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.


Title concerns as Ferreira map collection sells

02 April 2018

Early maps and charts, previously owned by a Brazilian banker convicted of money laundering, surfaced for sale at Chiswick Auctions 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.


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.


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.


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.


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A ‘rediscovered’ fifth copy of Martin Waldseemüller’s globe gores from c.1507 was withdrawn from sale last week after a group of academics and dealers in the US expressed doubts over its authenticity.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


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).


Map marks early view of Canada

17 July 2017

Marc Lescarbot’s Nova Francia… of 1609 is an account of French settlements in North America and what we now think of as Nova Scotia and Canada. It predates the more famous first accounts of Champlain’s voyages and discoveries by three years.


London Map Fair attracts international and domestic exhibitors

30 May 2017

The annual London Map Fair unites the classic and the quirky of cartographic history under one roof as a host of international dealers show up for what organisers boast is the world’s largest event of its kind.

Gaspar Bouttats' Raid on Medway map

West End dealer offers rare engraving of one of England’s worst naval defeats at London Map Fair

18 May 2017

A map showing one of the few occasions since 1066 that a part of England has been occupied by foreign forces will be offered at the London Map Fair next month.

Disneyland map

‘Most valuable Disneyland artefact ever offered at auction’ heads to Californian saleroom

15 May 2017

More than 1000 Disneyland props and souvenirs are heading to auction in California next month.


Mapping the 20th century

02 May 2017

Interest in 20th century maps is growing rapidly among dealers, collectors and curators. And some are rarer than you might think, writes Tim Bryars.

Blaeu wall-map of Southeast Asia and Australia

Rare Blaeu maps of Asia and Australia emerge at Sotheby’s upcoming auction

24 April 2017

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (c.1570-1638) of Amsterdam and his son, Joan (1596-1673), were the leading figures in the atlas and map publishing world in an age when that Dutch city was the centre of European cartographic achievement.


BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Mapping the American Southwest

01 April 2017

Shropshire auctioneer sells ‘cartographic cornerstone’ of Tex-Mex history at surprise £16,500...



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