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Tips on how to improve your item descriptions and sales.

In order to Ad items you choose the link Ad item to the next auction.
Successfully submitted items are visible in the Pending auctions list.
Once an auction has started you will find your auction items and received bids in View your received bids !

Adding and managing your current past auction items can be done in the consignor centerConsignor center

There are several ways you can improve sales. It might be clear that a good description of the item, with referencing the item to important reference books is important.
- Using our HiBCoR Grading system is of a great help for the starting collector as or very good High Resolution images.
- When adding long description formatting your text makes it more readable for the bidder. Put often a "line break" in by adding the HTML code <br /> and when starting a new paragraph you add <br /><br />
- Note that the dimensions are given in milimeters (sample 355) and there is no need mentioning MM in the submit field.
- As a general rule we use capitals for the Maker/Publisher and initials at the end, sample : (BLAEU, W. or ORTELIUS, A.)
- Many visitors are arriving at our site after searching in Google or Yahoo for a special map or region. It is important you submit the title with great care and you use place names or modern names in the description field. A map with the title "Cabo de boa esperanca" will be found by someone searching for this title in a search engine; however it is important you describe the region of the map for those looking for a map of Cape of Good Hope region. (i.e.: Chart of the Cape of Good Hope coast from...)

Formatting your text
makes your descriptions more easy readable.

If you want to show your descriptions showing "new lines", italic or bold you need to put "html-hardcoding" in.

Use <br /> for "new line".

Use <i>italic</i> for a word in italic.

Use <b>bold</b> for a word in bold. Use this option with great care.


When adding items to our auction you have to fill in the following fields

Hereby an explanation of the different fields.



 Select a Category : You select the category at a later stage in the lower part of the form.


 Title The title as found on the item, usually we only start with a Capital. (If the title on the map reads "TYPUS ORBIS..." we type Typus Orbis... 


 Description A description of the item. Notable historical information, atlas source of the map, major towns appearing on the map. 

tip: Sometimes it is important to show an image of the verso of your Medieval manuscript or map.

tip:Formatting your text makes your descriptions more easy readable.

If you want to show your descriptions showing "new lines", italic or bold you need to put "html-hardcodes" in.

Use <br /> for "new line"

Use <i>italic</i> for a word in italic.

Use <b>bold</b> for a word in bold.


 Lot number The lot number will be assigned by us after we have approved your submission.


 Maker As a general rule in Capitals and initials at the end, sample : BLAEU, W. or DE WIT, F.


 Place and date The date should always end in 4 numbers (ie.: 1860) do not say "early 18th century", but say "1720-1740"; as the year is used to chronologically list the items in it's category.  Sample :  Amsterdam, 1645


 Height in mm. sample 355


 Width in mm. sample 400


 Colouring Select one of the options. "Original colour" means that the item was coloured at time of publication. If colours are recently added choose for "coloured". "Original o/l. colour" when the map has only out-line colour, typically of the borders.


 Condition Include here all faults like tears, splits, cropped margins, stains, restorations. Faults close to the plate mark need also to be mentioned.

Be advised that the buyer has the right to return an item if the condition is not complete or incorrect.


 Hi B Co R Historical significance Beauty Condition Rarity
A grading system can help the starting collector to set his focus. In a nutshell, four key items determine a map's value: historical importance, beauty, condition and rarity.
We realize that such a grading system is subjective and to some extent vary between the types of maps graded.
Select a value for each of the following sections : Historical significance, Beauty, Condition, and Rarity.
( Read more )


 Historical significance As to a map's historical significance, the potential collector wants to determine if the map in question is a "breakthrough map" Was it made by an important mapmaker? Does it show, for the first time, a radically different or improved image? Is it linked to political events, essentially a cartopolitical statement of significance?
  Key map
  Very important
  Direct derived
  50 years after first publication
  more than 100 years after first publication


 Beauty With respect to a map's "beauty"--"Was the mapmaker talented? Did he make a beautiful map, with beautiful baroque, rococo, mannerist or Renaissance cartouches [or] designs? How well is the map engraved? How good is the calligraphy on the map? Is it good to look at?"
  Very decorative
  Not so decorative
  Not artistic at all


 Condition Rating Include here all faults like tears, splits, cropped margins, stains, restorations. Faults close to the plate mark need also to be mentioned.

