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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.

About the Author

Miles Harvey began reporting on Gilbert Bland in 1996 for Outside magazine. He has worked for UPI and In These Times, and he was the book-review columnist for Outside. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of Michigan, he has had a lifelong fascination with maps. He can be reached via the Internet at www.milesharvey.com.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307766564
Subtitle:
A True Story of Cartographic Crime
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Harvey, Miles
Author:
Miles Harvey
Subject:
History
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Libraries
Subject:
Map thefts
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Geography-General
Subject:
Geography-Mapping and Cartography
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel : United States - General
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010904
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
432

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History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » Politics » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » Ephemera
Reference » Bibliography and Library Science » Collection Development
Travel » North America » United States » General

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