The Island of Lost Maps

E-Pub ☆ The Island of Lost MapsEbook Author ☆ Miles Harvey ☆ – passionbusiness.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 404 pages
  • The Island of Lost Maps
  • Miles Harvey
  • English
  • 17 May 2017
  • 0767908260

About the Author: Miles Harvey

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The Island of Lost Maps Now in paperback, this USA Today Best Book of 2000 tells the story of a curious crime spree the theft of scores of valuable, centuries old maps from some of the most prominent research libraries in the United States and Canada When all was said and done, Gilbert Joseph Bland, Jr., had become the Al Capone of cartography 20 illustrations throughout. Best Download The Island of Lost Maps By Miles Harvey For Kindle ePUB or eBook – passionbusiness.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Island of Lost Maps

  1. Lori says:

    Nothing ruins a good bookthan an author confusing his quest to find the story with the story This book is best when Harvey is relating actual events He includes several true stories about map thefts or about cartographers that I found interesting because 1 their effect on historical events is obvious, and 2 the stories are generally unknown to the average reade...

  2. Joe says:

    As a cartomaniac, a librarian, and a history lover myself, this book seemed to be just the ticket for me I loved the digressions into the science of maps, notable historic maps, mapmakers, historic map thieves, explorers, map collectors and the map trade However, I found the story of the map thief to be about as bland as the thief s own name In fact, the author takes pains to illustrate that thief is a personification of his own name His is a story not worthy of telling, except as a caution As a cartomaniac, a librarian, and a history lover myself, this book seemed to be just the ticket for me I loved the digressions into the science of maps, notable historic maps, mapmakers, historic map thieves, explorers, map collectors and the map trade However, I found the story of the map thief to be about as bland as the thief s own name In fact, the author takes pains to illustrate that thief is a personification of his own name His is a story not worthy of telling, except as a cautionary tale for all archivists, librarians, collectors and the like who might fall prey to low life vandals such as Bland His story becomes eventedious by the end, and then turns into a sentimental author s introspective I grew tired of the way the author always tries to tie the story of maps into the story of the map thief, as if everything about maps is somehow analogous to this repugnant protagnist I also t...

  3. Peter Macinnis says:

    In June 2002, I arrived in Worcester, Massachusetts, where the courteous natives felt impelled to tell me that it was pronounced Wooster as though it would be anything else We Australians know and use the English pronunciation of such places There I entered the Goddard Library to get my paws on Robert Goddard s papers, and I was given firm instructions as to how I would sit, in relation to the librarian s desk So I said brightly You ve read The Island of Lost Maps , haven t you The lib In June 2002, I arrived in Worcester, Massachusetts, where the courteous natives felt impelled to tell me that it was pronounced Wooster as though it would be anything else We Australians know and use the English pronunciation of such places There I entered the Goddard Library to get my paws on Robert Goddard s papers, and I was given firm instructions as to how I would sit, in relation to the librarian s desk So I said brightly You ve read The Island of Lost Maps , haven t you The librarian confirmed that he had I indicated that I had also done so, and undertook not to behave in any manner that would in any way approach the concealing actions used by Gilbert Bland or any of the others described there, in order that he, the librarian, could be a littlecomfortable.I get furious enough when I see prints that are obviously taken from old books to be framed, on sale on market stalls The idea of anybody stealing scholarship is evena...

  4. daniela says:

    I bought the book for a few reasons I liked the cover I like Islands I like maps I like some true stories It seemed totally random.Highly recommended because even if you like none of the above reasons, you will still love reading it Yay cartography

  5. Bettie☯ says:

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  6. Erik Graff says:

    This is one of those popular history current affairs books which takes a theme, in this case the career of a antique map thief, and supplements it with excurses into other, related subthemes and topics The thief in question here is one Gilbert Bland The text begins with his arrest at the Peabody Library, an arrest which began the investigation revealing a whole series of thefts, spanning North America This and the efforts of the author to retrace not only Bland s criminal career but also his This is one of those popular history current affairs books which takes a theme, in this case the career of a antique map thief, and supplements it with excurses into other, related subthemes and topics The thief in question here is one Gilbert Bland The text begins with his arrest at the Peabody Library, an arrest which began the investigation revealing a whole series of thefts, spanning North America This and the efforts of the author to retrace not only Bland ...

  7. Leslie says:

    I can t believe I finally finished reading this book I never thought I d make it Even Jake said he felt relieved when I was finally done So I suppose it s not hard to guess that I thought this book was pretty boring and way longer than it needed to be I would repeatedly find myself at the bottom of a paragraph and realize I had no clue what I had just read Or I would suddenly come to with a jolt and a major crick in my neck Oy The author took what was a mildly interesting case a man who s I can t believe I finally finished reading this book I never thought I d make it Even Jake said he felt relieved when I was finally done So I suppose it s not hard to guess that I thought this book was pretty boring and way longer than it needed to be I wo...

  8. Mitch says:

    I suppose I was warned After all, it says right in the title that this is a true STORY.Our intrepid journalist started out to track down information so he could write an article about some faceless guy who was caught making off with valuable old maps he d razored free from rare books housed in a special university reading room.Over time, said intrepid journalist becomes obsessed just shy of stalking, and he amasses enough info to write a 350 page book about the thief all without the benefit o I suppose I was warned After all, it says right in the title that this is a true STORY.Our intrepid journalist started out to track down information so he could write an article about some faceless guy who was caught making off with valuable old maps he d razored free from rare books housed in a special university reading room.Over time, said intrepid journalist becomes obsessed just shy of stalking, and he amasses enough info to write a 350 page book about the thief all without the benefit of interviewing the person himself.The faceless thief was determined to remain faceless after all This didn t stop I Journalist from speculating wildly about his motives, what he was feeling at various times, etc It s easy to see here how legends are born Except the overall story isn t legend worthy When reduced to the simple facts that I.J collected, ...

  9. Roberta says:

    The book has a very attractive dust jacket The sub title of the book indicates that it is about cartographic crime presumably those thefts committed by Gilbert Bland But the book was all over the place There are a lot of anecdotes about explorers, old maps, map collecting and map collectors Some of these were related to the supposed subject and some weren t At one point the author sees the name El Dorado on a map and just decides to drive 100 miles out of his way to see it That would hav The book has a very attractive dust jacket The sub title of the book indicates that it is about cartographic crime presumably those thefts committed by Gilbert Bland But the book was all over the place There are a lot of anecdotes about explorers, old maps, map collecting and map collectors Some of these were related to the supposed subject and some weren t At one point the author sees the name El Dorado on a map and just decides to drive 100 ...

  10. Gerry says:

    Map stealing has gone on from time immemorial Christopher Columbus discovered America with the help of maps and charts stolen from the Portuguese and Sir Francis Drake went to the East Indies using captured Spanish maps So what is new when Gilbert Bland decides that he has a new career as a map thief Well, Bland does not steal them from his enemies, he steals them from public institutions and for profit It is quite amazing to think that he got away with secreting large sized maps on his p Map stealing has gone on from time immemorial Christopher Columbus discovered America with the help of maps and charts stolen from the Portuguese and Sir Francis Drake went to the East Indies using captured Spanish maps So what is new when Gilbert Bland decides that he has a new career as a map thief Well, Bland does not steal the...