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Paulus Swaen Internet map auction

Conditions - Appraisal

Do You Have Quality Antique Maps in Your Collection? :
Not sure who to sell to and where to go to get the best price?

We have been in business for 40 years, Pierre Joppen is the founder and still owner of the company. Among our clients are collectors, museums, and dealers from around the world who are constantly looking for fine quality merchandise.
With Real-Time Bidding, collectors can participate in the auction from anywhere in the world, bid and make purchases easily and quickly from their computer.

Have a look of some results in our April 2018, May 2018, June 2018, September 2018, November 2018, February 2019 auctions or visit the Auction Archive.

We will gladly consider any collectible map, atlas, print or Medieval manuscript for consignment to a future sale or direct purchase. The minimum value per item has to be 300$.
In order to properly evaluate your antique map, we need to know as much information as possible.
We suggest that you provide us with a description and picture of the item or send us a email with picture to
Do not ship materials to us without having contacted us beforehand.

Founder and current owner Pierre Joppen, with 40 years map dealing experience and Ian Williams from or UK office with 30 years map cataloging experience are happy in selling your maps and prints.

The following dates are reserved in 2019:

April 16 - 23
May 14 - 21
June 18 - 25
September 10 - 17
October 8 - 15
November 12 - 19

The advantages we offer:
* People from around the world can see a zoomable high resolution image of each item in full colour from the comfort of their own homes.
* Sellers can set a minimum - starting or reserve price - below which their item will not be sold.
* We have been in the map business for 40 years and among our clients are collectors, museums, and dealers around the world who are constantly looking for fine quality merchandise.
* We advertise in magazines like IMCoS Journal, Caertthresoor, B.I.M.C.C.
Imcos Fine Books and collections
* The items do not suffer from the wear and tear of being handled by hundreds of people during viewing days.
* You are able to submit auction item-descriptions on-line.
* With one click you are able to re-list unsold items in the next auction.
* If an item does not sell there are no costs.
* On your "Consignor Center"Consignor center you can track on-line the received bids of your auction items.
* You will get paid 30 days after close of the auction. Sales may be offset against acquisitions.
* Illustration of your item is FREE. We use zoom map image software, making it possible to show our customers even the finest detail even at low internet connection. We use the highest resolution images in the online auction industry.
* The deadline for receipt of materials is two weeks in advance for the scheduled auction closing date.

We can assist you with your inquiries in English, French, German and Dutch.
Do not ship materials to us without having contacted us beforehand.

The seller's commission we charge are for a
- Lot value up to $10,000 - 15% of hammer price.
- For electronically consigned items we charge for a lot value up to $10,000 - 12% of the hammer price.
- Lot value $10,001 up - 8% of hammer price.
- There is a minimum fee of $15.00 per lot.
- The minimum individual lot value is $ 300.
- Commission is only due when the lot sells. - There are no other charges.
- You will get paid within 30 days after close of the auction by US$ check, paypal or credit card for paid items. A US$ bank transfer is subject to a nominal $50 fee. Acquisitions may be balanced offset against sales.
- Sellers can set a minimum reserve price - below which their item will not be sold. There is no fee for a reserve that is 80%, or less, of the estimated value.
- A reserve price can be adjusted up to 24 hours before the auction close. However if you adjust a reserve matching the bid, the bidder is able to cancel his bid.
- You are responsible for shipment of the item(s) to us, and in-transit insurance. Very heavy items like books and atlases can be shipped to the buyer directly and you are reimbursed for the postage.
- In the event an item does not sell you are also responsible for return postage and insurance.
- You should maintain insurance of your items while they are in our possession, however we do maintain insurance on all items in our possession.
- The provided descriptions and images are after the auction used by Paulus Swaen, Ltd for invoicing, certificate printing and auction results and you agree using them for this purpose.

Free appraisal
We provide a free appraisal if you are considering selling one of your maps, please
send us a picture and description of any item that you are considering consigning.
Whether you have a single valuable piece or a major collection, please email us or send us a picture or list of items you are considering to consign.
We can assist you with your inquiries in English, French, German and Dutch.
Do not ship materials to us without having contacted us beforehand.

How to submit item descriptions
There are several ways you can submit item descriptions:
1./ Adding items one by one using a submission form. Click here for info about using our online submit form.
2./ For those who already have their item descriptions stored in an database we can likely import them from your CSV export file.

Sold !
Consignors are paid within 30 days of the sale.
The consignor statements includes a listing for each sold item; the amount it sold for, the amount of the commission and the amount of the net amount after commission.
US bank transfers can be done at a nominal bank cost (50$).
Please note that any lot differing from your provided description in such way that it affects the value of the item, may be returned by the buyer within one week of receipt, for a full refund of the purchase price.
We therefore can not send payment before arrival of the goods.

Paulus Swaen Internet Auction
is the first internet auction specializing in old maps, Medieval manuscripts and prints.
It is a unique place for buying and selling antique maps, atlases, books, and medieval manuscripts.
We have been in the map business for 36 years! more
Pierre Joppen
Managing Director
Email : paulus @

Paulus Swaen, Inc.
Tom Sapinski
1105 Vale Orchard Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Tel. +1 (727) 687 3298 / +1 (727) 498 4733
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Paulus Swaen, Ltd.
London W1G 9NY, tel. : + 44 (0)79 3701 5242
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Paulus Swaen, Ltd is a limited liability company, registered at Companies House, Cardiff under registration number 9726713. A list of members is available at the registered office address at 9 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NY.