All things 'rare maps'. Here we focus on different aspects of antique maps that cannot otherwise be addressed through our category system or product listings.

Gordon-Michael Scallion's Doomsday Maps

Using cartography to push prophecy.

How Gordon-Michael Scallion used cartography and psudo-science to promote his prophetic doomsday visions.

Kevin Brown, January 17, 2024

The Most Successful 16th Century Geographic Fraud

The Greatest Phantom Island of the Old World.

Nicoló Zeno the Younger's attempt to co-opt Columbus's 1492 discovery of America and reattribute that feat to his own ancestors, Nicoló and Antonio Zeno. The Zeno mapping of the Arctic proved to be one of the most enduring cartographic frauds, persisting from the 16th through the 18th centuries - and beyond.

James Roy, December 01, 2023

W. H. Whitney Maps of Railroad Cities

A Little-known Series of Important Early Maps of Western American Railroad Cities.

J. H. Whitney issued a his railroad maps between 1888 and 1890. They are rare and little known, but represent some of the earliest and most important maps of their respective subjects: Salt Lake City, Pueblo, Trinidad, Portland, Seattle, Port Townsend, Astoria, Spokane, Bellingham Bay.

Kevin Brown, January 10, 2023