2022 - A lot has changed on the web in the last 25 years since we started our first online auction. With the arrival of the metaverse and web3, we think we are at a crossroads with new opportunities to connect and sell maps with collectors and map lovers.
Buy or Bid salesStarting June 21-28 we will organize "Buy or Bid" sales with monthly general sales and irregular but themed pop-up sales.
Items will be listed for 7 days and 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.
There is no set reserve price so you may offer what you wish.
Items that do not sell at their buy price will be made available at the highest accepted bid after the close of the sale.
So from now on you decide the price for which amount you want to buy an item. Read more about Buy or Bid sales [+]
Meta Map gallery
What was born as an idea from science fiction has long since become reality ! The metaverse is more than just virtual reality, augmented reality, extended reality, or cyberspace - it’s all of those things at once. What is the metaverse [read more]
Welcome to the Paulus Swaen MetaMap.gallery at www.meta4maps.com
As far as we know the first metaverse gallery that is devoted to antique maps. A visit to the meta gallery is free and you can walk around anonymously or by using a nickname, your name, or by creating an avatar. You can interact and speak with other visitors (and you can access it through a browser, so no headset is required).
Note: You are asked to set up an account so you can create an avatar, but you may ignore these options and visit the gallery anonymously. When visiting on a mobile phone you are asked to install the spatial.io app. (iPhone and Android).
Below are some meta map galleries we have created.
Showing antique maps of Ukraine. The mapping of Ukrainian lands (whose greater part entered the structure of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) 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.
See the borders of the Ukraine territory for over 400 years.
Meta4MapsConnect your map collection
Enjoy and share your maps with your friends and other map collectors!
On the meta4maps.com site, collectors can make their collection available in a metaverse gallery. A visit to the meta gallery is free, and adding your maps is fun and easy to do. Visitors can speak with each other (and you can access it through a browser, so no headset is required).
If you are an existing client of Paulus Swaen and you want us to do so, then we are happy to install your gallery, free of charge, add some of your historical purchases and add your gallery to the Meta4Maps gallery list.
We will create your gallery using your existing Paulus Swaen Username and send your a password and a direct link to your meta map collection gallery. After that, you are able to add and delete items to your liking. You will have and keep full control of your gallery.
Take a break and pop in at The Map Bar. A metaverse bar where you meet other collectors, with plenty of maps on the wall.
Agenda: Each Tuesday map meeting at 1 PM (Eastern Time) or Amsterdam 7 PM. A one-hour chat meeting with another map enthusiast to discuss the latest discovered maps, rumors, and questions you might have.
- Buy Now or Bid Sales
- newly added MetaMap galleries
- Meta4Maps project
- or of course, new arrivals of our antique maps, prints, atlases and medieval manuscripts.