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Press release April 8, 2009 Culture

A yearly event dedicated to early maps of the world, from 1477 to about 1900.

The Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
London SW7 2AR

SATURDAY 6TH June 12.00 - 19.00
SUNDAY 7TH June 10.00 - 17.00
(Free Admission)

Now in its 29th consecutive year, it is the largest Antique Map Fair in Europe and the most well established event of its kind in the world.

Last year's move to the historic home of the Royal Geographical Society was highly successful, and we are pleased to confirm the same prestigious venue for the JUNE 2009 London Map Fair.
This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international map dealers as well as hundreds of dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world.
A truly spectacular selection of Rare Antique Maps will be for sale, ranging in age from 15th C. to 20th C., covering all parts of the world and priced to suit all pockets: from £10 to £100,000.
Exhibitors will also offer a fantastic range of Atlases, Travel Books, Globes, Sea Charts, Town Plans, Topographical Prints and related ephemera.
Famous Cartographers and Publishers such as Ptolemy, Mercator, Ortelius, John Speed, Christopher Saxton and many other important figures in the history of map-making will be well represented.

London Map Fair Lectures are held daily at 14.30 in the Ondaatje Theatre, inside the RGS building.
(Admission is free and is strictly on a first come first served basis)

We're pleased to announce that our guest speaker this year will be Francis Herbert, former Curator of Maps at the Royal Geographical Society, who will speak on ‘Back to the drawing board: 120 years of map-making in the RGS.' Using original material from the Map Drawing Office and the Society's Collections, some of which will be on public display for the first time, Francis will explore the process of map-making from start to finish, showing how original manuscript surveys made in remote corners of the world were transformed by draughtsmen (and women) at the RGS into printed maps. This year there will also be guided tours of the Royal Geographical Society, a rare opportunity for the public to see inside this historic building.

The RGS is conveniently situated at the edge of Hyde Park, next to the Royal Albert Hall and close to the Victoria & Albert Museum, Harrods, Knightsbridge and the West End.

For further information contact:

Massimo De Martini
(Advertising and PR manager)
London Map Fairs Ltd

Tel: 020 7491 0010
[email protected]