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Paulus Swaen Old Maps & Prints

The June Buy or Bid sale has been closed

Thank you for your participation!
The Next Buy-or-Bid sale is September 12 - 19, 2023

What is next: Payment and shipping of your purchases

- Please go to the invoice center. From here, you can pay the invoice by credit card and print or download certificates.
- We usually start shipping a week after the closing. Shortly before shipping, you will receive a tracking number.
Read more about it after the closing!

Look at our BuyNow catalog, with 2200+ items available for immediate sale!

Paulus Swaen began selling old maps and prints in 1978. We specialize in antique maps, prints, atlases, globes, medieval manuscripts and travel posters.


Our BuyNow catalog offers immediate sale items, 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 September 12-19, 2023.
When you pay the Buy price, the sale for this item has closed and you never pay more than the Buy price.
If you do not wish to pay the Buy price, you may also Bid lower on any item.
See the Buy-or-Bid Agenda [+]

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 that year. >>>>
You can buy items in our online BuyNow catalog and see what is currently available.

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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 to have a chat with other map enthusiasts.

mapping of
The mapping of...

Several short articles about the history of maps of Arabia, Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, Minorca, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mer d'Ouest, Northwest Passage, Poland, Russia, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Ukraine.

Mapmakers and explorers

Sometimes, maps become more famous than their makers. Many cartographers only become famous after they’ve created a masterpiece.
Still, others make a famous map, then disappear from history forever.

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

Among our clients are collectors, museums, and dealers from around the world who are all constantly looking for fine-quality items.
Interested in selling your maps at Paulus Swaen.
Do a free valuation

Title pages
The Curated Collection

This is a collection of carefully selected old and rare maps which are all graded with 8-10 stars in the HiBCoR grading system
This carefully selected list of old and rare maps, atlas and books have all in common that they are extraordinary items that make a difference to any collection.

catalog archive
Catalog Archive

Paulus Swaen maintains an archive of sold items, including HR images. Most of our maps images are not restricted by copyright and can be used freely as most images are in the public domain. These historically achieved prices can be of help to understanding the pricing development of old maps and help with placing bids.

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.