The Map Thief

Thursday, June 19, 2014

world map A world map dated from the mid 1800s showing Western and Eastern Hemispheres with hand colouring (Copyright: RTimages/Shutterstock)

Maps are both beautiful works of art and practical tools to navigate the world. They’re also highly collectible, and the map trade can be a cutthroat business. 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. In his book The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, Michael Blanding tells the history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the industry that consumed him.


Michael Blanding

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John Johnson from ct

He actually did say "liberry" over and over again in this interview. Why would an intelligent, educated, otherwise erudite author use this affectation? Is it kinda cute or something? I'm cringing for him right now.

Jun. 19 2014 08:38 PM

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