Dear Ms King, I have recently come upon your tumblr and would like to register my astonishment at discovering a fellow twenty-something who displays such taste and class. I commend your admittedly rare taste in the beauty and rich history of cartography and look forward to all that you post. -Adrienne
Oh wow, why, thank you! I’m tickled pink! Wonderful to have someone as sophisticated as you, as a follower.
I sent you a message before, but I just want to let you know again how wonderful your blog is. I'm moving in a few days and I really want a a big atlas on my wall. Do you know where I can buy really vintage-y ones? (Even astrological maps).
Oh, thank you, once again! It’s so lovely to hear! As for where to buy vintage maps, it depends a little on whether you want them to be authentic or reprints. eBay sometimes has some astounding bargains, especially when sellers auction off “lots” of maps, look up keywords like “vintage maps”, and ask for the seller if it’s an original or reprint, if you’re worried authenticity, even if the listing says “vintage” that can sometimes mean a reprint of a vintage map. Etsy is another site you could try.
For new maps and reprints there’s sites like Maps.com, though you may want to use these sites, more so, for browsing and then look for the title of a map elsewhere. For instance, I have a celestial map that I bought from eBay, an original for $0.75, whereas, a reprint from Maps.com would of cost me $30.00. If you have a large budget, in that case you could go to antique map dealers who will have some vintage maps, as well.
Another idea, if you feel comfortable doing so, is asking any older relatives and so forth, if they might have any vintage maps if their attics, basements, and the likes, that you could have. This may uncover up some interesting maps, like old local maps, that you wouldn’t find online.
Of course, there are many more options out there, but the above ones recommended, are ones I have experience with. Hope this helps!
Wherever I can. The maps here have been collected from dozens and dozens of resources, however, I’ve found the best resources to be map dealers, university libraries, and Wikimedia Commons. Antique maps are pretty plentiful about the internet, as they’re considered public domain by law.