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"Reproducing antique maps and passing them off as original can be considered fraudulent, especially if it is done with the intent to deceive potential buyers"

Richard Nicholson of Chester

A World of Antique Maps and Prints

Established in 1961

What is that map you found in the attic

James Pepper looking at an atlas

Warning about a Common Series of Reproduction Maps

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 are found 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.

County Maps

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Guide to Collecting County Maps

If your Interest is British County maps then you will probably find my ongoing project to offer more information on the amazing cartographers whose works you might want to collect. Still in its infancy and a lot of work to do but please check it out.


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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.

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