The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps / Michael Blanding.

Nā: Blanding, Michael [author.].
Momo rauemi: materialTypeLabelPukapukaWhakaahuatanga: xvi, 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.ISBN: 1592409407; 9781592409402.Ngā marau: Smiley, E. Forbes | Map dealers -- United States | Map industry and trade -- United States | Map thefts -- United States | Book thefts -- United States
Contents:
Selected mapmakers, 1470-1860 -- The explorer and the thief -- Small hope -- A new world -- Who knows the most wins -- Catalog number one -- Playing hardball -- Upward departure -- The battle of Sebec -- Missing maps, missing cards -- Caught! -- The plea -- Map quest -- Terra incognita -- Maps Smiley admitted stealing -- Additional maps libraries reported missing.
Summary: "The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers-both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. 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. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full-and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more-and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. "--
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Ngā whakaahuatanga whakarei nā Syndetics:

The story of an infamous crime, a respected map dealer, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him. Once a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley 111 spent years doubling as a map thief - until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story and shares the histories of maps that charted the New World and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of brazen thefts and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar , Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. NPR Book of the Year New England Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller 'In this cartographic caper, Michael Blanding slips into the antique map trade and takes a magnifying glass to the mind and motivations of a curious character named E. Forbes Smiley 111, a New England polymath with a special talent for taking razors to rare books. The setting and the character belong in a novel, and this engrossing book reads like fiction.' Nina Burleigh, author of the New York Times bestseller The Fatal Gift of Beauty- The Trials of Amanda Knox ' The Map Thief isn't just a perceptive, meticulously researched portrait of an exceedingly unlikely felon. It's also a tribute to the beautiful old maps that inspired his cartographic crimes - and shaped our modern world.' Ken Jennings, author of Maphead- Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks ' The Map Thief is a gripping, suspenseful tale, told by a veteran investigative reporter. And yes, it comes with maps.' Star Tribune Minneapolis Connect online- www.michaelblanding.com / www.twitter.com/michaelblanding

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Selected mapmakers, 1470-1860 -- The explorer and the thief -- Small hope -- A new world -- Who knows the most wins -- Catalog number one -- Playing hardball -- Upward departure -- The battle of Sebec -- Missing maps, missing cards -- Caught! -- The plea -- Map quest -- Terra incognita -- Maps Smiley admitted stealing -- Additional maps libraries reported missing.

"The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers-both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. 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. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full-and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more-and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. "--

Rārangi Ihirangi nā Syndetics

  • List of Characters (p. xi)
  • Selected Mapmakers, 1470-1860 (p. xvii)
  • Introduction (p. 3)
  • Chapter 1 The Explorer and the Thief (p. 9)
  • Chapter 2 Small Hope (p. 27)
  • Chapter 3 A New World (p. 41)
  • Chapter 4 Who Knows the Most Wins (p. 59)
  • Chapter 5 Catalog Number One (p. 75)
  • Chapter 6 Playing Hardball (p. 91)
  • Chapter 7 Upward Departure (p. 107)
  • Chapter 8 The Battle of Sebec (p. 119)
  • Chapter 9 Missing Maps, Missing Cards (p. 135)
  • Chapter 10 Caught! (p. 153)
  • Chapter 11 The Plea (p. 167)
  • Chapter 12 Map Quest (p. 185)
  • Chapter 13 Terra Incognita (p. 201)
  • Epilogue (p. 221)
  • Appendix A Maps Smiley Admitted Stealing (p. 223)
  • Appendix B Additional Maps Libraries Reported Missing (p. 233)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 249)
  • Bibliography (p. 251)
  • Notes (p. 257)
  • Index (p. 292)

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