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Paulus Swaen Old Maps & Prints

Have a look in our Buy-it-Now catalog

Next Buy or Bid sale is February February  14 - 21, 2023

Paulus Swaen began selling old maps and prints in 1978. We started with our fully online auctions in 1998. We were the only auction house specializing in this format selling old maps and prints.
With the arrival of the metaverse and web3, we think we are at a crossroads with new opportunities to sell maps and prints differently, creating new ways to contact our collectors and potentially create new map lovers.

Buy-it-Now catalog
During the year around, we offer in our catalog thousands of fine and rare maps, prints, atlases, posters, and medieval manuscripts for immediate sale. Some of the top picks are shown here. Our favorite highlights are here.

Buy or Bid Sales
Since June 2022, we have organized "Buy or Bid" sales where you may purchase an item at the Buy price at any time and the sale for this item has closed.  If you do not wish to pay the buy price, you may also bid/offer lower on any item. NEXT SALE FEBRUARY  14-21


Our Buy-It-Now catalog does offer items available for immediate sale, and no commission is charged. The catalog includes old maps of the World - America - Asia - Europe - Africa - Medieval Manuscripts - Prints - Posters, atlases, globes, etc.
Look at some highlights of our current stock of items available for immediate sale, and we will provide a certificate of authenticity.

The next 'Buy or Bid' sale is February 14-21, 2023.
In our BUY or BID sale, you never pay more than the Buy price.
When you pay the Buy price, the sale for this item has closed.
If you do not wish to pay the Buy price, you may also Bid lower on any item.

Ukraine metaverse map expo

Please pop in at our metaverse expo of antique and rare maps of Ukraine. The mapping of Ukrainian lands in the 17th century was essentially influenced by the creation of a four-sheet map of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by Nikolai-Krzysztof Radzivill in 1613.
Or have a look at our fixed sale catalog of maps of Ukraine, of which 10% of the invoice amount will be donated to Ukraine @UNICEF to help children in Ukraine.

Print making

about us
About Paulus Swaen

The firm was founded by Pierre Joppen (to the left) in 1978 in the Netherlands and in 1996 we moved to Florida where the Internet auction was added at that year. >>>>
You can buy items in our online Fix-sale catalog and see what is currently available.

meta map gallery
Meta4Maps galleries

We are all talking about NFT, and the Metaverse. Discover old maps in our Meta4Map galleries. Enjoy and share your maps with your friends and other map collectors!
Create your own virtual 3D gallery for free, and adding your maps is fun and easy to do. - Connect your collection

The Map Bar

Every Tuesday 1PM EST or 19.00 Amsterdam, meet in The Map Bar at, a metaverse meeting point with plenty of antique maps on the wall. You can meet and speak with other collectors or you will have a chat with a stranger about other things in life.

About Amsterdam office

In 1692 a report states "In Europe are no more than 10 to 12 cities where books are printed in considerable amounts. One of them was Amsterdam". No wonder that Paulus Swaen Europe bv has settled in Amsterdam.
It is here, within two kilometers of the place where the printshops of Blaeu and Hondius were located, that our office is located.
Paulus Swaen Europe bv.
Pieter Lastmankade 2, 1075 KJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel. 0031 (0)20 2255198

Air France posters
Air France posters

The poster has always occupied a special place in Air France's communication. With a heritage of more than 1,500 posters by the most prestigious illustrators and artists, the Company has one of the richest collections in the world.
Air France has over 1500 posters to its name, many of which were created by the most esteemed designers and illustrators like Savignac, Solon and Cassandre, Cocteau, Mathieu, Brenet, Picart Ledoux or Vasarely.
All posters are sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Selling your prints and maps
Selling your maps, prints or posters

Do You Have Quality Antique Maps, old master prints or posters in Your Collection?
Not sure who to sell to and where to go to get the best price?
Among our clients are collectors, museums, and dealers from around the world who are all constantly looking for fine-quality items.
Paulus Swaen specializes in old maps and prints.
We have been in the map business for more than 40 years. Do a free valuation

Title pages
Title pages

Since the 16th century, many atlases of maps and, more widely, works of geography, cosmography, exploration and travel have been preceded by highly decorative title pages and/or frontispieces presenting their contents in symbolic form.
They aim to attract the potential reader, first opening the book by visually expressing the contents of the work to follow.

The Dutch overseas
The Dutch overseas !

The Netherlands is a small country so it was depending on overseas trade. The Flying Dutchman was a sea captain who once struggled to round the Cape of Good Hope during a ferocious storm.
Dutch traders settled from Deshima (Japan) to New Amsterdam (nowadays New York).
In this section, we follow the V.O.C .and W.I.C. and other Dutch overseas histories.
We offer not only interesting short articles but also offer authentic artifacts for sale.

Articles about maps
Read our short articles

If you are interested in the backgrounds of antique maps, prints, mapmakers, etc. then you should read our short but informative articles >>>>
Or other subjects such as posters, old prints, Nuremberg Chronicle, optical prints, medieval manuscripts, trading companies, etc.