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

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GK Hall, 2001 - True Crime - 445 pages
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The Island of Lost Maps is 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 the Al Capone of cartography, a man with the unlikely name of Gilbert Bland, Jr., an enigmatic antiques dealer from south Florida whose cross-country slash-and-dash operation went virtually undetected until he was caught in December 1995.
This is also the story of author Miles Harvey's quest to understand America's greatest map thief, a chameleon who changed careers and families without ever looking back. Gilbert Bland was a cipher, a blank slate - for Harvey, journalistic terra incognita. Filling in Bland's life was like filling in a map, and grew from an investigation into an intellectual adventure.

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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  - Regina - Goodreads

a great read for librarians and those who loves books and libraries - the solving of a real crime. Read full review

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Miles Harvey was the book-review columnist for Outside.

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