This is the book for a new generation of map collectors.

The highly anticipated second edition of Collecting Old Maps is completely revised and widely expanded. While maintaining the original approach to the nuts and bolts of collecting, there is new information on collecting in the digital age, building and disposing of a collection, papermaking history, and the mythological figures, symbols and allegory used in cartography.

The most significant change to this new edition is the Map Gallery, which is more comprehensive and profusely illustrated in full color. Nearly 200 maps were assembled to illustrate the five-century evolution of printed maps and how they changed both artistically and technically in response to various cultural and market influences. They illustrate the progression from the simple woodcuts of the incunabula period to the elegant copperplate engravings of Renaissance Italy, then to the Baroque Dutch compositions, the refined style of scientific cartographers, and finally the technically advanced, but sometimes whimsical, approach of 20th-century mapmakers. As in the first edition, these maps represent a broad range of geographic regions, cartographic importance, and prices, and are all available in the current market.


PDF Excerpt from Collecting Old Maps Book Front Matter & Introductions

PDF Excerpt from Collecting Old Maps Book Chapters 1 - 8

PDF Excerpt from Collecting Old Maps Book Map Gallery

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Independent Publisher Book Awards



The Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published books at the annual BookExpo America, the largest publishing event in North America.

Open exclusively to independent, university, and self-published titles, the “IPPYs” are awarded in 80 national, 22 region, and ten e-book categories.  We are thrilled and honored to have won the Gold Medal for Reference Books.