About Antique Maps

Welcome to the Mapcarte gallery of authentic original maps from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

Our Regions galleries showcase a representative sample of our full inventory of antique maps and atlases. If you do not find exactly what you are looking for, please contact us to discuss a custom search at no extra cost.


Unless stated differently, all maps are original copper or steel plate engravings, or woodcuts, published at or near the specified date.

Color has been applied by hand unless otherwise noted. The expression “original color” means that the item was colored at or about the time of publication. Most maps were colored some time after publication at an unknown date. Measurements are given in inches, including margins. Each item is in collectable Condition, although some bear imperfections caused by use or age. Care has been taken to note serious flaws.

Map Condition

Describing a map’s condition is highly subjective. Mapcarte uses a rating system common to map dealers throughout the World:

Very Fine (VF) – Map is clean and bright with a strong image.

Fine (F) – Map generally has a clean, sharp image. Flaws and repairs are noted.

Very Good (VG) – Map has no significant imperfections, though paper quality and margin size may vary. Minor flaws such as wormholes, age toning, or a centerfold separation not affecting the image may be present.

Good (G) – Map bears noticeable imperfections but remains in collectible condition. Foxing, a weak map image, and/or a wide centerfold separation are described.

All maps sold by Mapcarte are in collectable condition.


Proper care of an antique map is critical in maintaining its condition and preserving its value.

If the map is to be displayed, we strongly recommend using an experienced professional framer. The use of non-acidic materials combined with museum quality glass is the best protection for antique papers. A handsome frame and matte can heighten the beauty and value of your piece.

Our Chicago area clients have had outstanding results with professional framing from our affiliate, the Art Post Gallery located at 984 G Willow Road, Northbrook, Illinois. We highly recommend the gallery’s framing services, and would be happy to introduce you. You may also contact the Art Post directly at www.ArtPostGallery.com.

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