Really too little time this week to report at any length – too busy preparing for my trip to Athens to give a paper at the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation conference at the Museum of Cycladic Art. Off in the morning. Our theme is Cyprus on the Crossroads of Travellers and Mapmakers and I shall be talking about three early British maps of Cyprus.
Making up the British contingent are Tony Campbell, former Map Librarian of the British Library and Catherine Delano-Smith, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London – old friends and colleagues both. And our own Ashley Baynton-Williams will be there too. Other speakers are from the Ionian University, Tel Aviv University, the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean (Madrid), the University of Cyprus, the Sorbonne, the University of Bucharest, the University of the Aegean, the Hellenic Open University, the Université de Rouen, the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, the University of Münster, the National Hellenic Research Foundation, the Library of Congress and the University of Crete.
Who knows what they will make of my paper? – which somehow and rather unexpectedly seems to be bringing together the various images on view – at least I hope it brings them together. Fingers crossed. “Swanning around, pretending to be an academic”, as a colleague put it earlier today. Treat the pictures as a puzzle if you wish. More next week.
About Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books
Laurence Worms has owned and run Ash Rare Books since 1971. He represented the antiquarian book trade on the (British) National Book Committee from 1993 to 2002 and has been six times an elected member of the Council of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. He was largely responsible for drafting the Association’s Code of Good Practice first introduced in 1997 (and its recent update), served as Honorary Secretary of the Association from 1998 to 2001 and as President from 2011 to 2013. He is a former member of the Council of the Bibliographical Society and continues to serve on the Council of the London Topographical Society.
He writes and lectures on various aspects of the history of the book and map trades, and has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, London, Reading and Sheffield, as well as at the Bibliographical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the Warburg Institute, the National Library of Scotland and at Gresham College and Stationers' Hall. Published work includes the compilation of fourteen ‘lives’ for the “Oxford Dictionary of National Biography”, a number of articles for “The Oxford Companion to the Book” and the chapter on early English maps and atlases for the fourth volume of “The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain”. Essays on the British map trade are also appearing in “The History of Cartography” published by the University of Chicago Press. His long-awaited “British Map Engravers”, co-written with Ashley Baynton-Williams, was published to critical acclaim in 2011. He also contributed the numerous biographical notes to Peter Barber’s hugely successful “London : A History in Maps”, co-published by the British Library and the London Topographical Society in 2012.