Da Vinci Museum Grand Opening

Professor Stefaan Missinne, author of The Da Vinci Globe, will be attending the grand opening of the new Da Vinci Museum in Italy later this week, on May 2nd 2019. Professor Missinne is very highly regarded in the Da Vinci world thanks to The Da Vinci Globe, which he wrote after a chance discovery at a distinguished London map fair in 2012 produced the most unique of finds: a distinct globe with mysterious images, such as old ships, sailors, a volcano, a hybrid monster, pentimenti, waving patterns, conic individualised mountains, curving rivers, vigorous costal lines, chiaroscuro and an unresolved triangular anagram, which remains an enigma. The globe is hand-engraved in great detail on ostrich egg shells, and was done by Leonardo Da Vinci himself. This inspired Stefaan to author a book about the globe, and you can find out more details, alongside an extract of the book here.

Below is the poster for the ceremony:

Da Vinci
Ceremony Poster

Stefaan has also recently presented at the University of Vienna which you can find out more about by reading one of our previous blog entries here. Alternatively, you can see the excellent academic reception that The Da Vinci Globe has received here.


An Interview with Francisco de Assis Costa

Pesquisa FAPESP – arguably the most important magazine for scientific dissemination in Brazil – has recently published a wonderfully in-depth interview with one of Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s authors, Professor Francisco de Assis Costa. Francisco’s writings cover a whole range of areas including history, economics, anthropology and more, but in his most recent writing with us – A Brief Economic History of the Amazon (1720-1970) – he has focused on economics, and more specifically agricultural production and the peasantry.

The interview itself provides a fascinating in depth look into Francisco’s life, education and professional career, as well as some of the key theories and observations found in A Brief Economic History.

To find out more about Francisco please read the interview here.

To read more about A Brief Economic History of the Amazon (1720-1970), and how to buy it, please click here.

Finding W.D. Fard – ‘A Masterpiece’

Dr. John Andrew Morrow’s book Finding W.D. Fard: Unveiling The Identity Of The Founder Of The Nation Of Islam has been reviewed by the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies in which it has been labelled as a ‘masterpiece’.

Finding W.D. Fard: Unveiling the Identity of the Founder of the Nation of Islam provides an overview of the scholarly literature related to the mysterious figure of W.D. Fard and the theories concerning his ethnic and racial origins. It provides the most detailed analysis of his teachings to date in order to identify their original and multifarious sources. Finding W.D. Fard considers the conflicting views shared by his early followers to decipher the doctrine he actually taught. Did W.D. Fard really profess to be Allah, or was he deified after his death by Elijah Muhammad? The book features a meticulous study of any and all subjects who fit the profile of W.D. Fard, and provides the most detailed information regarding his life to date. It also offers an overview of turn-of-the-20th-century Islam in the state of Oregon, demonstrating how much W.D. Fard learned about the Muslim faith while residing in the Pacific Northwest.

In this review Bilal Muhammad heaps praise on Finding W.D. Fard, even at one point describing Morrow’s writing as “get[ting] so close to the mystery man, that you can almost touch him.”

Read the full review article at: http://www.bliis.org/research/book-review-finding-w-d-fard-unveiling-nation-islam/

Meet our Authors: John Anthony Butler – April 2019

John Anthony Butler holds an MA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has taught at the university level in Canada, Nigeria and Japan, and has published several books on seventeenth-century subjects, including a biography of Richard Cromwell and a translation of Lord Herbert of Chirbury’s De religione gentilium, as well as editions of Sir Thomas Herbert’s Travels and Sir Paul Rycaut’s Present State of the Ottoman Empire.

His latest book is an edition of John Greaves’s Pyramidographia (2018), and he has also published a book of essays on little-known travel-writers, Off the Beaten Track (2017).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, John has authored Sir Jerome Horsey’s Travels and Adventures.

John described his experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing as wholly positive, chiefly praising the pleasant nature of our staff, the speed and quality of the publishing process as well as recommending us to other scholars.

