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Catherine Delano-Smith M.A., B.Litt., D.Phil. (Oxon)

 Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Catherine Delano-Smith graduated from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, with a degree in geography and went on to teach first in the University of Durham (1964-1967) and then in the University of Nottingham (1967-1990), where she taught historical geography. The subject of her research was the changing landscape in Mediterranean Europe since prehistoric times. Her B.Litt. thesis was on man-land relationships in prehistoric and Roman times in the Garrigues of Montpellier, Languedoc, after which she concentrated on southern Italy, working initially under the aegis of the Society of Antiquaries on the Neolithic, Roman and Medieval Landscapes of the Tavoliere, Apulia. Her doctoral thesis was translated and published as Daunia Vetus: Vita, e Mutamenti sulle coste del Tavoliere (Foggia, 1978). This was followed by Western Mediterranean Europe: A Historical Geography of Italy Spain and Southern France since the Neolithic (London, 1979).

 Her interests in prehistoric settlement history and its environmental impact led to her contribution on maps in rock art for The History of Cartography. Volume 1. Cartography of Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean World , edited by J. B. Harley and David Woodward (Chicago University Press. 1987—ongoing). In 1990 she took early retirement to concentrate on the history of cartography and live full time in London. She also taught on environmental change in the (putative) Mediterranean Department, Queen Mary College, before being appointed, in 1993, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.  She co-founded the Maps and Society lecture series held at the Warburg Institute. Since 1994 has been Editor of Imago Mundi. The International Journal for the History of Cartography . She co-organises and teaches a course on the history of maps and mapping at the London Rare Book School.

Her research on early maps has included prehistoric maps, map signs on early printed maps, and maps and itineraries in travel. Her current focus is on early exegetical maps and the way the cartographic image can be styled to fit different types of readers and map users.

Publications in the field of map history 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, originally lectures given in English with David Woodward and Cordell Yee at the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, Barcelona. She has contributed to the first four volumes of The History of Cartography (founding editors J.B. Harley and David Woodward, Chicago, 1987 ff), and is on the Advisory Board for Volumes 3 and 5.

Contact: c.delano-smith@qmul.ac.uk or see Imago Mundi's homepage at http://www.maphistory.info/imago.html for a link into the history of cartography home page.

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