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The Island of Lost Maps

A True Story of Cartographic Crime

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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Loved it

Fascinating subject matter, wonderful writing and hard-to-believe crime.

One of my Favorite books

Miles Harvey has written a fascinating account of an unusual crime and woven in tales of the history of maps that I have never heard of before. Fantastic! I can also suggest he second book, Painter in a Savage Land, to be equally engaging. Well done Mr. Harvey!

The Island of Lost Maps
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: Sep 05, 2000
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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