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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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

Strange Waters
9
Mr Peabody and Mr Nobody
23
Imaginary Creatures
37
Copyright

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Miles Harvey was the book-review columnist for Outside.

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