create high-quality map products, and easily publish or export to print and digital formats,” he added.


    Enhancements and new features of MAPublisher 9.4

    • Streamlined data import: Import (formerly Simple Import) and Multiple Data Import (formerly known as Advanced Import). Improved interface provides additional coordinate system information and easier access to format specific Adobe Illustrator options that affect how data is imported.
    • New image attribute type to store an image for each record in a layer’s MAP Attribute table. Image attributes are supported when importing from the PDF Maps app (in KMZ format) and exporting to Google Earth (in KMZ format).
    • Export Document to Web Tiles now supports MapBox and Tile Map Service map providers. A new anti-aliasing option to optimize art or type is now available.
    • New ability to export a coordinate system file for non-geospatial image formats.


  • New ability to specify grid constraints to limit the geographical extent of a Measured Grid. In addition, a new option is available for ticks to follow the line at the grid boundary.
  • New file export option to assign metadata for TAB/MIF and KML/KMZ formats. The metadata assignment option allows layer attributes to be assigned to format specific metadata fields.
  • Improved preview quality makes it easier to see how settings affect the scale bar.
  • Newly designed MAP Layer icons and feature type icons.
  • Various user interface and performance enhancements to improve usability.

    More about MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator

    MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. MAPublisher tools leverage the superior graphics design capabilities of Adobe Illustrator to manipulate GIS data and to produce high-quality maps with accuracy and efficiency.


    MAPublisher 9.4 for Adobe Illustrator is available free of charge to all MAPublisher users with an active maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance users at US$599.


    New licenses start at US$1399. MAPublisher FME Auto and MAPublisher LabelPro are also available as add-ons to MAPublisher 9.4 at prices starting at US$399 per license. Academic, floating and volume pricing are also available.


    Prices include one year of full maintenance. Visit for more details.


    More about Avenza Systems Inc.

    Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools to make better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services, as well as the PDF Maps app for purchasing and using maps on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.


    For further information contact:

    Tel: 416.487.5116




    Russia Becomes the 50th Country of TomTom’s

    Global Speed Cameras Service 


    Amsterdam, 13 May 2014 -TomTom (TOM2) has launched its Speed Cameras service in Russia, making it the 50th country where the service is available. Drivers will benefit from up-to-date warnings of nearby speed and red-light cameras.

    This service will be offered to leading car manufacturers and app developers, who can easily integrate the world-class service into their systems. Backed by OpenLR* technology, TomTom is able to pinpoint over 3000 speed cameras across Russia.
    “Drivers in Russia are now better equipped to make smarter decisions on every journey, keeping to the designated speed limit and avoiding costly fines,” commented Ralf-Peter Schäfer, VP of Traffic and Travel Information at TomTom.
    “The launch of this service adds to the real-time information available to Russian drivers. TomTom recently launched its world-class traffic information in Russia, helping drivers avoid frustrating traffic jams and reach their destination faster.”


    Pilbara & Coral Coast 8th Edition 

    A regional map of the Pilbara and the Coral Coast (1:1,250,000), with inset maps and comprehensive travel information on specific regions on the reverse. The inset maps include Millstream Chichester National Park, Karijini National Park, Cape Range National Park and Karlamilyi National Park. Regions covered with travel and background information include Ningaloo Coast, the Cooler Coast, Central Pilbara Coast, Port Hedland, Point Samson Peninsula, Millstream Chichester National Park, Karijini country, outback Gascoyne, East Pilbara and Karlamilyi National Park. 


    Savannah Way – Cairns to Broome 5th Edition

    A touring map for the trip along the Savannah Way between Cairns and Broome at a scale of 1:2,200,000. The maps show 24-hour fuel, outback fuel and LPG as well as caravan parks, camping areas and rest areas. Popular national parks along the route are featured with detailed inset maps of Judbarra/Gregory, Purnululu, Kakadu and Boodjamulla. Also included are contact details for accredited information centres and useful lists of the facilities in national parks.



    Swann Auction Galleries Will Host an Auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History and Color Plate Books


    Headlining Swann’s June 3, 2014 auction of Maps & Atlases is an unprecedented 17th-century manuscript map of Kyoto as the capital of imperial Japan, mounted on a six-panel screen ($60,000 to $90,000).

    On June 3, Swann Auction Galleries will host an auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books. This will be the first auction for Alex Clausen, the new Maps Specialist at Swann.


    Clausen previously worked as Director for two New York dealers: Arader Galleries, a leading authority in maps and natural history, and Todd Merrill Studio, a purveyor in Mid-Century and Contemporary works. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and studied International Political Economy in the General Course at the London School of Economics. Clausen’s interests are eclectic, ranging from the mapping of Africa, Ornithological illustration, to the exploration of North America – most of which fall within the history of scientific and geographic discovery.


