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HistoryMiami to host International Map Fair first weekend of February

Visitors look at antique maps during HistoryMiami’s Annual International Map Fair.
Visitors look at antique maps during HistoryMiami’s Annual International Map Fair. Photo provided by HistoryMiami Museum

For history buffs and art collectors, maps create an appealing intersection of the two. HistoryMiami, in an effort to bring both worlds together, will host its 23rd annual Miami International Map Fair open to the general public Feb. 6 and 7.

The fair is the largest and longest-running in the Western Hemisphere and will feature more than 40 dealers with maps from around the world. Thousands of maps will be available at prices ranging from $25 to $100,000.

One of the big-ticket items on display during the fair includes the first printed map of South Carolina, drawn in 1695, which is priced at $95,000. A map published in 1591 of the Eastern Seaboard from Cape Lookout to Florida, which features Cuba and the Bahamas, will also be on sale.

Rare books, panoramas and atlases will be on sale during the fair. Experts on maps will also present lectures to help guests learn more about history and cartography. Lectures include:

▪ 11 a.m., Feb. 6: Maps to the Masses, presented by Julie Sweetkind Singer, head of Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections at Stanford University.

▪ 3 p.m., Feb. 6 : Cartography and Culture, presented by Robert A. Leath, vice president of collections and research at Old Salem Museums and Gardens.

▪  3 p.m., Feb. 7: Mapping the Imagination, presented by Catherine L. Newell, assistant professor of religion and science in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Miami.

Throughout the fair, Florida International University’s GIS Center will also present aerial photographs that show the growth of Miami over the past few decades.

To Robert Augustyn of Martayan Lan Fine Antique Maps, Atlases and Globes, the fair is a chance for map dealers to connect with map academics in a setting where everyone attending can appreciate the historical value of the documents. Martayan Lan has attended the map fair for the past 22 years.

“[Maps] bring history alive. They show you what people knew about the world centuries ago, which is a fascinating blend of inaccuracy and projection and hope and occasionally surprising accuracy. Even though these are technical works, they’re very human documents that embody human hopes and aspirations,” Augustyn said.

IF YOU GO

▪ What: 23rd annual Miami International Map Fair at HistoryMiami

▪ Where: 101 W. Flagler St., Miami

▪ When: Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

▪ Cost: Daily admission is $20 for adults and children, $15 for HistoryMiami members, and $10 for students with ID. Full weekend access is $70 for HistoryMiami members and $80 for nonmembers and includes a VIP Private Preview.

▪ For information: Visit historymiami.org or contact 305-375-1618 or mapfair@historymiami.com.

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