“I am a retired Professor of English currently living in Canada, who has taught at universities in Canada, Nigeria and Japan. My areas are Early Modern Travel Literature, Asian Studies and the Intellectual History of the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing provided me with a chance to publish books which were out of the mainstream academic category, which for me is their greatest asset. They are most definitely not a vanity press, and the courtesy as well as the professionalism of their staff was very much appreciated during the publishing process, which was easy, pleasant and efficient, making the whole experience with them a positive one. They are able to produce an excellent-quality product within a short time (under six months), which should also be a recommendation for authors who need to get into print quickly in order to have material on their CVs. All in all, the experience has been very rewarding, and I would certainly suggest that young scholars give CSP serious consideration.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Sir Jerome Horsey’s Travels and Adventures. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2019.

Exciting New Publication: Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere

As the 2019 AFL season has kicked off to a good start, we’d like to announce the recent release of one of our most exciting new books: Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere by Roy Hay.

It is difficult to overplay the importance of this book. Roy draws on acres of experience and evidence from Indigenous Australian contributors to present a faithful and unflinching profile of the contributions made by Indigenous Australians to the game. He does not shy away from the problematic history of European colonisation and segregation in Australia. Rather he tackles this head-on to demonstrate how Aboriginal Australians overcame these trials to leave a lasting legacy within Australian football. In a society divided by identity politics, this book emphasizes the importance of a sport which, while divisive along team lines, brings people together.

For the entire run of the AFL Football Season we are offering a 20% discount on Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code FOOTBALL20 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 29th September 2019.

Interview with Professor Stefaan Missinne (c) Canale 5


Attenzione our Italian and Italian-speaking subscribers!


Take a tour of the Channel 5 Evening News archive to witness our groundbreaking author Professor Stefaan Missinne (The Da Vinci Globe:) discuss the discovery of The Globe at the Italian Art Fair of Parma on Prime Time Italian National TV (3rd of March 2019).


Click this link and travel approximately 28 minutes in to access the interview.


Prime Time. March 3rd 2019 at 20.00 on the Sunday Evening News of Canale 5 (Mediaset).



New Review of The Da Vinci Globe (Professor Stefaan Missinne) by map curator (retired) Newberry Library: Robert Karrow

Please see below for excerpts from Robert Karrow’s review of Dr Stefaan Missinne’s The Da Vinci Globe: a thoroughly well-researched and comprehensive biography of one of history’s most compelling artifacts.

“Missinne demonstrated quite convincingly that the Ostrich Egg Globe (OEG) was actually the original pattern (lost for 500 years) for the mold in which the Lenox globe was cast…And now, five years later, after what has clearly been a huge research undertaking in which he travelled widely and apparently spared no expense, he is back to proclaim that Leonardo da Vinci was, in fact the one and only author and fabricator. There is a good deal to be praised here: Dr. Missinne has obviously devoted himself to his task, tracking down many obscure sources, subjecting the globe to many scientific tests, and providing dozens of high-quality photographs of both the OEG and the Hunt-Lenox globe, as well as numerous color photographs from Leonardo’s notebooks and manuscripts. The microphotography is superb…The book positively bristles with documentation, as if every citation, no matter how little it bears on the OEG, serves to bolster the case for Leonardo as author…Dr. Missinne is a very lucky man…I’m not an expert on ostrich egg art, but I’ve looked at a great many early maps and to my curatorial eye, it “looks right.” I see no explanation for the uncanny concordance of the OEG and the Lenox globe other than a cast made directly from the OEG before the halves of the egg were cemented together. I even find the argument for Leonardo’s authorship pretty convincing, especially given his known experiments with casting metals and the extraordinary depiction of waves (quite unlike the water on any other map I know of, and reminiscent of his other depictions of water and human hair).” 

– Robert W. Karrow Jr, map currator (retired) of the Newberry Library, The Portolan, Spring 2019 pp. 60-63

For the full review: please purchase a copy of Issue 104 of The Portolan from The Washington Map Society (linked below)