Antique County Maps of England
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 try to deal with enquiries as quickly as possible. Many orders are sent off the same day if they arrive by mid morning.
You will find details about postage and packing as well as payment methods here. Please remember that the postage and packing is a single charge which covers any number of items in one order.
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My antique prints are on a separate part of the web site
When I started collecting and selling maps back in the 1960's there were very few reference books on antique maps. The first book I remember buying was Maps and Mapmakers by R. V. Tooley. Full of wonderful information but over the years there were periods when it was out of print. The Antique Collectors Club used to produce a large range of books on all kinds of antiques and in 1983 BRITISH COUNTY MAPS by YASHA BERISINER was published. To the best of my knowledge there has not been another book like it published. A most useful and informative work and essential for the avid county map collector. I think there was just the one edition. If you can get hold of a copy at a reasonable price my advice would be - Buy it. There is a link below that will search Amazon for copies on sale.
My well used copy pictured on the right still has its distinctive red cover illustrating Cambridgeshire by John Speed. The county I was born in.
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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.