If you're new to collecting antique maps its unlikely that canal or river maps are going to be the first thing that springs to mind. As I mentioned in a previous post just about every subject, size, shape, form and kind of antique map is out there if you look. This includes some exceptional and rare river maps.
I've been fortunate to live near the river Thames near London on and off for most of my life. Maybe you have a connection in your own past with a town or river that brings back fond memories perhaps from when you were growing up. Do you now live near a famous river? Do you know if any good antique maps of that river exist? Its worth doing some research, a river map may be just what you want to add to your new collection.
Above: Original River Thames 'Map 30' by Henry W. Taunt c1885 Photographer to the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society from 'A New Map of The River Thames from Thames Head to London' on a scale of two inches to a mile. With original tipped in albumen prints that were added to the map before publication. A unique and exceptional smaller map of the river Thames. Lithograph print with early albumen prints and additional later hand colour.
Maybe your family has roots in a certain area from way back, a town, a county or state, a region, country or part of the world you simply have an interest in historically. All sorts of people collect all sorts of maps for all sorts of reasons, even maps of rivers. Every map collector is different and the reason they collect what they collect is often linked to their own story or journey along the river of life.
You can see more maps of the River Thames by Henry Taunt HERE.