As with most dealers who enjoy being involved in the antique map business, I started out as a collector about 25 years ago. In learning about the variety of maps available, my favourites quickly became those produced in the 16th and 17th centuries due to a combination of their beauty, craftsmanship, artistic embellishments and inaccuracies that reflected the limited understanding of world geography at that time. In my opinion, the majority of maps engraved in the 18th century and later lost many of the qualities that I found delightful and simply became plainly drawn, unembellished reference tools.
So in creating this business, a decision was made to principally stock decorative maps that originate from this early period. In our website, you will generally find 16th and 17th century maps from mapmakers such as John Speed, the Blaeus, Jansson, Ortelius, Hondius, Braun and Hogenberg and John Ogilby. Including examples from both his "Theatre" and "Prospect" atlases, we have one of the most extensive offerings of John Speed maps anywhere in the world. As this business is located in
Maps Perhaps is owned and managed by Stephen Guth and is located just to the west of London. Viewing by appointment may be arranged by contacting Stephen by either email or telephone.
We do not sell reproductions. All of our maps are guaranteed to be original period maps.