“A must stop”

This is a must stop every year that I visit the Cape. If you enjoy history and maps obviously you’ll be interested but it’s just as useful as a place to find fantastic gifts for weddings, anniversaries or any special occasion. Gifting someone an antique or replica map of a special place in their life is unique and truly meaningful. They serve as great decorations and conversation pieces in your home. The staff is friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Maps of Antiquity.

October 21, 2017  Reviewed by Matt R.

“Something for everyone”

A hidden treasure for history buffs, collectors and obviously fans of antique maps. Outstanding collection of originals with diverse selection of geographic areas and time frames. Their offerings really have something for everyone. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly without being the least bit imposing or pushy. Would recommend to anyone visiting the Cape.

October 21, 2017  Reviewed by Andrew F.

“What a unique shopping experience”

When you visit, you will find yourself in a very unique establishment. It’s fun to wander through and explore on your own or with assistance. The small-looking structure belies the really incredible selection of maps, many of them unique and one of a kind, within. You never feel under pressure to buy and you have unbiased advice from the staff. Prices are reasonable and you cannot leave without feeling better informed. The staff are all smart, respectful and helpful, making your visit all the more enjoyable. What an experience!
August 23, 2017  Reviewed by Stuart G.

“Wonderful Experience!”

Our trip to Maps of Antiquity was something like I’ve never seen! Awesome staff, awesome maps, tons of history! This place more than lived up to my expectations. They have maps from all over the U.S including every state and around the world! You must stop here while you are visiting Chatham!

Jul 10, 2016 Reviewed by Matt J

“So pleased!”

Maps of Antiquity had the specific map I desired to present as a gift. The staff was so helpful and friendly. My map arrived in excellent condition. I highly recommend checking them out in person or via the Internet!

Jul 20, 2016 Reviewed by Rita D

“Customer Service”

Both Perri and Marisa were wonderful to work with. They were friendly, helpful and promptly responded to all of my emails. I would highly recommend using them for you antique map needs!

Jul 24, 2016 Reviewed by KRoy75

“Great place!”

We stopped by on our vacation to look around as my husband and I both love looking at maps. It’s not just maps, there are old science exhibits, pictures of birds and so much more. We purchased a couple of antique weather exhibits that were really cool. Since we were flying, they even wrapped it for us in a sturdy tube to carry back home. If you like old stuff, and not just maps, this is your place.

Jul 27, 2016 Reviewed by jules_travel55857

“Find your way here!”

I make an annual pilgrimage to Maps of Antiquity each summer. The selection of maps from around the world is amazing. The owners are passionate about their business and always helpful.

Aug 17, 2016 Reviewed by Tom M

“Excellent collection of antique maps and charts”

I bought a map from Maps of Antiquity as a gift for my husband. I called the store and provided a description of what I was looking for. Perri was extremely helpful and emailed me suggestions for what fit my description. Maps of Antiquity has a very wide and comprehensive selection of impressive maps and I was able to find exactly what I was looking for. I received the map very promptly in the mail and it is gorgeous and in great condition, especially given its age. My husband was very happy. I highly recommend shopping at Maps of Antiquity as I had a very positive experience.

Sep 11, 2016 Reviewed by dressagealexis18

“Niche luxury”

Extremely friendly staff are there to help you sift through a fascinating array of well preserved maps and prints. I’ve never experienced a store like this, as it blends the feel of a historical library with a commercial store. It is hard not to be impressed when looking at 500 year old hand colored maps or beautiful 100 year old sea weed lithographs. It may sound strange, but it is impressive to those who appreciate such things and you won’t find another place like it.

Aug 19, 2016 Reviewed by Cal C

“Map purchase”

I bought an antique map online from Maps of Antiquity. It arrived in perfect shape thanks to outstanding packaging. The owners were very pleasant and informative in their correspondence, and the map itself was exactly what i was looking for. I’d recommend the experience to anyone looking for an old map.

Dec 30, 2015 Reviewed by John O

“Online store”

I was looking for an antique map of an area in Massachusetts. I am in Wyoming and was only able to search online. Maps of Antiquity has an excellent website which made it easy to browse. I called them for some additional help and they were knowledgeable and friendly. The map was shipped promptly and made it safely, in good condition to Wyoming. I would shop there again.

Jan 28, 2016 Reviewed by EBB83001

“Awesome business – entire experience was top-notch!”

