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Texas: The Garden Spot of the World headline image

Texas: The Garden Spot of the World

This October 2021 article gives a brief history of the colonization and development of the great state of Texas from its time as a Spanish and then Mexican possession, to becoming an independent Republic, and finally admitted as the 28th state of the United States.
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The Man Behind "The Last Great Cartographic Myth"

This August 2021 article is an interview with Don McGuirk, author of "The Last Great Cartographic Myth," an authoritative online resource dedicated to the mythical Sea of the West. Don explains how he became interested in maps and the Sea of the West, how the myth first began, and how it was depicted on maps over time.
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Blame it on the Fog: Staten Island, Compagnies Land & Da Gama Land

This July 2021 article tells the story of the voyages of Maarten Gerritsz de Vries and João da Gama in the region of the Kuril Islands northeast of Japan, and how their sightings of land became confused and conflated on maps for over a century.
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The Collector From the Prairies

This May 2021 article tells the story of how a map collector from Iowa got his start, time traveled through maps, and found ways to connect with history. A portion of his remarkable collection will be featured in the June 2021 sale at Old World Auctions.
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A New View on the First Lithographed Map in the United States

This April 2021 article is by guest contributor Jim Kissko, founder of Camelot Books. This article makes the case for the first map that was lithographed and published in the United States.
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Theodore de Bry's Grands Voyages Part I Inventory

This March 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the fourth in a four-part series about Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This fourth article discusses the current inventory of existing volumes of "Grands Voyages."
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Theodore de Bry's Pict Plates from Grands Voyages Part I

This March 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the third in a four-part series about the engravings in Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This third article discusses the Pict plates in Part I, which depicted ancient Britons.
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Theodore de Bry's Plates from Grands Voyages Part I

This February 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the second in a four-part series about the engravings in Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This second article discusses the plates in Part I, including the title page, the dedication, the Virginia map, and the Algonquian series, with particular attention to the Kiwasa plate.
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Theodore de Bry's Adam & Eve Engraving from Grands Voyages

This January 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the first in a four-part series about the engravings in Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This first article concerns the first engraving in Part I - that of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
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Auction Trends in 2020

This December 2020 newsletter reviews the trends in the auction market for maps in 2020. We share great insights about what's selling and what's not, as well as some interesting facts and figures about Old World Auctions.
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Fake News You Won't Want to Miss

Fake maps - and in particular reproductions - can be found in the most curious of places. If you've ever wondered how to determine if an antique map is real or fake, this article will walk you through four key clues that will help you identify reproductions and confirm a map's authenticity.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 20th Century

This is the final article in a series about mapmakers who played key roles in each century, and focuses on mapmakers in the 20th century, including Rand McNally Company, MacDonald Gill, and Jo Mora.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 19th Century

Read our July 2020 newsletter featuring an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 19th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1800s and their most iconic maps, including Arrowsmith, Tallis, Mitchell, and the United States Government.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 18th Century

Read our June 2020 newsletter featuring an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 18th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1700s and their most iconic maps, including Delisle, Moll, Homann, and Jefferys. Also in this newsletter is a list of free online resources that offer cartographic content to help you expand your worldview while staying safely at home.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 17th Century

This May 2020 newsletter features an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 17th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1600s, including the Hondius family, the Blaeu family, John Speed, and Nicolas Sanson. Also in this newsletter is a list of free online resources that offer cartographic content to help you expand your worldview while staying safely at home.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 16th Century

Read our March 2020 newsletter featuring an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 16th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1500s and their most iconic maps. Also in this newsletter is a list of free online resources that offer cartographic content to help you expand your worldview while staying safely at home.
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Bringing Cartography Back into Schools & Behind the Scenes at OWA

This January 2020 newsletter features an article about "Bringing Cartography Back into Schools," as well as a photo essay about Jon & Eliane Dotson with behind-the-scenes photos at Old World Auctions.
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Auction Trends in 2019

This December 2019 newsletter features an article about the trends in the auction market for maps in 2019. We share great insights about what's selling and what's not. A must read for all collectors and dealers!
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A Cataloger's Perspective: Mapping South America

This October 2019 newsletter features an article about the mapping of South America. Learn about the cartographic curiosities and myths to be found within maps of South America.
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A Cataloger's Perspective: Mapping Africa

This August 2019 newsletter features an article about the mapping of Africa. Learn about the cartographic curiosities and myths to be found within maps of Africa.
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