    Headlining Clausen’s first auction at Swann is an impressive manuscript map of Kyoto as the imperial capital of Japan, circa early 17th century, heralded as a masterpiece of urban cartography (estimate:  $60,000 – $90,000). Additional Japanese map highlights include a woodblock folding map of Kyoto (estimate:  $12,000 – $18,000), as well as a 1697 second edition, second issue  (estimate:  $20,000 – $30,000).


    Eclectic American items abound in this sale, including a must-have item for the serious collector of 19th century American maps: an unprecedented collection of U.S. postal route maps, which encompasses all contiguous states except Florida (estimate: $20,000 – $30,000). Also available is Robert Sayer and John Bennett’s 1776 American Military Pocket Atlas (estimate: $7,000 – $10,000), in addition to two lots of George M. Wheeler’s western surveys from the 1870s (estimate range: $2,000 – $6,000). A rare New York City highlight will be offered: an 1825 edition of the Longworth map of lower Manhattan, originally published in 1817. This version is inscribed to the Marquis de Lafayette, and was presented to him as a gift as part of the year-long journey celebrating the 50th anniversary of the revolution. This map may very well be the first to note the name change of Lafayette Place, now Lafayette Street (estimate:  $3,000 – $5,000).


    A noteworthy example of color plate books is John Fisk Allen’s Victoria Regia; or the Great Water Lily of America, published in 1854 (estimate: $20,000 – $30,000). This book is one of the most important American natural history books with color plates, here with an extra plate and presentation chromolithograph.


    For additional highlights, please visit Swann’s blog.


    If you are interested in more information about this auction, images or to speak with Alex Clausen, Maps Specialist, please let me know.


    Meghan Prichard

    On Behalf of Swann Auction Galleries


    High-res images available upon request. Please credit all images to Swann Auction Galleries.


    Bidding: If you cannot attend the sale in-person, you may place bids in advance via telephone, fax, mail, or e-mail, and Swann’s staff will bid on your behalf. You may also make advance arrangements to bid live by telephone during the auction. To make bidding arrangements, contact Swann Galleries at: 212.254.4710. 


    About Swann

    Swann was founded in 1941 as an auction house specializing in Rare and Antiquarian Books and is now the largest specialist auctioneer of Works on Paper in the world. Swann conducts approximately 40 sales a year, with departments devoted to Books, Autographs, Maps & Atlases, Photographs and Photobooks, Prints and Drawings, Vintage Posters and African-American Fine Art. 



    Swann Galleries is a third-generation family business. George S. Lowry-now chairman of the company-became President and Principal Auctioneer in 1970 upon the retirement of founder Benjamin Swann. Nicholas D. Lowry, the current President, joined Swann in 1995 as head of the Vintage Posters department. He was named Principal Auctioneer in 1998, and President in January 2001.


    For nearly 40 years, Swann has been located on East 25th Street, New York just one block east of Madison Square Park, at the borders of the historic Murray Hill and Flatiron districts. The premises doubled in size in 1999 with the addition of a second gallery and salesroom. 



    GPS Is Not Foolproof.  A Map Still Makes the Most of Summer Travel



    (NewsUSA) – It’s the season of sunshine and road trips — and if you want to get the most out of your four-wheeled adventure, you better pack a map to go along with that electronic GPS. “The best reason to keep paper maps in your vehicle, especially on long road trips, is because GPS isn’t always reliable,” says Cynthia Ochterbeck, editorial director of Michelin Travel Partner.


    Confirming this trend, a 2013 Harris Interactive survey of 2,200 U.S. drivers who use GPS found that 63 percent say that the technology has led them astray at least once by pointing them in the wrong direction or creating complex, confusing and incorrect routes. So, while it may seem that paper maps have gone the way of Atari’s Pong, they are still just as important as ever — not to mention many other benefits that you don’t get with some GPS devices.


    “One of the greatest characteristics of paper maps is that you get all of the details, [such as] points of interest,” says Ochterbeck. “Plus, you don’t risk getting lost when you lose the signal or the battery dies on your cell phone or GPS device.” Another benefit is that, in addition to printed maps providing efficient ways of understanding road networks that surround particular areas, the information is very reliable. Plus, new specialized maps, like Michelin’s Zoom Maps, are aiming to enhance the paper map experience. Most people recognize Michelin for its tires, but, unknown to many, it also has a 112-year history of creating maps and travel guides. In fact, it provided the maps that were used by the Allies for the D-Day invasion. Improving on this history, the new Zoom Maps offer seven regional maps for travel in the U.S., with the ability to zoom in on more detail in urban areas. In addition, the new maps have a “not-to-be-missed” event calendar for regions, in an easy-to-fold system so you don’t have to unfold the entire map.