I don’t even know how I found this website but it’s a real treasure, and gave me a fantastic idea for my husband’s birthday. The collection of maps they have is just incredible. The site is a little outdated but it adds to the charm, given what they’re selling…clearly these folks are map aficionados who know and love what they’re doing! I’m not a “cartophile” but I can imagine that those who are just drool over this site. I easily found what I was looking for (an old map of the Polynesian islands) and was able to get a great sense of what I was buying via the description and enlarged picture. I knew it would be perfect. Ordering was easy, a gal at the shop emailed back and forth with me a few times regarding shipping status, she was super responsive and pleasant. The map was shipped promptly, arrived via priority mail within a few days, packaging was perfect, everything done with great care and attention to detail. My husband loves the map (so do I, it is super cool!). 5-star experience and I’m sure I’ll shop here again.

Sep 21, 2016 Reviewed by msplaykate

“Great Maps”

Really interesting little map place. They have lots of maps of the US but also plenty from the rest of the world. We picked up two antique maps of Scotland. Really worth a visit. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

Sep 22, 2016 Reviewed by Suzanne L

Have an old map but don’t know the value?

Let me suggest Maps of Antiquity as a solution.

They offer several affordable options for appraising old maps; and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful in assisting you. Robert Zaremba’s expertise is evident in his detailed evaluation. Without any reservation, I would highly recommend this organization.                              [Posted by C. K Roberts, March 2017, New York]

What an Honor!

Thank you so much to all of you, our wonderful customers, who made it possible for us to win Best Antiques on Cape Cod from Best of Boston Home® 2017!  We truly appreciate your continued business, your kind reviews, and your enthusiasm for antique maps!  You can find us mentioned in the current Boston Home® magazine, on newstands now!

Maps of ANtiquity won Best Antiques in Best of Boston Home 2017!

Maps of Antiquity won Best Antiques in Best of Boston Home 2017!

“A must see!”

Maps are my spouses thing. I usually grin and bear it. Not here, this place was amazing. Maps galore and knowledge here to go with it. We spent over an hour just browsing around. It was tough to leave!

Oct 11, 2016 Reviewed by Trvl4Funb455

We can’t help but brag about our incredible customers, especially when they do something creative and lovely.  That’s why we just HAVE to show off this stunning headboard, made by a customer using a piece of fabric that we custom printed with George W. Eldridge’s Chart C.  We worked with him to create the perfect fabric for his project, then he reinforced the back with extra fabric and put in the grommets before attaching it to the bed frame with rope.  How awesome is that?!?

Headboard Map Decor Bed

Customer’s one-of-a-kind headboard

We can print on a wide variety of surfaces, including fabric, tile, wood, and more.  In the past we have produced custom wallpaper, ceiling decor, a TV cover, tiles, tables, and now the fabric for a custom headboard!  Many thanks to the wonderful customer who shared this photo with us!

Decorating Your Home or Business with Antique Maps

Maps, whether antiques or reproductions, can truly elevate a room’s style!  To prove it, we have some photos showing how we have decorated with maps in one of our guest rooms.  Take a look at the photos below.  We hope it will inspire some decorating creativity!

Cape Cod Map Decorating Decor

This Cape Cod Ghost Map enlivens the space above a side table.

Antique Map Decorating Decor

There is a TV hiding in the wooden stand below, while a vignette featuring books, a lovely lamp, and an antique map drawn interest above.

Antique Map Decorating Decor

This antique map sits next to a door that is almost always closed and brings interest to an area that you might not think about otherwise.

Chatham Map Decorating Decor

Even little wall spaces are perfect places for maps. Antique maps come in small sizes, perfect for those hard-to-decorate places.

Antique Print Decorating Decor

This little antique print looks great against the teal wall paint, and the frame matches the bureau well! We think it looks classy without looking fussy.

I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a map store as extensive and authentic

As a visitor from San Antonio, good friends who live in Mashpee took us to the map store. Maps are my favorite things, and I really didn’t expect the experience I had coming to a small house with little distinction, set back from the street in a small town. In travels across the world, I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a map store as extensive and authentic. I could have stayed all day, going through the entire collection.

Being from Texas, I inquired about maps from my area and was genuinely surprised to find an wide-ranging collection. The first map that caught my eye was an original (taken, obviously, with a binding, from an atlas), an Augustus Mitchell 1860 County map of Texas with hand colorings. I really wanted it and was serious, but the price was more than I anticipated and I had to give it some thought. In the process, the store manager showed me a recent print of the same map – a perfect reproduction indistinguishable from the original, priced less than a fifth of the original. Very tempting.