Be advised that the buyer has the right to return an item if the condition is not complete or incorrect.

Select  a value

Mint condition. Clean and bright paper with wide margins, very good and dark impression. If coloured in strong original colours, and strictly applied at publication. No imperfections. Hard to find now-a-days; perhaps 3% of the offered items are according this rating.

Item should be in original colours, if item is in modern colours the maximum can only be "2".

Very good. Clean and bright, with crisp engraved lines, good margins on sound paper. Possibly a very minor marginal restoration (usually small center fold split, in outer margin - accomplished professionally). 


Good. (by default) Good and dark impression. Good margins and paper quality, with possibly very light (pleasant) age-toning. Possibly a small marginal tear, or just affecting the printed image - accomplished professionally.

Fine. Item has the usual minor wear and tear of an item of 200-500 years of age, however NO detracting imperfections in the image. Very light age toning, possible minor discolouration in image. Possible restoration of small tear has been accomplished professionally.

Fair  Noticeable imperfections. Paper may be age-toned or slightly browned or has slight spotting. Separations or tears entering image - restoration accomplished professionally.

Sold as is. Needs significant repair and cleaning. If an items has faults which are hard to describe; or a book/atlas which contents is not according to the reference works, we sell the lot as sold as is. The buyer has no rights to return the item claiming that the item is not according to the catalog description.


 Rarity How rare is the map, how often did it appear on the market ?
An exceptionally rare and important map. Only a few examples known and these are usually in institutional libraries.
Very rare. Only several examples known in private and public collections. Hardly available in the open market.
Rare. A map which is rarely offered by dealers or obtained at auction.
Scarce. A map which is very infrequently available in the open market. Such maps are offered by dealers or auction houses, perhaps once every 1-3 year a copy turns up. Separately published maps, maps by De Jode, van Doetecum, wall maps.
Uncommon. A map which is infrequently available in the open market. Typically maps from the 16-18th century, maps from atlases published by Ortelius, Blaeu, Hondius, Visscher, Speed.
Common. Freely available in the open market. Printed in large quantities. Often steel engravings from the 19th century.


 Reference List a reference book in which the item is mentioned.


 Random display Select this option "Y" if you want your item to appear randomly on the Home page. A fee of $ 10.00 applies 


 Select the image you want to upload. Click on "Browse" to select an image on your local system for upload. In order to create zoomable images; we need images at a minimum of 2500 pixels wide. Do Not compress your images when saving in Jpg- format. Shoot your images in the finest resolution at sensitivity down to ISO 100. Better images definataly result in higher bids.
We accept pictures in jpg and tif format.
Tip: If you submit several items you may FTP the images directly onto our server. (more about FTP)
IMPORTANT: Once you have uploaded an image do not use this function afterwards, but email additional images to Only if you ftp images your you can submit You can add additional images to a lot description : The additional image should be named by the lotnumber, with their extension in lower case (sample: 123456A.jpg or 123456B.jpg).
The additional images have to be emailed. (Read More )


 Auction starts with Typically 30% under the reserve price. (The price at which we are starting to accept bids.)
If you want to sell a item without reserve put her 1, otherwise the starting price need to be lower than the reserve.

The currency is US $. Do not use cents in the above fields. If you want to enter $4,500.00 just enter 4500


 Reserve Price The minimum price at which you want to sell the item.
If you want to sell a item without reserve put her 1


 Low_estimate 120% of the reserve price.


 High_estimate 120% of the Low estimate price; or the maximum price similar items sell at auction


 Starting date Shows the time when the auction will start. 


 Choose a Category : In the pull downbox you will find different regions or subjects. Choose one region or subject which covers the depicted region or subject best.
We start with Atlases, World, Africa, America, Asia, Cartographic curiosities, Celestials, Europe, Oceanie & Australia, Medieval manuscripts, Prints, Rare books.


 Suggest a category Suggest a new category if you can not field or a propier category for your submited item in the above available fields


IMPORTANT : Click on    to submit the item to our database. You will be asked to confirm your submission. If all looks okay Confirm your submission and the item will be added to pending auctions for approval.

After your submission has been received it takes typically 24 hours for approval, assigning a lot number and preparing the zoomable images.
Once an auction has started you will find your auction items and received bids in View your received bids !

