November, 2017
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The Autumn leaves are dropping from the trees and a chill is in the air-- it is Fall on Cape Cod!  This is a great time to visit the Cape with less traffic than summer and businesses are still open through the holidays.  Plan your visit to our historic Chatham, MA, and make sure to stop by Maps of Antiquity!

If you or your loved-ones need accomodations, send them over to our converted 18th century farmhouse, Chatham Guest Rooms.  We have been very  well reviewed on TripAdvisor!

November 18, 2017 

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and there is a lot to be grateful for.  What is the Maps of Antiquity staff grateful for, you might wonder.... we are grateful for YOU!  We truly appreciate your business and your map enthusiasm and look forward to helping you with your antique map needs for many years to come. 

We can hardly believe that it is once again time to start thinking about the holidays and gifts, but it's true! Here at Maps of Antiquity, ordering early is important for those who want custom reproduction prints, custom map tables, or custom framing. For non-custom orders, we suggest you place your order by noon on Dec 19 for regular shipping in time for Christmas.  For those celebrating Hanukkah, we recommend you order by Dec 8.  We will send another email in December with full information about shipping deadlines for the holidays

While you are browsing our website, we recommend you take a look at some of our "General Topics" categories:

Of course, you can also look through many of our newest itemss here:

Whether you are shopping for friends or loved ones (or for yourself- you deserve it!) we think you will find the perfect gifts on our website.  If you are looking for something and don't see it on our site, just let us know!
Great Gifts for Map Fans, 2017
Below we have gathered a small selection of the offerings on our website.  If you click on the photo, you will be sent to our website where you can see the price and size of each item.  If you click on the link below each photo that says "See all of our _____ maps here" you will see many more similar maps, charts, or prints.  Once you are on our website, you can easily navigate using either the left side menu bar or the search function.  Make your search terms as simple as possible and you are more likely to get results (example: you will get more results if you search for "Cambridge" instead of "Cambridge, MA"). Remember, if you have trouble finding something specific, we're always happy to help!

Planisphere - 1850

This decorative map of the world features Adam and Eve stroll in Eden at the top and on the sides are personifications of the se asons.   From the Atlas National by Levasseur.  This map is sure to impress your lucky gift recipient.

Tableau Comparatif de la Hauteur des Montagnes de la longueur du Cours des Fleuves et de l'Elevation des Principals Chutes d'Eau Dans Les Cinq Parties du Monde - 1839

The title of this map translates to "Comparative Table of the Height of the Mountains, the lengths of Rivers, and the Elevation of the Principal Waterfalls in the Five Parts of the World." This antique comparative map was published by Monin in his "Atlas Classique De La Geographie Ancienne," 1839. It includes reference tables and information at the sides and bottom of the map, written in French.

Geological Map of the United States - 1886

We recently acquired this well-known geological map of the United States of America by Charles H. Hitchcock, published in 1886. The key lists various periods, including Cretaceous period, Jurassic period, and volcanic. This map comes with text from the conference proceedings that was signed by Prof. Hitchcock.

Antique Sheet Music Sept. Sanctae Theclae Virginis & Mart. pgs 111-112 - c. mid-1700s

The exact date of this sheet is unknown, however, a guess can be made due to various attributes, including the fact that it was wood block printed, the ornate letters, and the use of accidentals. This sheet features an ornate letter T at the beginning of the hymn.

Carte de l'Empire Romain sous Auguste - c. 1770

Ancient history buffs will adore this handsome map showing the extent of the Roman Empire under the rule of Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire. By Brion de le Tour, c. 1770. The large decorative border is quite stunning.

Celestial Maps by Burritt - 1835

We have recently updated many of our celestial maps  from Burritt's Atlas, Designed to Illustrate The Geography of the Heavens, 1835. These look fabulous when framed as a set or individually.  The two round maps are circumpolar maps, while the other four are seasonal maps and each one shows three months of the year. The atlas was later republished in 1856 with a light wash of color instead of the vibrant colors used in the earlier atlas.

Carte Generale Des Treize Cantons Suisse et des Differents Etats De Leur Independence - 1719

Perhaps the approach of winter always brings memories of a joyful ski trip in the Swiss Alps.  Or perhaps your lucky gift recipient has family from Switzerland. Whatever the reason, this map will make a very special gift. This map is from Chatelain's 7 volume Atlas Historique, 1719. With Cantons and other regions labeled. Includes 13 large coats of arms and 22 smaller coats of arms for the major cities. Text along the sides includes information about each Canton, historical information, and more. 
If Switzerland doesn't hold special meaning, have no fear- we have maps of all over Europe!

