Dr Catherine Delano-Smith, MA, BLitt, DPhil (Oxon)

History of cartography

Catherine Delano-Smith was Reader in historical geography at the University of Nottingham when she took early retirement to concentrate on the history of cartography. She co-founded the Maps and Society lecture series (held at the Warburg Institute) and is Editor of Imago Mundi. The International Journal for the History of Cartography .

Research and publications

Her research on early maps has been somewhat eclectic, ranging from prehistoric maps, map signs on early printed maps, maps and itineraries in travel, to the relationship between maps and their users, especially in the context of biblical exegesis from Late Antiquity to the Reformation. She is anxious to emphasise the catholicity of mapping, especially as regards the map image, and its connection with social changes (e.g. in learning and education).

Her publications include Maps in Bibles 1500-1600. An Illustrated Catalogue (Droz, 1991, with E.M. Ingram), English Maps. A History (London, 1999, with Roger J. P. Kain) and Plantejaments i objectius d'una història universal de la cartografia / Approaches and Challenges in a World-Wide History of Cartography (Barcelona. 2002, a series of essays in English, with David Woodward and Cordell Yee). She has contributed to the first three volumes of The History of Cartography (founding editors J.B. Harley and David Woodward, Chicago, 1987 ff) and is due to write for volume 4. Her previous work on the environmental history of southern Europe resulted in Daunia Vetus: Vita, e Mutamenti sulle coste del Tavoliere (Foggia, 1978, trans M. Tizzoni) and Western Mediterranean Europe: A Historical Geography of Italy Spain and Southern France since the Neolithic ( London , 1979).