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Paulus Swaen

Paulus Swaen old Maps and Prints specializes in maps, atlases and globes from the 16th - 18th century. Our firm has an ample stock of maps of all parts of the world, produced by renowned cartographers, such as Ortelius, Mercator, Blaeu, Janssonius, Hondius, Visscher, de Wit, etc. Furthermore we are dealing in atlases, globes, travel books and Medieval manuscripts.

medieval manuscriptswaen geldrop 1980The firm was founded in 1978 in the Netherlands by Pierre Joppen and is still the owner of the comapany. The Gallery was housed until the middle of 1997 in a lovely old building. Since 1996 we started to produce our catalogues on the Internet and a map auction division was added at that year.

We travel around the globe, doing Antiquarian Map fairs in Milan (January), Miami (February), London (June), Rome (September) and Paris (November). The best way to contact is by Email:

We are member of I.M.Co.S., B.I.M.C.C. and the Philip Lee Phillips Society, Library of Congress.

We find that many of our clients these days come from the corporate sector. Many business headquarters would rather have antique maps on the walls of their boardrooms than abstract modern art, because they tend to fit into the traditional office environment.

When collecting items in the range of over 500 dollars US, or more commonly in the thousands of dollars, our personal feeling is that it is better to buy first-class quality.
While it might seem attractive to buy a heavily restored copy for less than the cost of a top quality item in original colours, in the long run you're much better off with the first-class quality.

40 years of experience has taught us, when selling an item of good quality you only have to take price, than it is easy to make a deal. Remember this when selling your collection!

Internet auctions
The high standard of quality of our collection of maps and atlases is world-renowned and 80% of our business is by mail order. Since November 1996, we offer an on-line internet auction for old maps, prints, globes, travel books and medieval manuscripts.
Auctions are taking place in February, March, April, May, September, October and November.
A certificate of authenticity will be produced for every sold item and we life time guarantee the items we sell.

We offer year around in our online catalog fine atlases, maps, globes and travel books. Please have a look at the catalog or check out our most interesting gallery items.

We provide auction estimates free of charge, from photographs sent via our online form or as email attachment. