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.
San Antonio, Texas