With the holiday season fast approaching the subject of gift-giving is increasingly in everyone’s mind. Most have that impossible-to-buy-for relative, friend, or colleague for whom an authentic antique map is the ideal gift. Rare and antique map dealers, such as ourselves, typically see a huge surge in business with each holiday season. Those who are “in the know” often they feel as if rare and antique maps are the “ultimate gifting secret”. Rare maps are almost always favored gifts, they have meaning for both the gifted and giver, they are highly versatile decorative objects , and they are precious artworks that can be treasured for generations.
According to one colleague and friend, giving an antique map as a Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gift sends a clear message to the recipient that “someone has thought about you, about what you care about, about your interests, and about your personal history”. The enormous diversity of rare cartographic material available means that a perfect antique map gift can be identified for nearly anyone. The giving of an antique map therefore sends the message that considerable thought and consideration was dedicated to the gift’s selection. The receipt of such a gift means that the giver understands the interests and values of the recipient. It goes without saying that if your recipient is a geek or very modern, perhaps looking for keyboards that are cool will be more suited to them, these maps are for a particular type of person.
Unlike most genres of fine art and antique collectibles, authentic rare and antique maps are obtainable and affordable to almost anyone. In few other areas are authentic historic objects of such significance available at such an approachable price point. While the most valuable and rare antique maps can cost thousands of dollars, many entry level maps of considerable historic and decorative interest are available from excellent online and brick-and-mortar galleries for as little as 100 dollars.
A rare map gift is a statement rich in thought and meaning. When receiving a rare map as a gift, the gifted is immediately aware that they have been blessed with an object of substance. In addition to an antique map’s decorative and historic interest, it is also an object of value that will only become more precious over time. Rare maps generally increase in value by about 10-15% or more each year.
• Authentic rare and antique maps are ideal gifts for nearly anyone with an interest in history, an attachment to a special place, an interest in a specific era, or a love of travel.
• Antique maps can fit into any decorative scheme from minimalist to Victorian, primitive to modern.
• Antique maps are excellent affordable investments that can be expected to significantly increase in value over the coming years.
• Antique maps are available in such a diversity of styles, prices, and subjects that there is a perfect map for nearly everyone.
• Antique maps can be purchased quickly and easily online at galleries like ours, http://www.geographicus.com.
Our best advice for anyone considering the purchase of an antique map as a gift this holiday season is to act quickly. Unlike mass produced articles, most antique maps are unique and available only in the most limited quantities. More of then than not, we have but one of each map in stock, so when its gone, its gone.