For over 400 years a simple patch hid a very important detail on John White’s “Virginae Pars” map, and some historians are now hopeful that it could provide valuable clues to the whereabouts of the “Lost Colony,” a 16th-century settlement that disappeared without a trace. The story of the map’s hidden fort quickly spread past the scholarly arena and was picked up by the mainstream news. We asked William C. Wooldridge, author of our forthcoming Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War, to share his thoughts on this discovery and what it might mean.
We were saddened this week, as was everyone in publishing, to hear that Maurice Sendak—the author of countless delightfully macabre, unforgettable books—had passed away at the age of 83. The University of Virginia Press is proud to have published two of Sendak’s books, both out of print now and prized by collectors—Ten Little Rabbits (1970) and Fantasy Sketches (1981).