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Armed with a little guidance from these excellent books, new collector is likely to focus on a particular niche within map collecting field. This is an important step, since it is by narrowing focus that a beginner is able to most quickly gain necessary expertise for successful, and enjoyable, collecting. However, new collector should also take some time to look around before jumping into a chosen area. There are as many collecting “areas” as there are collectors, and a little time and effort spent exploring field may lead to surprising and unique choices.
What can a person expect to pay for an antique map? The price range is as wide, or wider, than almost every other field of antique collecting. Perfectly acceptable antique maps can be had for as little as $50. For those with a deep pocket, rare or hard-to-find maps can easily run into five or six figures. With relatively low cost of entry, antique map collecting is an ideal choice for many individuals, combining wide opportunity for research and learning (history, geography, art, engraving, printing, politics, to name but a few) with opportunity to display one’s prizes in an attractive way. And for those who truly “catch bug,” antique map collecting can become a passion that is limited only by imagination.
Neil Street is the owner of VintageMaps.Com, which he founded in 1997. His website, an online destination for the antique map and antique print enthusiast, is at http://www.vintagemaps.com Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org He can also be reached at (203)762-3474.