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The Map Thief

The Gripping Story of An Esteemed Rare-map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
Blanding, Michael (Book - 2014 )
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This is the story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him. Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers, both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief, until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. This book delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. The author, a reporter and magazine writer, has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, the author is the first reporter to explore the story in full, and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he had gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more, and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, the author teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The story interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of brazen thefts, and an obsessive subculture, the author has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. -- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Blanding, Michael
Title: The map thief
the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
Publisher: New York, New York :, Gotham Books, Published by the Penguin Group,, [2014]
Characteristics: xvi, 300 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color), maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Blanding
Contents: Selected mapmakers, 1470-1860
The explorer and the thief
Small hope
A new world
Who knows the most wins
Catalog number one
Playing hardball
Upward departure
The battle of Sebec
Missing maps, missing cards
Caught!
The plea
Map quest
Terra incognita
Maps Smiley admitted stealing
Additional maps libraries reported missing
Summary: This is the story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him. Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers, both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief, until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. This book delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. The author, a reporter and magazine writer, has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, the author is the first reporter to explore the story in full, and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he had gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more, and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, the author teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The story interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of brazen thefts, and an obsessive subculture, the author has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. -- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1592408176
9781592408177
Branch Call Number: 364.16289 B6424m 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Book thefts United States Map thefts United States Map industry and trade United States Map dealers United States Smiley, E. Forbes
Topical Term: Book thefts
Map thefts
Map industry and trade
Map dealers
LCCN: 2014005305
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Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief --until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. the Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the insid... Read More »


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