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ABOUT US

Dr. Richard L. and Penelope W. Betz founded Hemispheres Antique Maps & Prints so as to turn a life long attraction to antique maps into a full-time pursuit as antique map dealers, after completing careers in education and over twenty years of international consulting in many areas of the world.  Fourteen of those years were spent living and working in southern Africa and the Caribbean.  Many other years were spent on consulting assignments elsewhere in Africa, and in the Caribbean, Asia, and the post Soviet Union.

As owners of Hemispheres Antique Maps & Prints, we have an interest in all antique maps that depict historically interesting and/or cartographically attractive areas, especially those before 1700. Our special love are maps of Africa, early woodcuts, and maps of exploration. We like to buy maps that have a story. 

Richard and Penelope have also recently completed a book on The Mapping of Africa:  A Cartobibliography of Printed Maps of the African Continent to 1700.  Contact us for ordering details.  You may also find detailed information, including book reviews and a Corrigenda and Addenda, via the following link on our web site:  Hemispheres Antique Maps & Prints - The Mapping of Africa Book.    

We have been members of the International Map Collectors' Society (IMCoS), the Philip Lee Phillips Society of the Library of Congress, the Washington, DC Map Society, the Boston Map Society, The Brussels International Map Collector Circle (BIMCC), and the International Antiquarian Mapsellers Association (IAMA).

Most of our maps are from the 16
th through 18th centuries. Our inventory is strongest in antiquarian maps of Africa and of the East Coast of America, though we carry maps of other regions of the world as well. We do not sell reproductions. We have limited material from the 19th century which primarily focuses on the eastern United States and on the 19th century discoveries in Africa.

Hemispheres Antique Maps & Prints is located on a beautiful lake in rural New Hampshire, United States, about two hours northwest of Boston. While we do not have a retail gallery, we welcome visitors to view our inventory or just to stop by to discuss maps. Please contact us for directions.

We have exhibited at the following major fairs among others:

The Annual Miami International Map Fair ("the oldest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere") at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami, Florida.  

The Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair the first weekend in March of each year at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Meyer Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

 

    

 Seeking advice from Phillip Burden on                   Preparing for Richard's presentation at the
Richard's "Cartobibliography of African Maps"   International Conference on the History of Cartography
                                                                                        Budapest, Hungary, July 2005

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