Miami International Map Fair

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Miami International Map Fair

Mar 7 - 8, 2020

By: Kara Franker | Jan 27, 2019

Miami International Map Fair in Downtown Miami

Chart your course to Miami and beyond at the 26th annual Miami International Map Fair on February 2-3, 2019. Hosted by HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate located in Downtown Miami, the festival is the longest continuously running map fair in the world.

Meet more than 35 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 one going for as high as $250,000. Other maps, not quite as unique, are priced 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, President/Chief Executive Officer for HistoryMiami Museum. “Each year, the Map Fair showcases a staggering amount of rare and antique maps—from important historical documents to stunning works of art—that are brilliant examples of human history.”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 Hieronymous 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.

Held annually during the first weekend in February, 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, United Kingdom and Germany.

2019 International Map Fair Schedule

There’s also a special series of topical lectures from experts with a wide breadth of knowledge in the industry. View the 2019 Map Fair schedule and speakers series, or read more detailed information about the speakers.

Friday, Feb. 1:

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - VIP Private Preview Sale and Cocktail Reception for dealers and full-access weekend registrants only.

Saturday, Feb. 2:

10 a.m. – Map Fair opens to the public.

11 a.m. - Map Collecting for Beginners: An Informal Workshop by Ashley Baynton-Williams, a third generation map-dealer who works with institutional and private clients.

3 p.m. - Talking Maps at the Bodleian Library: Discussion by Dr. Jerry Brotton, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London, and Adam Lowe, (Oxford, 1959) is the Director of Factum Arte (2001) and Founder of Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation (2009).

5 p.m. – Collectors Circle Cocktail Reception.

Sunday, Feb. 3:

1 p.m. - Antillean Vision: Imagining a Map of the Prehistoric Caribbean by Dr. William J. Pestle, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami and the Director of UM’s Latin American Studies Program.

3 p.m. - It’s All Data After All: Cartographic Frontiers in the Geospatial Revolution by Matthew Toro, a research geographer currently serving as the Director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services at the Arizona State University Library.

Tickets, Hours & Parking

The fair is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at HistoryMiami Museum located at 101 West Flagler Street in Downtown Miami. Parking is available at the Cultural Center Parking Garage located at 50 NW 2nd Avenue.

Full access weekend registration is $75 and includes entry to the VIP private preview and sale on Friday, two VIP cocktail receptions, lunch each day, weekend admission for the dealer marketplace and speaker presentations.

Daily admission is as follows: HistoryMiami Museum members: $5; Non-members: $15; University and High School Students with w/valid school ID: $10 (at the door only); Children: Ages 6-12 $5.; Children under six are free. Single day admission includes access to dealer marketplace, expert opinion and speaker presentations.

The Miami International Map Fair sponsors include BrandsMart U.S.A., AbeBooks.com, Miami Herald, Lawrence J. Denmark, Richard Angotta, Maria Enriquez, Dennis and Carolyn Gurtz, High Ridge Books, Inc., Tom and Lee Touchton and Al Welch.

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