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Dalai Lama Given Map Showing an Independent Tibet Before USA Visit

October 15th, 2010

An antique map challenging the relationship between Tibet and China was recently given to the Dalai Lama. It clearly defines the two regions as separate countries, a historical counterpoint to China’s claim over the highest region on earth. The gift – drawn almost a hundred years before China’s invasion of Tibet – was presented at a ceremony at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India.

Dalai Lama recieves map from Tara Doyle, Emory University

Dalai Lama recieves map from Tara Doyle, Emory University

The Dalai Lama received the map as a joint gift from Emory University and Miklian Antiquarian Maps. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan population, many of whom have lived in exile in India since the 1950s.

1869 Mitchell Map of Tibet and South Asia

1869 Mitchell Map of Tibet and South Asia

The map itself is an original chart of Asia, Tibet and China drawn by Augustus Mitchell in the year 1869. Mitchell was one of the most famous and respected mapmakers of the 19th century, and his maps were prized for their accuracy as well as their striking attention to geographic and artistic detail.

The Mitchell map also bestows additional documentation and credence to the Free Tibet movement, which asserts that the 1950 invasion of Tibet by China was illegal and a breach of state sovereignty. Official statements from China often state that Tibet is, and has always been, a part of China. This map casts doubt on that claim.

While all major governments now consider Tibet to be the domain of China, during many periods of history the relationship between the two regions was not as it is today. Both Tibet and China have cultures stretching back thousands of years, and interactions between the two have undergone tremendous flux as the powers have risen and fallen in supremacy and influence.

Miklian Antiquarian Maps owner Jason Miklian considers the map itself as a significant piece of world history, one that is often more complex and impermanent than we assume. “Almost every land in the world has been ruled by an outside force at least one point in history,” Miklian explained. “This map of an independent Tibet illustrates the always fluctuating geopolitics of nation-states since the 1600s, and a glimpse into how people understood the world almost 150 years ago. This is just one of hundreds of fascinating antique maps that provide proof that today’s borders, boundaries and countries were not always so.”

The Dalai Lama has also been awarded the position of Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory, and will be arriving to the United States for a series of lectures from 17-19 October 2010, to be attended by actor Richard Gere, author Matthieu Ricard, and other distinguished luminaries.

More information on the Emory – Tibet partnership can be found at, and Miklian Antiquarian Maps is located at

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Hand Coloring and Outlining for Antique Maps, and a Recommendation

March 10th, 2010

Many customers have asked about adding contemporary had coloring and outlining to un-colored maps, or about having contemporary artists touch up colors that have faded. The discussions usually involve how this addition and/or restoration will affect the value of the piece. There is a significant amount of debate on the issue, but it basically comes down to a matter of preference. Some collectors prefer uncolored maps, others prefer hand-colored or hand-outlined maps. For the latter, period original coloring is generally considered to be the most desirable.

That said, contemporary colored maps have found their way into many collections, particularly for those people who wish to have maps framed and displayed. A tastefully done contemporary colored map looks every bit as presentable as it’s originally colored counterpart, and can be a welcome addition to a collection.

Of course, the selection of who will be coloring the piece is of paramount importance. Over the past several years, I have contacted several artists with experience in hand coloring antique maps. One of the best that I have come across is Breten Bryden in Massachusetts. She uses period colors, has extensive experience, and can tailor any map to your specifications. Further, her prices are reasonable. Please note the following ‘before’ and ‘after’ of two maps that I had sent to her, one colored and one outlined:

1770 Vaugondy Map of France

1770 Vaugondy Map uncolored

1770 Vaugondy Map colored
In particular, coloring can be a useful way to improve maps with heavy toning, as seen here:

Breten can be reached through her website at If you are interested in purchasing a map from Miklian Antiquarian Maps and would like to have it sent via Breten for coloring, please contact me and we can arrange this to be done as well. As always, any maps for sale on Miklian Antiquarian Maps clearly distinguish whether map coloring and outlining is period / original or contemporary.

