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By: Shayne Benowitz | December 31, 2019

Get Ready for a Weekend Devoted to Antique Maps and Rare Collectibles during the Miami International Map Fair

Chart your course to Miami and beyond at the 27th annual Miami International Map Fair on March 13-15, 2020. Held at HistoryMiami, a Smithsonian affiliate institution, located in Downtown Miami, the festival is the longest continuously running map fair in the world. The weekend kicks off with a VIP Preview and Sale as well as an opening reception on Friday, March 13.

Meet more than 30 leading map dealers from around the world and check out a rare collection of antique maps, charts, town plans and atlases. You’ll get lost in thousands of maps, some dating back to the early 16th century. Many pieces in the collection are for sale with some limited collector’s items going for as much as $250,000. Plenty of other maps are priced more approachable, as low as $25—so there’s truly something for every style of collector.

“HistoryMiami is proud to host one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind in the world, highlighting the history and wonder of cartography,” says Jorge Zamanillo, executive director at HistoryMiami. “Each year, the Map Fair showcases a staggering amount of rare and antique maps—from important historical documents to stunning works of art—that are brilliant examples of human history.”

The fair offers a unique opportunity to view one of the rarest maps in the world. The only surviving example of The Gutierrez Map of the New World in Private Hands dates back to 1562. Originally published by Hieronymus Cock in Antwerp, the map extends from Florida and Texas in the north, to just south of the Amazon River. It’s from the cartographic work of Spain’s Diego Gutierrez. “Beyond their visual beauty, these maps give collectors and map enthusiasts a profound look into the past,” says Zamanillo.

There’s also a special series of topical lectures from experts with a wide breadth of knowledge in the industry, including Ronald E. Grim, Ph.D. on Mapping of the Nation in the 19th Century, PJ Mode on Deconstructing Persuasive Cartography and Todd T. Turrell on Historical and Modern Mapmaking in the Bahamas.

The Miami International Map Fair provides buyers with a weekend to browse antique maps, rare books, globes and atlases from around the world, including some from Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany. It’s a wonderful way for veteran and emerging cartography buffs to ogle over these beautiful gems.

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