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

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Crown/Archetype, Oct 6, 2010 - Social Science - 432 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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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This is an absolutely fascinating true crime account of the cartomaniac who stole hundreds of priceless maps from the stacks of such illustrious libraries as The Peabody (at Johns Hopkins University ... Read full review

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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

Contents

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INTRODUCTIONS STRANGE WATERS IX
359
THE MAP MOGUL
367
A BRIEF Hzsroxzy or CARTOGRAPHIC CRIME
382
MR BLAND I PRESUME
390
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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 www.milesharvey.com.


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