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The Island of Lost Maps By Miles Harvey

The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey

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The strange but true story of one of the greatest map thieves in history, and an exploration into the shadowy and alluring world of maps.

The Island of Lost Maps Summary

The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey

In December 1995 Gilbert Bland was chased from a rare book room of Johns Hopkins University, clutching a 232-year-old map. He turned out to be one of the greatest map thieves in history. Miles Harvey traced Bland's journey from middle-class anonymity to dark criminality, to understand what drove Bland to steal some of the rarest cartographic treasures in the world. Since men have drawn maps, others have stolen them. Columbus discovered America with the help of charts purloined from the Portuguese; Francis Drake shattered Spain's hold of the Americas and made smooth passage to the East Indies with captured Spanish maps. Miles Harvey returns to the libraries whose collections were so depleted by Gilbert Bland's thieving, to try to fill the gaps in this enigmatic man's life.

About Miles Harvey

Miles Harvey writes for a variety of American journals and newspapers. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and was a finalist in the 1997 National Magazine Award in the Special Interest Category for an article on which this book is based.

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The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey
Used - Very Good
Orion Publishing Co
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