Welcome to Original Antique Maps

  • A New Map of North America with the West India Islands Divided According to the Preliminary Articles of Peace, Signed at Versailles 20 Jan. 1783, publ. 1786
  • Holden, c.1838 (engraved at Lahainaluna, Hawaii)
  • The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America. 1781 (First Edition)
  • United States Exploring Expedition. Set of 15 Individually Published navigation charts.
  • New and Correct Map of the Lines of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Fall 1883
  • Gertrude Holbrook American Manuscript Herbarium and Travelogue: Wheaton Seminary, Tennessee during the Civil War, mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, and Southern Canada (1845-1871)
  • Pictorial Map of the United States 1847
  • Phelps & Ensign's Travellers' Guide, and Map of the United States, 1845
  • WWII U.S. Army Newsmaps, 1943-1944
  • Aldus Chapin Higgins Photo Album, 1923 A Ten Weeks Vacation Trip to Europe
  • Map of the Republic of Paraguay, With the Adjacent territories of Brazil, Uruguay and the Argentine Republic, Showing the Valley of the Rio De La Plata. 1851
  • Rand McNally Official Map of the Moon [3-D ed.] 1969
  • Mapa Oceánico publicado por la Libreria Alemana de Ernst Nolte Buenes Aires. nd, c. 1894
  • Constant Somers, Manuscript Ship Navigation Notebook and Diary, May 16, 1811 - c. July 6, 1811 [American]
  • Fort Monroe And Vicinity [Virginia] c. 1860
  • Nouvelle Asie [nd]c. 1946-1947
  • Map of the Adirondack Wilderness Compiled by S.R. Stoddard.1882 - second edition

Upcoming Events

Pasadena, California: Feb.10-12, 2023, International Antiquarian Book Fair
Pasadena Convention Center, Marengo Avenue

Booth #409 - Original Antique Maps

Original Antique Maps specializes in Americana and international maps of the 18th, 19th and 20th century published close to home and as far away as the Sandwich Islands. We offer our clients antique maps with an eye for the art, narrative and symbolism of the times in which a map was published. The philosophy of Original Antique Maps is that antique cartographic materials are also relevant to contemporary culture and ideas.

The Original Antique Maps inventory is organized in two parts: the "General Collection" of well regarded antique maps and prints; and "The Back Room" that offers rare, scarce or one of a kind materials. The inventory changes frequently.

The Back Room is also the place to find 19th century American Wall Maps - an area of special interest. Antique American wall maps hail from a time when art and knowledge were writ large and hung on the wall, either in public places or in the privacy of the parlor. Antique wall maps are remarkable paper tapestries.

Both the General Collection and The Back Room offer geographic and thematic maps, celestial charts, nautical charts, railroad maps, travel guides and urban bird's eye views to name a few. From time to time you may find broadsides with rich compositions of type fonts, imagery and text, illustrated 19th century children's books or 19th century scientific materials and from the 20th century boldly colorful pictorial maps of places both real and imagined. What unifies this ever changing collection is that each map, print or publication is a spokesman for its time, illustrating that moment when political boundaries moved, territories grew towns, inventors introduced new technology, political sovereignty shifted or a new cultural paradigm emerged.

Behold an antique map and grasp art, science and knowledge in your hands.