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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Ortelius atlas with sea monsters off Iceland is popular feature of auction with global outlook

27 May 2019

Successfully bid to £80,000 among cartographic lots offered in London was a fine coloured copy of Ortelius’ Theatrum… of 1592.

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Four London book fairs will go into one week in June

21 May 2019

For the first time this year, the four fairs that make London a destination for bibliophiles in June will be held side-by-side across the space of just four days. ATG looks at the personality of each event.

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Seen through modern eyes: How map collecting is plotting a new course

21 May 2019

Just being old is no longer enough. True, most of the collectable maps that change hands in the market are of some considerable age. Many were printed by hand using techniques which changed little between the 1470s and 1830s. Tim Bryars reports...

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Books and maps highlights at fairs for summer 2019

21 May 2019

A selection of highlights that dealers are taking to upcoming fairs.

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On offer: 18 lots of books and maps coming up at auction in summer 2019

21 May 2019

A selection of highlights appearing at upcoming auctions.

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Pick of the week: Gill puts WH Smith on the map

19 April 2019

A large oil on panel map by MacDonald Gill celebrating the presence of stationer WH Smith on the British high street in the 1920s was hammered down at £50,000 in Gloucestershire.

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Pick of the week: Fierce bidding at Bellmans for panoramic view of London showing the city reimagined after the 1666 Great Fire

15 April 2019

A very rare panorama of 17th century London depicting the city skyline in the wake of the Great Fire of 1666 has sold at auction for £90,000.

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WH Smith archive of rare maps and signs heads to auction in Gloucestershire

12 April 2019

A rare map of Britain and lettering for signage painted by artist Eric Gill (1882-1940) are among the lots coming up at auction from a WH Smith archive.

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5 Questions: Jim Dickinson

11 February 2019

Map dealer Jim Dickinson next stands at Art Antiques Cheshire (February 22-24)

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Holy Roman Emperor honoured as a star attraction

14 January 2019

A 1627, Ulm first of Johannes Kepler’s 'Tabulae Rudolphinae…', an important astronomical work named in honour of the then Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II, sold for SKr350,000 (£30,535) on December 7.

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Africa, Kent and ‘Tennassee’: Get lost in some of the excellent maps going under the hammer this month

12 January 2019

A wide selection of historic cartographic masterpieces goes under the hammer this month.

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11th century Portolan chart of Europe and beyond to be offered in Milan

07 January 2019

A rare 11th century Portolan chart on vellum will be offered by the Il Ponte auction house in a sale of books and manuscripts in Milan on January 22.

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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

Book and map fairs find same June slot

27 August 2018

In a major cooperative move, next summer’s series of London book and map fairs has been aligned to run in the same four-day stretch.

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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.

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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

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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‘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.

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