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Theodore de Bry's Adam & Eve Engraving from Grands Voyages headline image

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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A Cataloger's Perspective: Mapping Europe

This July 2019 newsletter features an article about the mapping of Europe. Learn about the cartographic curiosities and artistic masterpieces to be found within maps of Europe.
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A Cataloger's Perspective: Mapping Asia

This June 2019 newsletter features an article about the mapping of Asia. Learn about the key elements to look for when looking at maps of Asia and how these changed over time.
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A Cataloger's Perspective: Mapping North America Part II

This May 2019 newsletter features Part II of an article about the mapping of North America. Learn about the key elements to look for when looking at maps of North America from the 19th century.
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A Cataloger's Perspective: Mapping North America Part I

This April 2019 newsletter features Part I of an article about the mapping of North America. Learn about the key elements to look for when looking at maps of North America from the 16th-18th centuries and how these changed over time.
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A Cataloger's Perspective: Mapping the World

This March 2019 newsletter features an article about the mapping of the world. Learn about the key elements to look for when looking at a world map and how these changed over time.
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10 Things Every Map Collector Should Know

This January 2019 article goes back to the basics regarding antique maps and map collecting, including key map terms, how maps were made, factors that affect value, and how to identify fakes. This is the perfect article for anyone interested in learning more about antique maps!
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Auction Trends in 2018

This December 2018 article continues our popular annual series on auction trends over the past year.
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Precision & Exactitude: The Robert de Vaugondy Family

This October 2018 article gives an overview of the Robert de Vaugondy family, who published numerous maps, atlases, and globes during the 18th century, known as the golden age of French cartography.
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