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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

Map of Arabia and the Gulf and others break estimate boundaries in Oxford saleroom

07 June 2021

Captain EF Hunter’s 'Map of Arabia and The Persian Gulf' was one of the lots fetching sums considerably in advance of what looked to be quite modest estimates in an Oxford book sale.

The mapping of geopolitics

10 May 2021

A brief history of maps designed to communicate ideas over geographical accuracy

Upcoming books, maps and prints highlights for summer 2021

10 May 2021

A selection of upcoming books, maps and prints at auctions around the UK and overseas.

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Brexit case study: ‘The hassle factor is enormous’ – Daniel Crouch Rare Books

01 March 2021

One of the pleasures of Daniel Crouch’s work life has been buying trips to the Continent – for the serendipity of making contacts as well as the chance to handle the goods.

A pair of Newton globes

Newton celestial globe stolen after smash and grab raid in Fulham

03 February 2021

The antiques trade has suffered another smash and grab theft following a wave of robberies targeting map dealers in central London before Christmas.

Armada map

Saved for the nation: Armada maps are bought with help from Antiques Trade Gazette

01 February 2021

Armada maps stay in UK after ATG story inspires campaign

One of 10 rare maps depicting the Spanish Armada

Armada maps saved for the nation after Navy museum secures funding from grants and the public

28 January 2021

A group of hand-drawn Armada maps depicting a key moment in England’s history have been saved after a fundraising campaign by the Royal Navy museum.

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Georgian globes travel to Los Angeles

09 November 2020

This pair of early 19th century George III period terrestrial and celestial globes in mahogany stands are by Dudley Adams, (1762-1830) a member of the well-known Adams family of globemakers.

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Public cash call to help keep Armada maps in the UK

03 November 2020

The National Museum of the Royal Navy hopes to raise £600,000 to stop the export of a group of hand-drawn Armada maps to an overseas buyer.

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Copy of ‘the earliest obtainable map printed in Arabic’ reaches 15-times estimate at Forum Auctions

19 October 2020

The atlas 'Ay majmu’ kharitat rasm al-ard…,' published by the Church Missionary Society Press in Valetta, is today considered the earliest obtainable atlas printed in Arabic.

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Early English sea atlas among real sales at ‘virtual’ book fair

21 September 2020

An English translation of a Dutch 16th century sea atlas was among the standout sales at the recent online edition of Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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5 Questions: map dealer Massimo De Martini

10 August 2020

Massimo De Martini started trading as Altea Maps in 1992 and now runs the business from his Mayfair premises. He is also co-organiser of the London Map Fair.

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Overseas buyer for Armada maps unless £600,000 is found

20 July 2020

A public campaign to keep rare maps of the Spanish Armada in the country will be needed to raise the required £600,000.

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Books unite the trade

20 July 2020

This portolan atlas known as the Harisse Codex is attributed to cartographer Battista Agnese, who worked in Venice.

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