Again, after much consideration, I decided on the original. I wanted the real thing. The manager did not have to show me the print (and I would not likely have discovered it on my own). The integrity of the transaction, along with the engaging knowledge and welcoming of the manager made a memorable and immensely pleasurable experience. I will visit the store again on subsequent trips to the Cape.

LD
San Antonio, Texas

It’s Autumn (Again!)

It’s that time of year– time to relax in your coziest clothes, with a nice warm beverage, and hunker down…. so you can enjoy our Autumn newsletter for 2015!

In this newsletter you will learn some map terminology, read about the Mapping Manhattan book in our book review, and also plan your holiday shopping using our helpful shipping timeline!

Manhattan Map Antique Reproduction

One of the newest additions to our shop and website: REP340 Manhattan Then and Now Reproduction

If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, you can do so from the “Welcome” page or any of the shopping pages of our website. While you are anxiously awaiting the next newsletter, please peruse our highly entertaining and informative Autumn 2015 Newsletter.

“It was a treasure trove of art and history.”

This traditional “Cape Cod” house on Main St in Chatham,Ma is situated in a beautiful garden setting. The main floor houses a huge,and fascinating collection of antique maps and reproductions. The owner, Bob and his staff are very professional and knowledgable and the maps can be matted and framed on the premises and shipped wherever needed. I found two beautiful antique maps of Ireland, but came home with a whole wish list of maps i NEED in the future. Upstairs there are guest rooms which we were privileged to stay in. Comfortable,clean and in a perfect location to Chatham and all fun places in Cape Cod. I especially loved the window seat over looking Bob’s beautiful gardens. We arranged our stay through sales and service manager Marisa who is as gracious as she is lovely. Many thanks to all,it was a wonderful experience.

yomomma2015
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed September 16, 2015

“Wonderful Shop and Shopkeeper”

I wanted an antique-style map of Cape Cod, and had been looking at antique stores and shops throughout our recent visit. Maps of Antiquity was recommended to me, so we went to see what they had. I was charmed by the cottage-styled shop. The owner was so pleasant and helpful. I found exactly what I wanted, and he arranged to have my purchase shipped to my home. It arrived exactly as he promised: no delays and securely wrapped for shipping. I am so pleased with my experience, and I would highly recommend this interesting and fun shop to visitors of the lovely towm of Chatham!

C. Bergthold, Richland Hills, Texas

Visited June 2015

“A must-see stop for visitors to Chatham”

My family spent about half an hour in this shop, browsing the amazing maps. The owner chatted with us quite a bit, telling us a bit about Chatham (it was our first visit there), offering some recommendations for things to do there, and highlighting some items in his collections (including his oldest maps). This is a fun place for anyone to visit, and I highly recommend a stop here. It definitely stands out from the clothing/art boutiques that dominate Chatham’s downtown.

Marsha B., Exton, Pennsylvania
Visited June 2015

“History Buff’s Paradise”

We had a few rainy days in the Cape, so we had to rearrange our thinking about what to do. This shop looked intriguing – and it was!! How fun to see maps dating back to medieval times. So cool to see how our world has transformed. Also, of special interest was the New England room where we found several prints from local attractions of childhood towns. Stop here if you have some time and love maps or history!! The shopkeeper was happy to have us peruse and even brought us out some maps of interest from our conversation!

Visited June 2015

“Fun shopping”

We happened into this shop while driving around and were very happy that we did. The owner and his associate were so pleasant and helpful. He has a wonderful collections of all sorts of maps and great ideas on how to use them for table tops, tiles, not just framing. One can easily spend a few hours exploring.

Annie, Clifton Park, New York
Visited June 2015

“Something Special”

We decided to purchase a map to remind us of our wonderful stay on the cape and at the Guest House. The range of maps is amazing and there is something for anyone interested in maps from around the world. The staff are excellent and went out of their way to help. Certainly worth a visit if you are interested in historical maps.

Visited June 2015 from Newcastle, Australia

“Wonderful place!”

We stopped by to browse and spend a short time but spent hours browsing the thousands of maps from all over the world. I haven’t had so much fun buying something in a long time. Bought an 1860 beautiful United States map that we will frame.

Visited June 2015 from South Florida, Florida

“Hidden Gem!”

