antiquarian map

Beautiful hand drawn Map of Matrimony from an album dated 1830

The fine detailed map including the River of Delight on the Land of Love, the Harbour of Hope near the bay of Botheration. Doubtful Bay and the Isle of Dreams, the Ocean of Admiration and the Land of Matrimonial Delight

A unique and fascinating find in an early 19th century album 

The Map Thief

Maps have long fascinated viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But for collectors, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. In his book The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, author Michael Blanding describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a respectable antiquarian map dealer who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing follows the program.

Thursday, October 23, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. 

Watch live on YouTube.