New York, NY, October 13, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Geographicus, (www.geographicus.com) a dealer in rare and vintage maps, is leading off its Holiday 2009 portfolio of rare maps with one of the most important maps in U.S. history.
This rare 1846 pocket map of Texas, Oregon, Upper California and surrounding areas was one of the most widely circulated maps of Texas by the most prominent American map publisher of the mid-19th century. The Geographicus featured collection also includes rare and vintage maps of Florida and Cuba, the Russian Empire, Southeast Asia, and many major cities worldwide, with maps dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. These featured maps are easily visible on the Geographicus home page.
However, Geographicus proprietor Kevin Brown said vintage maps can also be a surprisingly affordable client or holiday gift, with prices that are competitive with holiday gift baskets, fine desk accessories, or leather goods. “Our collection spans every price point from $100 to tens of thousands of dollars and everything in between,” said Brown. “My clients tell me there is no comparison for cachet, aesthetic and intellectual appeal, and decorative versatility of antique maps,” he said. “Unlike most genres of fine art and antique collectables, authentic rare and antique maps are obtainable and affordable to almost anyone. In few other areas are authentic historic objects of such significance available at such an approachable price point,” he said.
Unlike other more traditional gifts, rare maps have investment value as well. “Vintage maps more than hold their value, which can increase by 10 percent to 15 percent a year,” said Brown, who blogs about cartography at his corporate website and maintains an online archive for professional and amateur map enthusiasts.
This year, Brown has noted a recent uptick in inquiries from women looking for distinctive gifts for men. Other clients include recreational travelers, law firms, real estate companies, investment banks, interior decorators, and many others. “Authentic rare and antique maps appeal to anyone with an interest in history, an attachment to a special place or heritage, an interest in a specific era, or a love of travel,” said Brown. “Antique maps can fit into any decorative scheme from minimalist to Victorian, primitive to modern; many companies find them an ideal retirement gift for senior management,” he said, “while parents find them an interesting way to develop an interest in their family heritage. The enormous diversity of rare cartographic material available means that a perfect antique map gift can be identified for nearly anyone.”
Among the offerings at Geographicus are rare maps of New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C, and other major cities in the U.S. and worldwide; maps of countries on every continent, including Antarctica; maritime maps (including an 18th century map of the Sandwich Islands rumored to have been drawn by William Bligh, of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, while he was stationed as midshipman on Captain Cook’s third voyage to the South Pacific); celestial maps and even maps of the moon made in 1961 by the U.S. Geological Survey in preparation for the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission.
Antique maps can be purchased quickly and easily online at the Geographicus website, with framing and shipping options available for one stop gifting.
About Geographicus Rare & Antique Maps: Geographicus Rare & Antique Maps was founded by Kevin James Brown in 1999. They are generalist antiquarians dealing in historic maps from all over the world and in all price ranges. A large portion of their constantly growing and changing inventory of authentic antique maps is available on their online gallery. Geographicus owner Kevin Brown is a passionate collector and student of historic maps as well as an active dealer. The Geographicus online gallery of rare maps offers some of the highest resolution images and most thoroughly researched studies of their individual offerings available anywhere. Collectors and rare map enthusiasts new and old are always welcome by appointment.
Geographicus Antique Maps
Kevin J. Brown, Proprietor
201 West 105th Street, Ste. 42
New York, NY 10025 - USA