We stopped out of curiosity thinking it was an antique store, but it’s a Guest House AND if you are looking for maps this is the place to go! Maps from all over the world…and easily works of art in their own respect. They also have Vintage postcards.There are three charming and beautifully done rooms that they rent out and the rates they quoted seemed more than reasonable considering they are located right on Route 28 minutes from Chatham Center, local beaches, and the Cape Cod Bike Trail. The back yard has lovely gardens and there were lilac and wisteria blooming at the time of our visit. The owners Danielle and Robert were friendly and welcoming. We are already trying to figure out how soon we can book our next stay in one of their suites!

Visited May 2015 from Hadley, NY

“Perfect visit”

My boyfriend wanted to get a map for his mother for a present so we went in here to see what they had and we were not disappointed. Not only did the owners help him find exactly what he wanted in his price range they helped me find postcards from the turn of the 20th century of my hometown in CT. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who cares about the history of cape cod and wherever they hail from.

Very cute kitty just an added plus !

Caitlin Z, Visited May 2015

“This place brought out the sense of adventure inside of me!!!”

When I first heard about Maps of Antiquity, I was excited but had some reservations about whether or not they would have anything I was looking for. Much to my surprise, these guys really hit the ball out of the park. These folks really know what they are doing and have access to a vast amount of resources. Who would have thought that there would be a beautiful map of the Philippines included in a US Commercial Atlas. If you like maps or items of antiquity, and you have a great sense of adventure, this is the place for you!!!

Belinda, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Visited April 2015

“Went for a quick look, stayed over an hour!”

What a great little shop in Chatham. Maps of Antiquity is housed in a charming old structure, filled with antique prints, maps and documents. The shop owners are just as happy to let you independently browse the merchandise as they are to assist you with any search or question. There is so much of interest to look at, I could have stayed all day.

Visited April 2015

“Best antique maps and customer service, look no further you are in excellent hands!”

Maps of antiquity is the best place to but antique maps that we have came across, and that is a lot to say coming from Europe where the competition is fierce! Maps of antique have not only a wide range and excellent quality but also a team of passionate specialists who really know a lot and truly enjoy their expertise. In addition they send maps to London where we live -the last one we ordered arrived within a week after purchase and during the Christmas period so we were very pleased and impressed with their fast turn around- We felt really lucky we came across to Maps of Antiquity and their team. Perri in particular was such a star and made it all happen so flawlessly!
Many thanks Rob, Danielle and Perri and we ll be back soon!

Cris Mardiez, London, United Kingdom
Visited January 2015

“So easy to work with and excellent customer service”

I wanted to get my mom a map of Cape Cod for her new home on the Cape as a Christmas present. Since we live in Western part of the state, it was not going to be easy for me to go to Maps of Antiquity to see their selections. They made this process so easy for me, they provided me with photos and descriptions of maps that they knew fit my criteria. Perri who I mainly communicated with was the most pleasant and helpful person. Since I decided to pick up the framed map from the store after Christmas when we were going to be in town instead of having it shipped to my mom’s before Christmas, Perri knowing my mom was not going to see her present on Christmas even included a description and photo of the piece I purchased so that I can have my mom open that on Christmas day. When I went to the store to pick it up, Perri wasn’t there but the two people that were there on that day, were just as wonderful!

Y.C., Amherst, Massachusetts
Visited January 2015

“Professional, prompt and personalized.”

I was looking for a special personal gift for friends, to gift it to them at Thanksgiving. Through my research I came across Maps of Antiquity. I got in touch with them and they were so amazing. They are prompt, informed and meticulous. They took me through the steps and my husband and zeroed in on an antique map of the county our friends live in. We know this will be very special to them.It arrived promptly after I placed the order. It was so exciting to see a map from the mid 19th century colored by unknown hands. Its an absolute treasure. If you are looking for rare finds for yourself or to gift it to loved ones Map of Antiquity is an absolute must that you should not miss out on

Ash, Jersey City, NJ
Visited November 2014

“Couldn’t have been more helpful !!!”

My wife and I went to the store to look at maps of Nepal. There were 4 people in the store and we didn’t realize all of them worked at the store. I asked one of them if she had any maps of Nepal and she produced a couple. Soon I realized that all 4 of these people were hunting for Nepal maps and they produced several. What fantastic service! We spent about 2 hours in the store talking to all of the helpful staff about a variety of subjects. It made a rainy morning very memorable.
Thank you all !!

B & A, Boston, MA

Visited November 2014