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Constellation Charts Part 3: September, August, July + June, May, April

13 May
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The Constellations (September, August, July; June, May, April) Star gazing into the night sky creates a sense of wonder and curiosity. The names of the constellations, their stars, the image they create and their place in the heavens, all play into what makes celestial maps so intriguing and useful in understanding the stars. September’s ten […]

Celestial Charts Part 2: North and South Pole Constellations

09 May
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As stars change positions in the night sky based on the seasons, so do the constellations, and interestingly enough, there are some constellations that are unique to the northern and southern hemisphere, known as circumpolar constellations. “The Constellations (South Pole; North Pole),” engraved by W.G Evans, under the direction of Elijah H. Burritt, shows a […]

Educational Map Series: Burritt’s Geography of the Heavens Part 1

06 May
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Eighteenth and 19th century technologies transformed the way the night sky was observed and led to the discovery of celestial wonders, from stars, galaxies, meteors, moons, planets and comets, to nebulae. The result was, in part, the creation of celestial maps that showed an exponential number of stars in the heavens, adding to the awe […]

Old Map Studies: Piri Reis, A Problem Among Antarctica Antique Maps!

02 May
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Here’s one to throw around during your next cocktail party. The year was 1929, and the date was October 9th. German theologian Gustav Deissmann was rummaging through maps and books housed in the Topkapi Palace library, located in Istanbul, Turkey. While doing so, he discovered one of the most curious antique maps ever made. It […]

Book Feature: Railroad Stories Volume 1 Ebook sample!

25 Apr

An Anthology of True Adventures, Humorous Tales, and High Melodrama Written by Those Who Lived the Era! Edited, with Introductions by Michael Gillespie. Full Index, Glossary, and dozens of Historic Steam Rail Photographs. Download your instant sample today!                 Get your copy rigth here: https://great-river-arts.myshopify.com/products/limited-time-offer-pdf-download-of-old-time-railroad-stories-by-michael-gillespie

Educational Map Series: More to discover from an Ortelius Classic

22 Apr
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Enjoy our educational map series every Sunday night! According to Philip D. Burden, in his book entitled, The Mapping of North America: 1671-1700, Peruuiae avriferae regions typus, “is one of the very few maps printed in the sixteenth century that was based upon original Spanish sources…. The first regional map of the south-eastern portion of […]

Educational Map Series: LaSalle’s Long Lost Map!

15 Apr
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Carte de l’Amerique Septentrionnale Compiled between 1909 and 1910 from his original 1688 map, which was based on a lost map drawn up by René-Robert Cavelier La Salle, Jean-Baptiste-Louis Franquelin’s map titled “Carte de l’Amerique Septentrionnale” translated “Map of North America,” is a highly significant map depicting the French discoveries and exploration in the region 20 years […]

Mother’s and Father’s Day Easy shopping options!

13 Apr
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Hand painted originals available now! Usual wait period is 1 month!  Top selling Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain maps  Favorite Mississippi River Collection Discover! America’s Great River Road: Heritage and Natural History Guidebooks  East coast Collection  Eastern Florida Western Florida Custom Framing Services    Old Time Railroad Stories in three volumes Steamboating on America’s Rivers!

Retailer feature: Framing print samples for Maximum Sales

11 Apr
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Framing Suggestions to Boost Map Art Sales Keep in mind that our historical maps do best when sold as art pieces rather than academic material. To maximize your profit, you should focus on the artistic qualities of the maps. They will sell much better if the buyers are focused on the decorative potential of the […]

Educational Map Series: The Brave Map Depicting the new Continent

08 Apr
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Did you know that before this map Europeans believed that the world was divided into only three parts? They knew a world divided into Europe, Asia, and Africa. This ambitious project served to document and update new geographic knowledge derived from the discoveries of explorers in  the late 15th and early 16th centuries, and in […]