“How do I know an antique map or print is real?”

Among those unfamiliar with old maps, perhaps the most commonly asked question is, “How do I know if this is really an old map?”  That is, “How do I know it was really printed a long time ago, say, in 1548, and is not some kind of modern reproduction or fake?” (If you have a map […]

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Why the Map Trade Still Matters in the Age of the Internet

  Good afternoon, and thank you for coming today.  I would also like to thank Sammy Berk for organizing this wonderful Map Fair and the leadership and staff of the Newberry Library for hosting this event. This talk has its origins in a roundtable I participated in last year, at a conference on the occasion […]

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Join Us for a Special Exhibit: National Emergencies & Documents that Shaped America

I am pleased to announce that Boston Rare Maps will exhibit March 16–17 at the 39th annual Ephemera Fair in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Fair is a highlight of the Ephemera Society’s Annual Conference, which this year examines the theme Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience. In collaboration with Seth Kaller, Inc. and University Archives, we will be hosting “National […]

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Giacomo Gastaldi, Tierra Nueva. Venice: 1548.

Mapping Massachusetts, Part I (1600-1720)

This article is the first in a series describing some key themes and important milestones in the early mapping of Massachusetts. Though most of the information may be found in other sources, to our knowledge this is the first time such a synthesis has been attempted.   Before “Massachusetts” In 1548 Giacomo Gastaldi issued Tierra […]

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Orlando Darling Fort Scott Kansas 1857

Antique Maps and evaluating condition

Antique maps may sustain many forms of damage over the years, some of which can be easily overlooked in the excitement surrounding a purchase. So it is important for collectors to understand issues related to map condition and exercise care with each acquisition.  Types of condition problem Condition flaws may be categorized somewhat arbitrarily as […]

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Osgood Carleton, Accurate Map of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston, 1797. Image courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

Mapping Massachusetts: A century of innovation in cartography

From 1794 to 1890, an ever-shifting coalition of state legislators, town select board members, surveyors, scientists, entrepreneurs and even ultimately the Federal government placed Massachusetts at the head of American mapmaking.  There is no one explanation for Massachusetts’ cartographic leadership, but there are some underlying factors:  A robust scientific community, an activist state government, the New England […]

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A Cold Warrior’s desk calendars catch fire on the internet

This week’s recent acquisitions captured the attention and imagination of many as it included a collection unlike any we’ve hosted before: a series of Cold War-era desk calendars, massively extra-illustrated by a disgruntled Cold Warrior. Atlas Obscura says: “They’re an unusual window into one person’s life and the world as he saw it—a unique history […]

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Maps & atlases at the 2018 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

I am pleased to announce that Boston Rare Maps will exhibit in Booth A6 at this week’s New York Antiquarian Book Fair, along with no fewer than 12 other dealers specializing in maps and atlases. Click below for a printable map of the Fair highlighting our locations. The Fair will run this Thursday March 8 through Sunday March 11 […]

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2017 Miami Map Fair

Announcing the 2018 Miami International Map Fair

I am pleased to announce that Boston Rare Maps will be exhibiting at the 25th Annual Miami International Map Fair on February 3-4, 2018. The Fair will be held at the HistoryMiami Museum on 101 West Flagler Street. More than 30 leading map dealers from the United States, Canada and Europe will be in attendance, making it the […]

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Announcing the 2017 San Francisco Map Fair

I am pleased to announce that Boston Rare Maps will be exhibiting at the inaugural San Francisco Map Fair on September 15-17, 2017. The Fair will be held at San Francisco’s landmark Regency Center at 1290 Sutter Street. Many of America’s leading map dealers will be in attendance, a Cocktail Reception and Preview will be held on Friday […]

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