|A GIFT GIVING GUIDE TO ENSURE YOU WILL HAVE A MAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!|
Wherever in the world your map gifts are going, we'll get them there, weather willing, with the help of the U.S. Postal Service &-- of course-- Mr. Cringle. In an effort to get your maps and prints to their destinations before December 25th, please consider the following HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINES!
CUSTOM FRAMING should be ordered by December 3th for domestic shipping, December 8th for in-store pick-up. A fine selection of pre-framed maps and prints hanging in our shop will be available for last minute shoppers. We are open daily until December 24th from 10am until 5pm, except for Sundays when we open at noon.
UNFRAMED MAPS should be ordered PRIOR TO Wednesday, DECEMBER 20th for arrival by December 25th. We will continue to ship maps ordered after that date, but cannot make any promises.
PLEASE NOTE: Because we cannot control any aspect of delivery after a package leaves our shop, we cannot guarantee delivery for Priority mail within a given time frame. If you need a guarantee, please ask about our EXPRESS option. EXPRESS packages, guaranteed by the U.S. Postal Service, have not always arrived on time due to weather and traffic delays, but they do arrive faster than our usual PRIORITY shipments. Normally, if EXPRESS packages do not arrive within their specified time frames, your shipping charge is refunded. Please be aware, however, that this year the postal service has adjusted refund eligibility for shipments mailed December 22-25.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled map programing.
FROM WARD MAPS TO WORLD MAPS---& EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. WE HAVE MAPS FOR ALL OF YOUR GIFT GIVING NEEDS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Whether micro or macro, we have the perfect gift for everyone on this year's 'Nice' list. Our antique maps range from detailed street views that include the names of individual property owners to maps of the whole wide world. Ward maps give the greatest details of part of a city; town and city maps often have streets and public areas labeled; county maps show every town in that county with detail of topography, state maps are often colored by county and their shapes are usually quite recognizable, regional maps often show the changes to the political boundaries over time, national maps can represent your heritage or your travels, continent maps are apt for travelers, and world maps give a view of everywhere you could ever want to go! Remember, you can click on any of the blue text in this section for a link directly to the related content!
Ward maps show city neighborhood's in the most exacting possible detail. We have ward maps for Boston and several parts of the surrounding metropolitan area, as well as other ward maps, some of which are not yet online (including an atlas of Philadelphia). If you don't see your city on our website, feel free to contact us to inquire about availability. The map you see above is part of the city of Cambridge and shows Harvard University.
Town and city maps are quite popular, and we have city maps for locations all over the world. Our collection of Massachusetts town maps and New England town maps is like no other, but we also have many major US and international cities.
County maps like this one of Atlantic County, New Jersey, show a wider area. They make particularly good gifts for people who have lived in several towns within one county, or for couples whose hometowns are in the same county, or anyone with ties to a particular area! Our county maps are mostly for the Northeastern US and they are arranged by state. If you are looking for a certain county, use our search bar at the top of the website. Your search will work best if you type in something like "Westchester County New York" (state abbreviations don't work well in our search function).
From Maine to Texas, from Florida to California, and even Alaska and Hawaii, we have maps of just about every state. Some states are often on the same map with other states (the Dakotas and Carolinas come to mind) so it's a bit harder to find a map of certain states on their own. Take a look at our US States category and browse through the areas that interest you!
Regional maps sometimes don't get the recognition that they deserve. For example, this map of Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado shows the states during a time when their organization was still being formed and the counties were very different from what they are today. Many folks appreciate regional maps because they depict multiple states that have personal significance, like maps of New England are wonderful for travelers who love all of the states in that area. We also have regional categories for maps of the Mid-Atlantic, maps of the South, maps of the Midwest, and maps of the West.
Country maps are some of our most popular offerings. These make wonderful gifts for travelers, historians, and genealogists alike. Our selection obivously depend on what countries existed and what maps were made, but we think we have a pretty good variety, if we do say so ourselves! The above maps show just a tiny portion of what we have, which spans from US maps, to Ireland maps, to maps of Japan and China (and everywhere in between. Use the left side category bar on our website to go directly to the part of the world that interests you most!
Sometimes travelers don't limit themselves to one country and thus a map of the whole continent might bring the most joy to your gift recipient. Whether your interest is in Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, North America, or South America, we have maps for you! We also have a few categories that aren't continents but show a wider geographic area. These include Polar maps, maps of the Middle East, and maps of the Caribbean.
Finally, in our map tour from ward maps to world maps, we have reached the end. Antique maps of the world are some of our most popular and most loved offerings. They are particularly fun when they feature geographical inaccuracies, like this map from 1780, which has Greenland attached to North America, and Alaska is looking a bit squished. You can peruse all of our world maps here: Antique world maps, or simply navigate to the category on the left side bar that says "Antique Maps - World."
