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Paulus Swaen Old Maps & Prints

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 June 13-20, 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.  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 Fix-sale 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.

The Dutch overseas
The Dutch overseas !

The Netherlands is a small country so it depended on overseas trade.
Dutch traders settled from Deshima (Japan) to New Amsterdam (nowadays New York).
This section follows 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.