HistoryMiami Museum to host Miami International Map Fair

HistoryMiami Museum to host Miami International Map Fair
HistoryMiami Museum to host Miami International Map Fair
Gutierrez Map of the New World, 1562

The Miami International Map Fair, the longest continuously running map fair in the world, will return to HistoryMiami Museum on Feb. 2-3.

More than 30 leading map dealers from across the globe and the United States, including some from Florida, will gather to display and retail an unparalleled selection of original antique maps, charts, town plans and atlases. Thousands of maps from the 16th Century to present day, ranging in price from $25 to over $250,000, will be on display offering something unique for the first time buyer, as well as the seasoned collector.

One of the rarest maps on display will be the only surviving example of The Gutierrez Map of the New World in private hands.

This rare separately published map extends from Florida and Texas in the north to just south of the Amazon River. It was published in Antwerp by Hieronymous Cock, from the cartographic work of Spain’s Diego Gutierrez, in 1562.

“HistoryMiami is proud to host one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind in the world, highlighting the history and wonder of cartography,” explained Jorge Zamanillo, president and CEO of HistoryMiami Museum. “Each year, the map fair showcases a staggering amount of rare and antique maps — from important historical documents to stunning works of art — that are brilliant examples of human history. Beyond their visual beauty, these maps give collectors and map enthusiasts a profound look into the past.”

Held annually during the first weekend in February, the Miami International Map Fair provides buyers with a weekend to browse antique maps, rare books, globes and atlases from around the world, including some from Australia, United Kingdom and Germany, in addition to attending a series of special topical lectures. This is a unique opportunity to meet experts with an unrivaled depth of knowledge and scope of material.

The 2019 Miami International Map Fair schedule is as follows:
Friday, Feb. 1 (Full Access Weekend registrants/Dealers only), 4-6 p.m., VIP Private Preview Sale and Cocktail Reception;
Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Map Fair opens to the public, and
Sunday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Map Fair opens to the public.

New 2019 ticket prices for full access weekend registration is $75, which includes entry to the VIP private preview and sale on Friday, two VIP cocktail receptions, lunch each day, weekend admission for the dealer marketplace, and speaker presentations.

Daily Admission is as follows: HistoryMiami Museum members, $5; non-members, $15; university and high school students with valid school ID, $10 (at the door only); children ages 6-12, $5, and children under 6 are free. Single day admission includes access to dealer marketplace, expert opinion and speaker presentations.

The HistoryMiami Museum is located at 101 W. Flagler St. in Downtown Miami. Parking is available at the Cultural Center Parking Garage located at 50 NW Second Ave.

The Miami International Map Fair sponsors include BrandsMart USA, Miami Herald, Altea Gallery London, Antique Maps and Atlases, Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, HJB Maps, Libreria Pontes, Oldimprints.com, The Map Chest, Richard Angotta, Thomas and Lee Touchton, and Cal Welch.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available, please contact 305-375-1618 or email mapfair@historymiami.org for more information. To register for the Miami International Map Fair or event information, call 305-375-1618 or send email to mapfair@historymiami.org.

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