The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
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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Review: The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic CrimeUser Review - Kathy - Goodreads
What an interesting book! Very well written, obscure little story about map theft. The author gets a bit rambly-I think the book is based on a magazine article he wrote-but I enjoyed his style so much I didn't mind going the extra mile with him! Read full review
Review: The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic CrimeUser Review - Rachelle - Goodreads
Very interesting book! I loved all the history in it and I also love old maps so it was very informative! Read full review
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