Maps

The value of an antique map is usually determined by the geographical area covered, historical importance, quality of production, size, decorative appeal and rarity.

Maps made during the Golden Age of Exploration (spanning the early 15th to early 17th centuries) are of particular interest to collectors with examples by the 17th century Dutch cartographers Willem Blaeu and his son Joan among the most highly prized.

As well as maps, this category also includes antique atlases, globes, cartographic reference books, travel books, charts and plans.


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Map of Antigua sails to over 20-times estimate

23 May 2022

Estimated at just $200-300, this folding map of the island of Antigua proved rather more expensive than expected.

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London Map Fair: Discoveries new and old

16 May 2022

Dealer Tim Bryars previews this year’s London Map Fair with an eye on current collecting trends

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Kensington mapped out and Le Carré in a designer jacket

11 April 2022

Bid to £2800 in a recent Norfolk sale was a detailed and now rare Map of the Parish of St Mary Abbotts, Kensington… dating from 1879.

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Burmese blaze and golden gains

07 March 2022

Nineteenth century aquatint and map provide global perspective in Gloucestershire saleroom

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Curious but costly world view

17 January 2022

In Rodney Shirley’s monumental study of 'The Mapping of the World… 1472-1700', the very first entry is a simple, circular woodcut known as a ‘T-O’ map, one in which the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa are very simply shown as named segments.

Map

Pick of the week: Berry map rarity takes pole position

10 January 2022

Relatively few English mapmakers came to the fore in the 17th century at a time when Dutch cartographers were well ahead of the competition.

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Pick of the week: A round the world trip in the 1560s

03 January 2022

Sixteenth-century globes rarely appear on the market. So, Jim Spencer, Hansons’ works on paper specialist, had been amazed to encounter one at a valuation day in Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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The Wright map that plots a route to £365,000

20 December 2021

A copy of Richard Hakluyt’s 'The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation' takes a six-figure sum at Devon sale.

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Pick of the week: The Ottoman view of the world

22 November 2021

A copy of the first folio atlas ever printed in the Islamic world has sold for £69,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) – the highlight of the first day of Dreweatts’ sale titled Weston Hall and the Sitwells: A Family Legacy.

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Carpenter’s hits include chart toppers

01 November 2021

Antarctic maps take highest prices in collection relating to key Terra Nova crew member

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Maps and plans make a mark

27 October 2021

Stand-out cartographic lots sold in Gloucestershire include a string of early rarities

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Atlas pathfinder up at auction

11 October 2021

A copy of the first modern atlas by Abraham Ortelius, which set the standard for all following atlases, will be on offer at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on November 29 with an estimate of €80,000.

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Printed map pioneer appears in massive German auction

11 October 2021

Like Antiques Trade Gazette, German biblio auction house Reiss & Sohn is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

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Complete copy of the first folio atlas ever printed in the Islamic world

11 October 2021

This complete copy of the first folio atlas ever printed in the Islamic world was discovered in one of the nine attics at Weston Hall in Northamptonshire, home of the Sitwell family for more than 300 years.

Charles II period pocket globe

Pick of the week: How to get the whole world in your hands

27 September 2021

Fascinated both by their elegance of design and sophisticated cartography, Stephen Edell began collecting globes 50 years ago.

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Climate change collection sounds the alarm

27 September 2021

With the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26) on the horizon, rare books specialist Peter Harrington is using Frieze Masters to launch an ambitious new collection of books and original manuscripts charting the history of climate change and environmentalism.

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Pocket globes point to Bavarian event

09 August 2021

The organisers of the Bamberger Kunst-und Antiquitätenwochen (art and antiques weeks), which run until August 22, thought long and hard about whether to hold this year’s event in light of the pandemic.

A Plan of the Town of Newmarket

Pick of the week: Demand for Georgian print is racing certainty

19 July 2021

A rare Georgian print on a sporting theme was offered by Northumberland auction house.

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Defective plan of New York still in demand

28 June 2021

A copy of Ratzer’s 'Plan of the City of New York…' offered as part of a Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) sale in the spring left much to be desired.

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Into US battle – the English version

14 June 2021

An Americana sale held by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) was led at $55,000 (£39,855) by an 1830, Palmyra first of 'The Book of Mormon'.

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