Monthly Archives: December 2014

Possession & Extrapolation: Herman Moll & Charles Wilkes

Herman Moll, Enlightenment Geographer Working as a printer, engraver, and geographer in London, Herman Moll made the acquaintance of some of the leading thinkers of the English Enlightenment, including John Locke, Robert Hooke, and Jonathan Swift. The Dutchman’s contemporaries held … Continue reading

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Accuracy & Extrapolation: Maps of the Caribbean, Ireland and Madagascar

Mapping and Mercantilism in the Caribbean Cartography in Britain, and much of Europe in general, revolved around naval commerce and travel during the early modern period.  Cartographers like Thomas Jefferys (1719 – 1771) created these maps within a competitive economic … Continue reading

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Housekeeping in 19th Century America

As the season changes from Thanksgiving to preparations for holiday festivities, cooking, cleaning and all things of the home are brought to mind.  Four 19th century books in the Burns Library’s General Collection offer fascinating glimpses of middle and upper-class  American … Continue reading

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