Land Ho! Antique Maps

Used for Centuries to Navigate Routes Over Earth and Sea, Antique Maps Now Attract a host of Collectors--and a Few Thieves

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Associations of map collectors can be highly specialized. For example, there are associations of collectors who concentrate on the maps of specific states, regions, or cities. Among the more general associations of map collectors are:

International Map Collectors' Society
Contact: Jenny Harvey, 27 Landford Road
Putney, London, SW15 1AQ, UK

Road Map Collectors of America
Contact: Mark Adkinson, 5832 N.W. 62nd Terrace, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73122

Books on antique maps can be as specialized as the field itself. Good general reference volumes and guides (some of which may only be available in libraries) include:

Antique Map Price Record & Handbook
1997-98 edition ($46) Contact: Jon Rosenthal, Kimmel Publications, P.O. Box 12, Amherst, Massachusetts 01004; phone: (413) 256-8900

Antique Maps
by Carl Moreland and David Bannister (1992, paperback, 326 pages, $24.95) Contact: Mercator's World Bookshop, phone: 800/840-3810

Collecting Old Maps
by F. J. Manasek (1998, 328 pages, $65 plus $4 for U.S. shipping)Contact: G.B.Manasek Inc., Box 1204, Norwich, Vermont 05055; phone: (802) 649-1722

The Story of Maps
by Lloyd A. Brown (1949, Little, Brown & Co., Boston) Out of print, although a Dover Press paperback came out in 1980, but is also no longer in print.

The W. Graham Arader III Grading System for Antique Maps
by W. Graham Arader Available for $225 from the W. Graham Arader III Gallery, 29 East 72nd Street, New York, New York 10021; phone:(212) 628-3668


Map-related books are also available through the British Library book shop, Great Russell Street, London WC 1, United Kingdom; phone: 011 171-412-7735

Mercator's World
845 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon 97401; phone: (800) 840-3810 in the United States, (541) 345-3800 in Canada. $39.95 in the United States for six issues a year, $49.95 in Canada, $59.95 in all other countries.

For a general on-line guide to map dealers, shops and businesses: http://www.

Other helpful Web sites include: Beach Antique Maps & Prints (http://home. mp/faq.html); the History of Cartography site, compiled by Tony Campbell, map librarian, The British Library, London (; Old Historic Maps & Prints (contact: Barry Lawrence Ruderman at http://www.; Mercator's World magazine (; W. Graham Arader III Galleries, (

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