Collecting antique maps can be great fun. As many come from atlases they have been protected for most of their lives. There are not many fakes about but there are reproduction maps. The most common is a series of John Speed maps printed on brownish paper to look like parchment. There are thousands of these around and I regularly get asked about them when they turn up in an attic. If the paper looks brownish, mottled and like parchment, sometimes showing fold marks, the chances are it is a modern reproduction. I get telephone calls about these maps every other week when someone finds one in an attic or a garage. They are interesting but have no real monetary value.
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I have been buying and selling antique maps since the early 1960's during which time I had a gallery in Watergate Street, Chester for 30 years. I am now able to offer through my websites a personal service to map and print collectors.