The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime

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Broadway Books, Sep 1, 2001 - True Crime - 404 pages
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The Island of Lost Maps tells the story of a curious crime spree: the theft of scores of valuable centuries-old maps from some of the most prominent research libraries in the United States and Canada. The perpetrator was Gilbert Joseph Bland, Jr., an enigmatic antiques dealer from South Florida, whose cross-country slash-and-dash operation had gone virtually undetected until he was caught in 1995–and was unmasked as the most prolific American map thief in history. As Miles Harvey unravels the mystery of Bland’s life, he maps out the world of cartography and cartographic crime, weaving together a fascinating story of exploration, craftsmanship, villainy, and the lure of the unknown.

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The illustrations were phenomenal. - Goodreads
Too many digressions, too much pop psychology. - Goodreads
I did enjoy the book, but it wasn't a page turner. - Goodreads
A cartographic page turner. - Goodreads
The premise was there. - Goodreads

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

This book is about maps, antique map collectors, and most specifically an antique map thief. I was really interested in the book towards the beginning, but since I read that part months ago, I can't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sandi - Goodreads

This book is so interesting such a crime spree under the noses of lots of of people this is the second book about map thrives . Loaded with money loved it Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Miles Harvey began reporting on Gilbert Bland in 1996 for Outside magazine. He has worked for UPI and In These Times, and he was the book-review columnist for Outside. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of Michigan, he has had a lifelong fascination with maps. He can be reached via the Internet at

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