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Two Philippine Atlases. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XIII. Pages 4-21.
Middleton, Thomas C. (Thomas Cooke), 1842-1923.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
TWO PHILIPPINE ATLASES. Treasury Department, U. S..Coast and Geodetic Survey. Henry S. Pritchett, Superintendent. Special Publication No. 3. Atlas of the Philippine Islands. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900. ABOUT these maps.we have a word or so in dissent from the somewhat superlative eulogy pronounced thereon by the United States Commission now at’ Manila, as reported at least by Mr. Henry S. Pritchett, in the Introduction (page 3). From Mr. Pritchett’s words the implication (as may be seen) is easily and very naturally deducible, though not so stated in set terms, that hitherto, up to the closing year of the XIXth cen- tury-date of the.Atlas-chartography, as well as other branches of polite schooling, had been at a rather low‘ ebb among Philippine scholars and artists. During the last two or three years the writer, greatly to his surprise, has seen the statement in even otherwise reputable Amer- ican periodicals, that “in the Philippines there were no schools, no books” of any kind. And this be it said in face of the fact that no later than the year 1898, Mr. W. E. Retana, a Spanish writer of repute and a dipittado of the Spanish Cortes, published in a book of over 652 pages a description oinearly three thousand works on Philippina in his own library at Madrid. If in the spirit of fair- ‘ mindedness the reader then wish to learn more of some of these Philippine curios, he can find a copy of this Catdlogo Abrezxiado de la Biblioteca .Fz'lz'pz'na (Madrid, 1898) in the Free Library of Philadelphia, along with several other Spanish works of real value on Philippine biography, linguistics, antiquities and science.‘ ‘This Retana Catdlogo was described in a paper by the writer published by the above Free I-ibfal’! in DCCCmbeI'. I900. as its official Bulletin No. 4. (See SonteNote: on the Biblrbzrafhy of the PIu'Iz'p;z'nc:.) 4