For a general, published directory, see Sheppard's International Directories of Ephemera,
Prints and Maps, 4th edition (Farnham, Surrey: Richard Joseph, 1999). ISBN 1-872699-68-5.
For instructions on joining the Map Trade discussion list, where
are announced and maps offered, see Other discussion lists.
Postings to the list are placed in the archive.
If your interest is in second-hand Ordnance Survey
maps, the Charles Close
Society issued the first 'informal listing' of dealers in such
material in December 2001.
Neil Street posts a weekly 'Auction Preview' on First Printing: The Antique Maps
and Prints Blog. Increasingly, auction houses are posting details of forthcoming sales, with sample descriptions. You can also check MapForum, which includes selected items from selected forthcoming sales.
Sotheby's held their first on-line auction
in June 2000. AuctionBytes.com
claims to be the 'the essential buyers' and sellers' guide to online auctions and collectibles'.
Book Prices Current ([Washington, D.C.:] Bancroft-Parkman). [Founded 1895. From 2005 it
has been issued on a single cumulative CD-ROM, covering the period from 1975. The earlier
printed form was an annual listing of material coming through the world's major auction houses,
with indexes at irregular intervals. See in Part I (MSS) under 'Maps & Charts' and Part II
(Books) under 'Atlas' and 'Maps' (arranged by region). As its webpage explains: 'ABPC is not
just a transcribed record of titles and prices, copied unquestioningly from the season's auction
catalogues. ABPC is the standard tool used by dealers, appraisers, auction houses, scholars and
tax authorities. It is, moreover, the only work in English in which each listing of printed
material has been checked as to title, format, date of publication, edition, and limitation.']
Antique Map Price Guide see next entry
Map Price Record. [Published, from 2012, by OldMaps.com (Curt and Marti Griggs), as a priced listing of over 150,000
records of maps that passed through selected auction houses and dealers - as a result of the
merging of the 138,000 entries on the former Antique Map Price Record (linked to
40,000 high-resolution images, e.g. from the the Library of Congress and David Rumsey
Collection) and the 60,000 on OldMaps.com's 'Antique Map Price Guide'. What had been a
cumulative annual listing from 1983 (on CD-ROM from 2002) will now be accessible via online
subscription. Formerly: David C. Jolly, Antique Maps, Sea Charts, City Views, Celestial
Charts and Battle Plans: Price Guide and Collectors' Handbook, produced latterly by Jon
& Bernice Rosenthal, and from 2002-11 by Jeremy Pool.]
Book Auction Records (Folkestone: Dawson). [Founded 1902. Annual listing of
coming through the world's major auction houses, with indexes at
irregular intervals. Ceased publication after 1997. Cartographic entries grouped under
'atlases' and a separate section 'printed maps, charts and plans'. This
was dropped for the 1997 volume.]
Imago Mundi. The International
Journal for the History of
Cartography. [Section 6 of the annual 'Chronicle' (by Ashley
Baynton-Williams) lists (without giving prices)
rare and important items that have come up for sale, via auctions or
dealers. Section 5 lists notable acquisitions, arranged by
A review in The Portolan 79 (Winter 2010), pp.43-4 by Leigh Lockwood about 'Map World's
Catalogue of Antique Maps 1472-1850', produced a reply from its publisher and that, in turn, one
from Jeremy Pool, producer of the 'Antique Map Price Record', to which the former had been compared