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The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime review à eBook or Kindle ePUB Â In 1995 a watchful patron alerted a librarian at Johns Hopkins University that another patron a middle aged and well dressed man was behaving suspiciously The librarian called the police who discoveredRary to library reconstructing the crimes of the man he deems the Al Capone of map theft following the contours of Bland's complex sinister character Along the way Harvey examines the history of cartography generally and the ravenous market for old maps once the uiet province of a few knowing collectors now invaded by speculators These maps are just another corner of the overpriced status symbol commodity market and one that richly rewarded Bland's nefarious work. view spoiler Bettie's Books hide spoiler

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Otected scholarly institutionsLike countless other readers Miles Harvey a writer for 'Outside' magazine encountered the news of Bland's arrest as a brief item in the back pages of the morning newspaper The story stayed with Harvey who wondered why otherwise law abiding people behave so badly around antiuities In 'The Island of Lost Maps' a wonderfully rich excursion into the demimonde of what might be called cartographomania Harvey follows Bland's tracks from lib. I bought the book for a few reasons I liked the cover I like Islands I like maps I like some true stories It seemed totally randomHighly recommended because even if you like none of the above reasons you will still love reading it Yay cartography

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The Island of Lost Maps A True Story of Cartographic CrimeIn 1995 a watchful patron alerted a librarian at Johns Hopkins University that another patron a middle aged and well dressed man was behaving suspiciously The librarian called the police who discovered that the man a Floridian named Gilbert Bland had cut four maps from a set of rare books On investigation the police were able to attribute dozens of similar thefts to Bland thefts that had taken place at a score of the country's best regarded and presumably best pr. In June 2002 I arrived in Worcester Massachusetts where the courteous natives felt impelled to tell me that it was pronounced Wooster as though it would be anything else We Australians know and use the English pronunciation of such placesThere I entered the Goddard Library to get my paws on Robert Goddard's papers and I was given firm instructions as to how I would sit in relation to the librarian's desk So I said brightly You've read 'The Island of Lost Maps' haven't youThe librarian confirmed that he had I indicated that I had also done so and undertook not to behave in any manner that would in any way approach the concealing actions used by Gilbert Bland or any of the others described there in order that he the librarian could be a little comfortableI get furious enough when I see prints that are obviously taken from old books to be framed on sale on market stalls The idea of anybody stealing scholarship is even anathematic to me It makes my blood run coldStill people who go into libraries need to know how the Blands of this world operate if only so that they can flush them out And librarians MUST read itOne need not set a thief to catch a thief but one needs to set somebody who is versed in the ways of thieves This book prepares us well