    “Technology is great, but a printed map is one of the most important tools a traveler in an unfamiliar setting can have — the battery doesn’t die, it is easy to use, and it allows you to make decisions on route changes if necessary,” says Ochterbeck. “Even better, there are no roaming or data charges to worry about.” For more information, visit












    By THiNKNET Co.,Ltd.                                                                                        

    Open iTunes to buy and download apps




    * Record your trip routes and pin impressive landmarks with texts/photos/videos/audios.
    * Easily edit the saved tracks & points by Crop/Move/Copy/Merge functions.
    * Create new waypoints of your old trips by simply adding photos from your gallery.
    * Share!! Import/export Surveys (.SMX) along with their multimedia files via iTunes or email.
    * Via In-App Purchase option, Survey Magic supports GPX, MID/MIF and ESRI, Shapefile formats.
    * You can save a piece of map, In-App Purchase option, in order to use when the internet is not available or save internet usage fee.

    Survey Magic is the application that allows you to RECORD, EXPORT, and IMPORT routes and landmarks together with multimedia data directly to your iPhone. The product is meant for both professional survey teams and outdoor adventures.

    With a few touches, you can record the routes from your outings like hiking, jogging, or survey trips, and pin places, like your favorite restaurants, directly on your device. Along with them, you can take photos, record videos and audios, or write a brief description of the interesting landmarks, geotag them with current location and save them as Point of Interest. Geocoding and geotagging can also be done to the photo and video files chosen from your iPhone library.

    Survey Magic Basic Version allows you to import/export your trip or survey information in the Survey Magic file format (.SMX) via iTunes or email. You can back up your trip for later use or share your outing experience with friends. 

    Via In-App purchase option, it allows you to import/export the files in GPX, MID/MIF, or ESRI Shapefile formats. It also allows you to use map in offline mode. 

    MAP TAB 
    * Add a new Survey or select the existed Survey project to work on 
    * Add a landmark by selecting either the point icon or the photo icon 
    * Record a new route by selecting the road icon 
    * GPS route recording can run as the background process** 
    * Display/Hide information of other Survey projects 
    * See your current location, shown in latitude/longitude 
    * In the compass mode, the map will rotate according to the heading direction 

    * Search your track and point by name or description 
    * Show/Hide menu bar 

    * Search your Survey project, route or point in a Survey by name or description 
    * Merge or remove Survey projects 
    * Edit Survey descriptions and symbols 
    * Select and export your projects in TMX, GPX, MID/MIF, or Shapefiles formats 

    –> Track 
    * Show track summary such as start/stop time, total points, total distance, geometry size, and statistic 
    * Edit track properties such as name, description, color, width, and accuracy filter 
    * View real time track rendering when cropping a track 
    * Delete tracks in a Survey, and move or copy tracks between Survey Projects 
    * Simulate your trip along with tracking data summary 

    –> Point 
    * Show point summary such as modified date, latitude and longitude 
    * Adjust location of the pinned point 
    * Edit point properties such as name, description, symbol, and media 
    * Add/Update the point’s multimedia files such as photo, video, or audio 
    * Move or copy points between Survey projects 

    * The place to keep the Survey projects exported from Data Tab to transfer via iTunes or email 
    * The place to keep the transferred external projects from iTunes or email for later import into a new Survey Project in Data Tab 
    * Delete, rename, or compress your file and folder 
    * Survey Magic automatically transfers and opens TMX email attachment files in File Tab 
    * Preview map files and data fields before importing into a new Survey project 

    * Turn GPS on/off 
    * Set user’s default recording profile, e.g., GPS accuracy, GPS distance filter, line color, line width, units, and display options 
    * Set map view 
    * Product’s news and notifications 
    * Clear all Surveys’ data 
    * Load default setting 

    ** Please be advised that continuous use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease the battery life.



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    IMIA Asia Pacific Conference

    17 – 19 August 2014


    The 2014 IMIA Asia Pacific conference will be held at Rydges Hotel in Exhibition Street right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city packed full of attractions. On every street and laneway there are shopping, dining and cultural experiences to discover. Walk through lush parks, visit grand libraries and museums, take in a show, an Aussie rules footy match at the MCG or have a flutter at the casino, Melbourne has it all!


    IMIA Asia Pacific Melbourne Conference Sponsors


    IMIA Conference Website




    Welcome Reception  




    Delegate Satchels 





    Printing of Conference Book


    Sponsorship Opportunities are still available you would like to become a conference sponsor please contact Noleen Zander at for more information.