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New Antique Maps – Matthaus Seutter (1740)

March 4th, 2010

Just added a nice series of maps derived from Seutter’s Atlas Minor, praecipua Orbis Terrarum Imperia regna et provincias (1740, Augsburg). In addition to a highly attractive world map with original coloring, there is also a North America map with a strong California as an island as well as period (incorrect) interpretations of Japan, Australia and Africa.

Click here to browse all of our Seutter maps!

Georg Matthaus Seutter (1647 – 1756) was one of the most important and prolific German map publishers of the 18th century. Seutter started his career as an apprentice brewer. Apparently uninspired by the beer business, Seutter left his apprenticeship and moved to Nuremberg where he apprenticed as an engraver under the tutelage of the prominent J. B. Homann. Sometime in the early 1700s Seutter left Homann to establish his own independent cartographic publishing firm in Augsburg. Though he struggled in the early years of his independence, Seutter’s engraving skill and commitment to diversified map production eventually gained him a substantial following. Most of Seutter’s maps were heavily based upon, if not copies of, earlier work done by the Homann and Delisle firms. By 1732 Seutter was one of the most prolific publishers of his time and was honored by the German Emperor Karl VI with the title of “Imperial Geographer”. Suetter continued to publish until his death, at the height of his career, in 1757. The Seutter firm sadly fell into the hands of Seutter’s wastrel son Albrecht Carl Seutter who did little to advance the firm until in own death in 1762. Following Albrecht’s death, the firm was divided between the established Probst firm and the emerging firm of Tobias Conrad Lotter. Lotter, Matthaus Seutter’s son in law, was a master engraver and worked tirelessly on behalf of the Seutter firm. It is Lotter, who would eventually become one of the most prominent cartographers of his day, and his descendents, who are generally regarded as the true successors to Matthaus Seutter. (Ritter, M. Seutter, Probst and Lotter: An Eighteenth-Century Map Publishing House in Germany., “Imago Mundi”, Vol. 53, (2001), pp. 130-135. (via Geographicus)

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More Strange Maps with Nonexistent Features

January 8th, 2010

Continuing the theme of map errors and oddities, Chris Lane at Antiue Prints Blog has listed a few of the more interesting (and egregious) errors of USA maps from the 17th century. The selection includes missing coastlines, phantom lakes, and mountain ranges that only exist in the mapmakers mind. We’ll have a few similar maps available for sale in February 2010 – watch this space.

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Antique Maps by MM Drioux and CH Leroy (1885)

October 27th, 2009

We have just added over 50 maps from French mapmakers MM Drioux and CH Leroy. Many interesting maps from the later-19th century, including several maps of Europe from the ancient, middle ages and revolutionary period. Also an interesting hypsometric map of France and other physical maps. Click here to view our in stock selection of Leroy antique maps.

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New Antique Maps – A.H. Dufour (1854)

October 24th, 2009

We have just added over 70 maps from AH Dufour. Many interesting maps from this mid-19th century collection, including several unique maps of ethnic regions of Europe, single maps of Tibet (Thibet), Madagascar, Tuscany, Finland, Turkestan, Senegal, and the Boer colonies. Click here to view our in stock selection of Dufour antique maps.

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New Antique Maps – Andree (1893)

October 18th, 2009

We have just added over 85 maps from Dr. Richard Andree, the most significant German mapmaker of the later 19th century. The maps are not hand colored, but an early example of multi-color factory work, on thick glossy paper stock. Attractive original factory coloring, and some of the most detailed maps of the period, particularly the maps of Africa and African colonies. Click here to view our in sotck selection.

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New Antique Maps – Augustus Mitchell (1869)

October 11th, 2009

We have just added over 50 maps from Augustus Mitchell’s (USA) classic series of maps from 1869, including rare maps of manhattan and the Western United States, as well as an independent Tibet. Click here to view our in-stock selection.

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New Maps – Yoshimoto (1835)

October 8th, 2009

We have just added over 50 maps from Yoshimoto’s classic series of maps from 1834, including a rare map of North America Showing California as an island. Click here to view our in-stock selection.

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Welcome to Miklian Antiquarian Maps

September 28th, 2009

Welcome! We will be using this blog to update when we have new maps available for sale, as well as updates to our store and other antique map news from around the world. Thanks for looking!

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