it's that time of year again for map lovers to descend on the showcase event that is "The London Map Fair." Held at the historic London venue of The Royal Geographic Society map enthusiast from around the world get the chance to attend the largest antique map fair in Europe. The event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados.
Highlights at this years fair provide for all levels of interest and budget. The wonderful thing about the fair is the opportunity to see many examples of fine cartography from around the world. You get the chance to meet other map enthusiasts and for those new to collecting you get the chance to hear talks about map collecting for beginners. For those more serious collectors with deeper pockets these may take your fancy!
A classic 16th century map of South America LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. A highly decorative map of South America, engraved by Arnold Florent van Langeren for Linschoten's 'Itinerario', a manual for sailing to the East Indies. Orientated with north to the right, the West Indies and Florida are shown in some detail on the right; on the left Terra del Fuego, the landmass south of the Straits of Magellan, spreads out to fill the entire height of the map. (For sale from Altea Antique Maps & Charts) £7,850