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|PICTORIALLY PERFECT HOLIDAY MAPS|
Our many pictorial maps will delight you and your gift recipient!
For centuries PICTORIAL MAPS have offered their unique cartological perspectives to those with an eye for utilitarian artwork. Many pictorials take a bird's-eye-view perspective, such as these marvelous maps of New York City, Boston, The Charles River, Narraganset Bay, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, The White Mountains, Provincetown, Massachusetts, and even Jamaica! We have many more pictorial maps in stock, most of which were geared toward turn of the 20th century tourists. Our older bird-eye-views include 16th century maps of Nordlingen, Bavaria in Germany and Solothurn, Switzerland, as well as a gorgous early 18th century map of Vienna, Austria.
Equally decorative COMPARATIVE MAPS most often focus on such superalatives as the world's longest rivers, and highest mountains (or both), although some feature comparisons of flora, fauna, lakes and islands, and more! Comparative maps and Pictorial maps make wonderful gifts. They are unusual and impressive and they capture the imagination and ignite interest in almost everyone who sees them! Click on any of the blue words to see more!
|Celebrate the Season with Celestials|
A Small Selection of our Splendid Celestial Maps
This is the perfect time of year for star-gazing (is there an imperfect time of year?) and if you are looking for a gift for your favorite amateur astronomer, look no further! Antique CELESTIAL MAPS were made in a variety of colors and styles, so whether you prefer science or astrology, sun or moon, the solar system or the stars, you are sure to find something! A print of the great telescope should please a star enthusiast. A celestial map with someone's zodiac sign makes a thoughtful gift; or perhaps there is a time of year that holds a special event- we have maps of the stars for every season! Click the image above to see all of our celestial maps and prints.
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A Sample of our Large Nautical Chart Collection
The seafarers on your list will love our antique nautical charts, coast surveys, and lighthouse charts. Nautical charts would have been used at sea to navigate and they might show a vast distance like the northern Atlantic Ocean or a small harbor. A sailor would need many charts during a single voyage in order to arrive safely at their destination.
Coastal report charts were published in books and would never have seen the ocean, but that has no effect on their charm! These were created to show the progress of the US Coast Survey in their project to survey the coastlines of the country. They were not colored originally but we sometimes use a professional map colorist to add a bit of color- this increases the visual interest and clarifies the subject matter even when seen from a distance. We often have uncolored versions available as well.
Our Lighthouse Charts are very popular and we usually sell them very quickly! These were also published in report books, but they were made by the US Light-House Service. The circles show the area covered by each lighthouse and the charts explain what sort of light to expect. That sort of information would be included on nautical charts to aid mariners who, for example, might see a red and white flashing light and who could use that to discover which lighthouse they are near. But even if your friend or family member is not a sailor, these charts are delightful gifts!
|MORE THAN MAPS|
From Horses to Hockey, Butterflies to Flying Buttresses, Ships to Shells, and more!
Don't let the name fool you-- Maps of Antiquity sells more than just maps! Our extensive collection of antique place-based prints includes views of towns, cities, colleges, and natural wonders. We also offer sheet music from the 16th-18th centuries, architectural prints, historical prints and timelines, maritime prints, sports prints, and a wide variety of natural history prints including animals, fish, shells, botanicals, birds, fruit, and insects.
We also offer a carefully curated selection of reproductions. Have no fear- every item that is a reproduction will be very clearly listed as such! We carry two types of reproductions. The first and most common are our high quality giclee prints of antique maps. These reproductions are so faithful to the originals that many people cannot tell the difference, especially when framed. We have a large collection of reproductions of Cape Cod maps, as well as Non-Cape Cod Reproductions, and Non-Map reproductions. If you find a map on our website that you love everything about except the price tag, we may be able to create a custom reproduction of that map for you. Our custom reproductions are priced based on size and generally cost between $65-$250. We can print at the size of your choosing and also adjust other things, like color, using photoshop. Contact us for more information about our custom reproductions!
We also have another type of reproduction: our digitally engraved specialty prints. These are made in Italy using a fascinating method that blends traditional techniques with modern technology. Click here to see our full selection and read more about how they are made.
Is there a map lover in your life who's running out of wall space? Never fear! We can print and etch maps on a variety of flat surfaces to create a truly unique and personalized present. We have created maps on tile, cloth, wood panels, tables, wallpaper, and more! Have a project in mind that you would like to put an antique map on? Contact us! We may not be able to have a custom table ready by the holidays, but getting the process started early will increase the likelihood. We also have a small selection of tables available for sale at the shop- contact us for more information. You can browse some of our tables on our website.
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