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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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

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User 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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Contents

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INTRODUCTIONS STRANGE WATERS IX
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THE MAP MOGUL
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A BRIEF Hzsroxzy or CARTOGRAPHIC CRIME
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MR BLAND I PRESUME
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About the author (2010)

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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