The Nevins Memorial Library presents:
an evening with Michael Blanding, author of the “The Map Thief“:
The gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
September 24, 2015 @7pm
“[Blanding’s] book is as much a riveting true-crime tale as it is a fascinating peek inside the little-seen world of mapmaking and collecting.” –BookList Reviews
“Blanding’s most moving passages commemorate those who helped build and, bit by bit, envisage the world as we know it.” — The Wall Street Journal
Maps have long elicited a special fascination–both as practical tools and as beautiful works of art. But to collectors the map trade can be cutthroat, with quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. This is the story of antiquarian map dealder E. Forbes Smiley, who for years doubled as a map thief until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library.
Author Michael Blanding will speak about “The Map Thief,” followed by a question and answer session, and then he will sign and sell books. Click here to register