The Island of Lost Maps by MILES HARVEY
A True Story of Cartographic Crime

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The Island of Lost Maps 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. The perpetrator was Gilbert Joseph Bland, Jr., an enigmatic antiques dealer from South Florida, whose cross-country slash-and-dash operation had gone virtually undetected until he was caught in 1995–and was unmasked as the most prolific American map thief in history. As Miles Harvey unravels the mystery of Bland’s life, he maps out the world of cartography and cartographic crime, weaving together a fascinating story of exploration, craftsmanship, villainy, and the lure of the unknown.


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About MILES HARVEY

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Miles Harvey began reporting on Gilbert Bland in 1996 for Outside magazine. He has worked for UPI and In These Times, and he was the book-review columnist for Outside. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of Michigan, he has had a lifelong fascination with maps. He can be reached via the Internet at www.milesharvey.com.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 6, 2010 by Broadway Books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Arts & Photography, Travel, Crime, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In his map of Bland’s life, Harvey leaves a few blank spaces—primarily because Bland refused interviews and threatened the author with civil and criminal proceedings if he persisted.

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The Guardian

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The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime Miles Harvey 416pp, Weidenfeld, £12.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Very big, the world - absolutely stuffed with strangers talking languages you don't understand, eating foods you don't recognise and engaging in activities you find...

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Publishers Weekly

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Harvey's primary narrative (which originated as an article for Outside magazine) concerns the exploits of Gilbert Bland, a man who on the surface, according to Harvey, did indeed seem bland but who stole approximately $500,000 in antique maps from poorly secured rare-book libraries.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Island of Lost Maps, a true-crime tale set in the eccentric world of antique maps, details the heists of Gilbert Bland, first observed pilfering a .

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Austin Chronicle

In The Island of Lost Maps, Harvey reveals a community of collectors, traders, librarians, and thieves whose taste for cartography -- the study of maps -- is voracious enough to Harvey to peg it as cartomania.

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