Is the print or map an original?

All items offered for sale are original printed items on paper, published at the date stated in the listing, and are not modern copies. The term “Original” when applied to printmaking means that the print or map was published at the first or original date of publication and is not a later copy. “Original” does not imply that the item is unique.

The maps and prints that we sell are almost entirely created by printing; by their nature, more than one copy of these items was made (and as far as we know, is likely still to exist). Manuscript (hand drawn) maps, paintings and drawings are usually unique; by their nature these are scarce and frequently unique. We may occasionally offer manuscript maps for sale, while some antique printed maps (particularly sea charts or other navigational maps) have sometimes been annotated by hand at some point. We do not deal in drawings or paintings.