Literary Selections on Cartography

No. 1: The Navigator's Line, with commentary (1992).
No. 2: A Treasure Map, with commentary (1993).
No. 3: John Donne on Maps and the Microcosm: A Sampler, with commentary(1994).
No. 4: How To Shut A Map, with commentary (1995).
No. 5: The Map by Elizabeth Bishop, with commentary (1996).
No. 6: Truth in Maps, with commentary (1997).
No. 7: The Map as a Metaphor for Access to Knowledge by Nicholas of Cusa, with commentary (1998).
No. 8: I have seen the Mappamondo, with commentary (1999).
No. 9: Carta Marina by Lucia Perillo, with commentary (2000).
No. 10: The Two Street Maps by Moira Roth, with commentary (2001).
No. 11: A Map of Time by William Oxley, with commentary (2002).
No. 12: The Map as a Repository of Memory: My Favorite Map by J. Brian Harley, with commentary (2003).
No. 13: Hymn to God, My God, In My Sickness by John Donne, with commentary (2004).

No. 14: The Moon Mapp'd: Imagining a New World, with commentary (2005).
No. 15: The Surveyor as "Madman", with commentary (2006).
No. 16: A Private Letter to Brazil by Gloria Oden, with commentary by Adele J. Haft (2007).
No. 17: Henry David Thoreau in Northern Maine, 1846, with commentary by Kent C. Ryden (2008).
No. 18: Votes for Women a Success, The Map Proves It, with commentary by Christina E. Dando (2009).
No. 19: Written with a Slate-pencil, on a Stone, on the Side of the Mountain of Black Comb
              by William Wordsworth, with commentary by Julia S. Carlson (2010).

No. 20: Map by Julie Cadwallader-Staub, with commentary by Marie Akerman (2011).
No. 21: Selection from West with the Night, by Beryl Markham, with commentary by Paul Hansen (2012).
No. 22: Looking at a Map, by Jacint Verdaguer, translated from the Catalan by Ronald Puppo,
              with commentary by Carme Montaner (2013).

No. 23: Brief Reflection on Maps, by Miroslav Holub, with commentary by Ellen Poteet (2015).

Literary Selections on Cartography

Published by the History of Cartography Project, Department of Geography, UW—Madison, from 1992–2015.

Broadsheets 1–3 and 5–11 were printed by David Woodward and friends at the Juniper Press, Madison, Wisconsin.

Broadsheets 4, 12–16, and 19–21 were printed by Tracy Honn at the Silver Buckle Press,
in Madison, Wisconsin, where Sarah Noreen printed Broadsheets 17 and 18 under Honn's
direction, and where Julie Copenhagen assisted Honn in printing Broadsheets 22 and 23.

Collection housed at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

For over a decade, the History of Cartography Project's limited edition, hand-printed literary broadsheets were produced by artist Tracy Honn, director of the Silver Buckle Press ( at the UW—Madison. The series was started by Project director David Woodward (1942-2004), who printed the early broadsheets with staff and friends from his home at the Juniper Press in Madison.

In 2016, Silver Buckle Press and its collections—which include a complete set of the 23 literary broadsides published between 1992 and 2015—moved to the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum ( This internationally-renowned museum, located in Two Rivers, WI, preserves collections and offers workshops on letterpress printing and history.

The move means the History of Cartography Project is not currently producing any new letterpress projects. However, the change has ushered in many new opportunities for outreach and education. The Hamilton Museum's initial plans include establishing a Silver Buckle Press residency for qualified printers, giving pre-scheduled tours, and making the collection available for instruction in hand composition, fine printing, and book arts. We eventually hope it will be possible to resume the design and printing of "Literary Selections on Cartography." 

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Last Updated: 25 January 2016.