Restoration & Preserving Historic Documents, Maps & Photographs

When it comes the restoration, conservation and preservation of historic documents, maps, photographs and other treasured records, there’s a lot more to it than storing items in a cardboard box

Spring Book, Map, Documents & Prints Auction

Auction Features Antique Books, Maps, Historical Documents, Important Prints & More

Repair & Restoration of Art Prints / Paper

Repair & Restoration of Art Prints / Paper Worthington’s paper conservators are committed to the preservation, conservation treatment, and study of prints, drawings, and bound volumes. Works on paper and

Antique Maps

Mapmaking dates to at least the late 15th century, just a few decades after Gutenberg’s introduction of the first moveable type printing press. By the time of Queen Elizabeth’s reign during the second half of the 16th century, people were already collecting these documents, which were usually bound in books, making them important additions to any self-respecting library. The large bulk of highly collectible maps will have been printed between about 1472 and 1860. This period opens with the first known use of printing to reproduce a map (Isidore's TO map of the World of 1472), continues through the age of atlases as luxury goods for rich connoisseurs, and ends when leaps in printing technology allowed maps to be mass produced.

One Antique Map Collector’s Views

Antique maps and atlases are certainly a niche collectible, but are gaining in popularity, according to Crouch, a London-based dealer. “People tend to collect maps of places with which they have a special connection,” he says. “As people travel more, they have stronger feelings about a wider range of places around the world. Maps and atlases are by definition global, so we see buyers from all over the world too.” He says that’s why the prices of maps featuring countries with rapidly growing economies such as China, India and Brazil have increased the most in recent years.

Worthington Galleries has extensive experience with antique books.  Our restoration professionals can repair and restore your old books to their former condition.  These restorative services also include repairing and restoring