The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime

by Miles Harvey | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0375501517 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 11/5/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, November 5, 2016
Picked this up at the Mississauga Symphony Sale.

From Chapters:
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.

Journal Entry 2 by LFLHunter at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 23, 2023
This book looks interesting. Thank You.

Journal Entry 3 by LFLHunter at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 17, 2024
This book tells the story of Gilbert Bland who is a thief of maps, the author, Miles Harvey delves deep into his life, his crimes and his eventual undoing. Miles Harvey also explores the world of stolen maps, map making and map collecting.

Close to the end of the book in chapter 13 "Mr. Bland, I presume" is when Miles Harvey finally meets the man he has been studying for years.

I especially enjoyed the reference to David Livingstone, a relative of mine.

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