The Rainbow Trout. (Salmo Irideus.) - 1902

For the fishing enthusiast, a framed original antique chromolithograph by Denton would be an exciting and memorable gift. This print was part of a series documenting various species of fish for the State of New York Fisheries, Game, and Forest Commission's Annual Reports.

Carte de la Cote N.O. de l'Amerique et de la Cote N.E. de l'Asie reconnues en 1778 et 1779 - 1787

Do you have a brave traveler on your gift list? Or maybe your loved one takes journeys from the safety of home by reading about historical discoveries and adventures? They are sure to appreciate this map showing some of the areas mapped and explored during Captain Cook's voyages of 1778 and 1779, including the Bering Strait, between Russia and Alaska, and Nootka Sound. This map is by Bonne and Desmarest, published in the 1787 Atlas Encyclopedique. Interestingly, although Nootka Sound is shown, the recognizable shape of Vancouver Island is absent from this map, though small markings indicate the straits on either side.

Cape Cod Treasure Map

Cape Cod Ghost Map

On the subject of adventure, have you seen our Cape Cod Treasure Map and Cape Cod Ghost Map?  Loved by adults and children, these fun maps will remind you of your time on the Cape.  These maps are available in black and white ($25), hand colored by a local artist ($65), or framed with UV Acrylite to ship to your door ($175).  If you will be near Chatham, you could also choose to pick up a map framed with UV protective glass ($155). Choose black or gold frame!

Plan de Paris - c. 1860

For the Parisian or francophile, this antique map of Paris is sure to please. It was published at the time of Haussmann's renovation of Paris that was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III, during which much of the old city was demolished to make way for new roads, buildings, parks, etc. This map includes the famous Boulevard du Crime (Boulevard du Temple) with theaters labeled- those theaters were demolished in the great reorganization of 1862 to make space for new roads and the area known today as Place de la République.

Framed Pear and Apple Reproductions

These handsome fruit prints can be purchased individually or as a set of two, three, or four. Made using a combination of modern technology and traditional methods, wherein an original is scanned, its likeness is digitally etched onto an engraving plate, then the plate is used to print the image in the traditional way, with a printing press. The print is then hand colored. Framed and ready to give as a unique and elegant gift.

Charte de Erde. - 1826

Colorful, small, and not quite accurate, this 1826 map of the world is sure to delight. Most noticeable is the land that stretches north and connects Greenland to North America. Those who get a thrill from inaccurate maps will appreciate this one!

Maine. - 1860

For a big impact gift, consider giving a wall map! We have many large maps, including this hand colored antique wall map of Maine, surrounded by illustrations of the State Seal, agriculture, lumbering, shipping, Bangor Harbor, and notes on Maine history. 

Eldridge's New Chart of Boston Harbor - 1875

On the subject of large gifts, antique nautical charts are quite stunning and would surely please the seafarer on your list. This antique chart of Boston Harbor was made by George W. Eldridge and published by S. Thaxter & Son in 1875. It includes bearings and distance of dangers, sailing directions, tidal information. Red dots mark lighthouses and light ships, and the yellow cones indicate the direction of the light. Perfect for the sailor who spends his or her winters dreaming of getting back out onto the water.

One-of-a-Kind Custom Creations

Custom Table with Chatham Map
Table with Etched Chatham Map

Is there a map lover in your life who's running out of wall space?  Never fear! We can print and etch maps on a variety of flat surfaces to create a truly unique and personalized present. We have created maps on tile, cloth, wood panels, tables, wallpaper, and more!  Have a project in mind that you would like to put an antique map on?  Contact us!  If you need something custom done by the holidays, getting the process started now will ensure that it is ready on time.

High Quality Reproduction of an Antique Map
Herman Moll Map of Asia, Reproduction - circa 1732

Have you seen an antique map or chart on our website that's perfect for you or a loved one-- except for its price tag...?  We are happy to make a reproduction for you!  We can make reproductions of most of our antique maps, depending on the copyright of the original. We can even change the size, colors, etc., using Photoshop to create a one-of-a-kind gift. Our reproductions range in price from $50-$250, depending on size and the extent of alteration. These are such high quality reproductions that they look almost identical to real antiques!  Let us know if you would like a special reproduction for your special someone, or for yourself!


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On Pinterest, we display some of our maps and prints and add opinions and comments about specific pieces. We also provide boards with decorating ideas.

On Twitter, Maps of Antiquity offers links to articles and brief news. We also periodically update Google Plus and LinkedIn with company news and product information.

So if you are spending time on social media, be sure to look us up. Also, if you have a preferred social media where you think we should be active....let us know!


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