If you submit images by FTP you may view your submitted items and assigned lotnumbers in your "pending auctions". Please submit at least 48 hours before the auction starts.
Links to pending auctions and received bids can also be found in the "Consignors center" Selling in our map auction




You can set a reserve price for your item. Submit here the minimum price at which you want to sell the item.
Note that the low estimate, as a general rule, is 20% higher than the reserve price.
You may change a reserve price at any time until 24 hours before the close of the auction. Be advised that the buyer has NO obligation to take the item if you have lowered the reserve price matching his under reserve bid.
Please contact us if you need advise about the height of the reserve price.
If you decide to lower a reserve price you need to do so 24 hours before the auction close. Please use this option with care.
When you update a reserve price all bidders are automatically notified by email about this change. We think this is an powerful tool to get bidders motivated to review their bid !

Note that in the last 24 hours and after the auction the reserve price can no longer be adjust.


You can sell your items without a reserve price and the item starts at 1$. In this case a message "This item is sold without reserve" is shown on the item page.
All No reserve items are also listed on No Reserve items .
This is our most frequently visited page !.
Put a 1 in the fields for "reserve" and "starting" prices.
We than start with one dollar, and the item sells for any amount at the close of the auction.


Relisting of Unsold items
If an item was unsold you can simply relist those items in a future auction. Unsold items of the last two most recent auctions can not be relisted in the upcomming auction. All eligible items for relistings are found in your Consignor's Panel by clicking on "Items you want to relist".
You can also relist an item and make changes to the listing. For example, the seller might want to a lower the price for the item, hoping to better entice a user to purchase the item.
You relist items by selecting the once you want to relist and submit them by clicking on "Process selected items" in the bottom of each page.
You process per page. After this is done you will see you items in Pending Auction List, and here you are able to change info by clicking on the Edit auction on the right hand side. You may change starting, Reserve, Low and High Estimates, or sell the item as No Reserve Item.



Please contact us if you have questions.



IMAGES : We need images at a minimum of 2500 pixels wide. Shoot your images in the highest camera resolution sensitivity (down to ISO 100) and place your camera on a tripod and use the shutter timer to eliminate excess motion. Save your jpg-image WITHOUT compression.

We can not emphasise enough the importance of good images! Better images do result in higher bids. An investment in a good High Resolution cameras is paying back quickly. More about photographing your maps


Second image

In order having a second image displayed (like the verso of a map or Medieval manuscript), you have to send us an image of the verso.

Once we have assigned the lotnumber to your auction item have have to send us this additional image. If the lot number is 12345 than the second image is called  12345A.jpg

You may ad as many additional pictures as you like. Ad for each additional image the below string and change the lotnumber for 12345B.jpg, 12345C.jpg, etc.
In order having the second image shown up yoiu need to ad a code in the description field.

There are several ways of sending these extra images to us.
1./ Send all additional images combined in one email
2./ by FTP
3./ Send images by
4./ Create a dropbox account
In order having the image show up you have to ad a code in your item description:

Adding the Code
Visit the pending auction list and click on the Edit icon for the lot you want to ad the code.
Here is the code you have to ad:

<br /><br /><a href="zoom_map.htm?zoomifyImagePath=os/zoom2/12345A/"><img src="os/thumbs/12345A.jpg" border="0" width="100" align="left" />

Once the auction has start you will find your active items in Your auction List, you can ad the Code by clicking on the Edit Icon and than ad the Code in the description field.
Do not forget to hit the Submit button and than oncemote the submit button on the Confirmation page.
Please note that once a bid has been received, you are no longer able to update a description and you have to contact us.
IMPORTANT : Do not upload additional images with the submit form but send them by email or FTP. Send all additional images, properly named in one email.


If you submit a larger number of items it might be more convenient to upload your images directly to our server. This can be done by FTP. Please contact us for the logon details.
Open on your local system a FTP program and Log onto our FTP server with the username and the password we have supplied you by email.

Than open the folder displaying your Username (which is the same as used for logon to the site.
Than transfer the images from your local system to our server.

Several good and free FTP programs do exist. You may try

Core FTP  

FireFTP - a Add-on for Mozilla Firefox

Dropbox is another convenient way of uploading images once they the iomages have a assigned lotnumber.































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