    Welcome Reception Sunday 17th August – Sponsored by Spatial Vision

    IMIA would like to thank Spatial Vision for their generous sponsorship and for their support. The Welcome Reception will be held at their premises – Level 4, 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne on Sunday 17th August from 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.


    Spatial Vision will also be hosting the first IMIA MapHack Day on 17th August 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m., please register now at http://imiaconferences.comSpots are limited to 50 and you must be registered for at least one day of the conference to access the MapHack Day.


    The Student Business Connect Session will be held immediately after the MapHack Day from 4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. This session is designed to allow students to meet briefly with prospective employers and have a quick 5-minute “interview.” 



    IMIA EAME / The British Cartographic Society Symposium



    IMIA EAME / The British Cartographic Society Symposium
    24 – 26 June 2014

    Marwell Hotel  Colden Common  Winchester  Hampshire  UK



    IMIA EAME / BCS Symposium Details







    IMIA Frankfurt Book Fair 2014



    IMIA Frankfurt Book Fair

    8th – 12th October 2014

    IMIA Shared Stand


    The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important opportunity for you to showcase your company and its products. Save money by joining the managed IMIA shared stand. 


    As a co-exhibitor you will receive:

    • An exclusive one meter wide panel or panels
    • Meeting area with tables and chairs
    • Refreshments
    • Exhibitor and trade visitor tickets
    • An invitation to the IMIA reception for your guests and you 

    If you want to showcase your product but do not wish to attend, then we shall mount your display.

    • The cutoff date for booking a space is 30 June 2014. 
    • Cost per panel – Euro 975 (Full payment with order).
    • According to your status, VAT may be added at 20 percent.

    Please contact IMIA EAME Executive Director Howard Hudson at or ring the IMIA EAME Region Office at +44 (0)1993 774519. You may also contact your respective Regional Executive Director for all details.  


    IMIA Americas 2014 Conference & Member Showcase




    Each year, our post-event survey shows that the Americas Conference is more than just seminars, workshops, and a trade show… it is an investment in maximizing the value of your membership in IMIA, developing new patterns of thought, driving results, and helping your business grow.


    Our goal is to partner with you and deliver solutions that help solve your most complicated needs. Our conference is designed specifically to help small  and large businesses gain knowledge by testing new products, improving technical skills and gaining insight into new mapping techniques.


    Nowhere else can exhibitors learn so much in so little time and at a reasonable price. The benefits far outweigh the exhibitor fee.

    • New techniques to help complete a project or learn how someone else solved a problem
    • Gain an understanding of what others are doing in the industry
    • The ability to expand your professional network
    • Opportunities to interact face to face with a concentration of experts and professionals
    • Learn the latest ways to promote and sell your product 
    • The value of collaboration with other exhibitors

    Act now and become an exhibitor. Read the major benefits for your company’s marketing program.

    • Complimentary banner ad on the new IMIA Website for six months
    • Complimentary half page ad in the conference program
    • Exhibitors acknowledged in the conference program with company description / logo
    • Exhibitors listed in the Events Section on the IMIA Website
    • Exhibitors listed in the IMIA Report
    • Two complimentary conference registrations valued at $1,250 are part of the exhibitor fee
    • Additional exhibitor registrations $625 per person 

    More benefits:

    • Registration includes: member showcase, 2-day full educational seminars, receptions, lunches, and annual dinner
    • Complimentary WiFi in Member Showcase area
    • Complimentary power outlet per exhibitor
    • Business Connect Session (Speed Dating) on late Sunday afternoon
    • All events (except annual dinner) will be held in the member showcase area for more face-to-face time with attendees and other exhibitors
    • Exhibitors will have an opportunity to make a 2-minute presentation on Tuesday at noon
    • Annual dinner moved to Tuesday night for more networking opportunities
    • Floor plan designed to give each exhibitor maximum exposure

    Click for:  Exhibitor Registration


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    IMIA Calendar of Events



    Earth Observation Exhibition in Sydney

    23 May  – 20 July 2014

    City of Sydney’s Customs House, Australia


    IMIA EAME / The British Cartographic Society Symposium

     25 – 26 June 2014
      Winchester, Hampshire UK

    Esri International User Conference

    14 – 18 July 2014

    San Diego, CA USA  


     IMI Asia Pacific Region Conference / Trade Show

    17 – 19 August 2014

    Melbourne, Australia


    Australian Esri User Conference – Organic Ozri 1 – 3 October 2014

     Adelaide, South Australia


    The Frankfurt Book Fair

    08 – 12 October 2014

    Frankfurt, Germany


    IMIA Americas Conference / Member Showcase

    02 – 05 November 2014

    Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

    Denver, CO USA


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