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Paulus Swaen Old Maps & Prints

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

Buy or Bid Sales
Starting 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.
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 itemREAD MORE >>>

The Map Bar
Take a break and pop in at The Map Bar, the metaverse meeting point, with plenty of antique maps on the wall. Each Tuesday 1.00PM EST (7.00 PM Amsterdam) you meet and speak with other collectors or you will have a chat with a stranger about other things in life. (and you can access it through a browser, so no headset is required).  POP IN AT THE MAP BAR >>>

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.
Walk around in one of our Paulus Swaen metaverse galleries and discover our maps of the Ukraine, World, Hong Kong and Africa.

or check out our conventional Fix-sale Gallery catalog, Top picks, and our Most favorite items -  all items are available for immediate sale, delivered with a certificate of authenticity and the listed price is without commission.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. You may use the contact form or drop us an email.
Paulus Swaen Europe b.v., Pieter Lastmankade 2, 1075 KJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
By appointment only
Tel. +31 (0)20 2255198

Paulus Swaen Inc., 901 North Hercules Avenue, Suite A, Clearwater, Florida 33765, USA
Tel. +1 727 687 3298

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


The firm was founded in 1978 in the Netherlands and in 1996 we moved to Florida where we started to produce our catalogs on the Internet. From 1996 up until recently, we conducted online auctions. Currently, all activities are handled by Paulus Swaen Europe bv in Amsterdam. We sell uniquely original old maps, master prints, globes, atlases, travel books, posters, and medieval manuscripts via our online webshop.

Ukraine metaverse map expo

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.
Please pop in at our metaverse expo of antique and rare maps of Ukraine. The oldest map is from 1535 and the latest is from 1941. Meanwhile, 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 in 1978 in the Netherlands and in 1996 we moved to Florida where we started to produce our catalogs on the Internet 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

Amsterdam Golden Age

Growing numbers of map producers and publishers, from the mid-17th century in Amsterdam, were producing map and atlas works in high quality for the map market of Europe. The heyday of this long period, the 17th century, is entitled to be reckoned as the Golden Age of European map-making history. Members of the Blaeu, Hondius, Janssonius, Visscher families, and many other talented persons of the trade produced atlas maps, nautical charts, pilot guides, wall and polder maps, globes and so on.


After World War II, the conservatism of northern Europe prompted many radical young artists to leave their homes in search of a more progressive environment. A number of young artists met each other in Paris and in November 1948, formally pledged their allegiance to a new movement. This was christened CoBrA, from the capitals of the three countries represented most prominently - COpenhagen, BRussels, Amsterdam.

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.
Their aim is to attract the potential reader, first opening the book, by a visual expression of the contents of the work that is 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 found himself struggling 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 not only offer 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 as posters, old prints, Nuremberg Chronicle, optical prints, medieval manuscripts, trading companies, etc.