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.


Dominic Winter

Marking three decades with the Dominic Winter anniversary sale

24 September 2018

Founder remembered as anniversary sale sheds light on evolution of the Narnia Chronicles

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New chapters boost business of book fair

27 August 2018

Kim Jeffery, who with husband George runs Etc Fairs, described by one exhibitor as “the Stock Exchange of bookselling”, is upbeat about her upcoming book fair in Bloomsbury.

Rare Books London 2018 - Events Programme

03 May 2018

A list of the events taking place at this year's 'Rare Books London'.

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Sponsor’s message: Also in Battersea...

03 May 2018

As we approach the second anniversary of our inaugural 2016 auction, we are again delighted to be the sponsors of Antique Trade Gazette’s ‘Books, Maps & Prints’ supplement.

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Mapping the city limits

03 May 2018

In a journey starting with the Great Fire and taking in the 1980s, dealer Tim Bryars explores the collecting market for London maps

Smith

‘The map that changed the world’ offered at London gallery for £100,000

28 April 2018

William Smith’s 1815 map of England and Wales represents a milestone in geological history and a pivotal moment in its creator’s colourful life.

Chiswick Auctions confirms clear title for rare map collection

09 April 2018

Antiques Trade Gazette can confirm that Chiswick Auctions has proof of good title for a rare group of maps and charts, which the auction house sold last month.

Oliva portolan map

Clear title confirmed for map collection sold at Chiswick

05 April 2018

Antiques Trade Gazette can confirm that Chiswick Auctions has proof of good title for a rare group of maps and charts, which the auction house sold last week.

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Unprecedented collection of maps of Japan offered by Daniel Crouch Rare Books in Tokyo

21 March 2018

Daniel Crouch Rare Books offers what is dubbed the largest collection of maps of Japan ever to come on the open market at this week’s Tokyo Book Fair.

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Call for help to find London underground map stolen from auction house

19 March 2018

Transport Auctions of London is calling for the trade to look out for a stolen London Underground map.

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Map of the very Big Apple sold at $250,000

12 February 2018

Daniel Crouch Rare Books sold this huge 25ft (7.6m) wide ‘Atlas of the City of New York – Borough of Manhattan’ map at the Winter Antiques Show last month.

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The US breaks out to the west

29 January 2018

The American West was the theme of a 43-lot, single-owner collection offered as part of the January 17 sale held by Sotheby’s New York.

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Christie’s pulls Waldseemüller gores ‘pending further research’ over date

18 December 2017

A ‘rediscovered’ fifth copy of Martin Waldseemüller’s globe gores from c.1507 was withdrawn from sale last week after a group of academics and dealers in the US expressed doubts over its authenticity.

Martin Waldseemüller’s globe gores

Christie’s withdraws ‘first map’ of America after experts suggest it may be fake

12 December 2017

At the eleventh hour, Christie’s has taken the decision to withdraw the headline lot from the December 13 Books and Manuscripts sale in London after serious doubts were expressed over its authenticity.

Atlas of the City of New York

Dealer Daniel Crouch brings New York maps home to the Winter Antiques Show

06 December 2017

New York, London and Paris will be put on the map at the stand of Daniel Crouch Rare Books in the new year at the Winter Antiques Show in Park Avenue Armory in New York.

Waldseemuller’s globe gores

The first map to name America – rediscovered copy of Martin Waldseemüller’s globe gores emerges at Christie’s auction

09 November 2017

A previously unrecorded set of globe gores that name America for the first time will be offered at Christie's in London on December 9.

Chicago map by James T Palmatary

Was it a cow or a card game that set Chicago ablaze?

21 September 2017

How the 1871 Chicago fire started remains a matter of conjecture, though a lantern knocked over by a Mrs O’Leary’s cow, or perhaps by a group of men who were gambling in a barn are among the favourite theories.

Chicago map by JT Palmatary

Chicago collector wins $200,000 bidding battle for 1857 map of the “Windy City” at Leslie Hindman auction

18 September 2017

One of only four known copies of a ‘pre-fire’ Chicago map by cartographer J.T. Palmatary drew intense competition at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ latest sale, selling at over six-times estimate.

Aerial map

Rare pre-fire map of Chicago heads to local auction complete with view of red light district

05 September 2017

One of only four known copies a 19th century map of Chicago goes under the hammer at a local auction house next week.

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Explore the world’s outer reaches

04 September 2017

Just the two outer panels of what had once been a six-part world map remained in a cartographic lot offered at Christie’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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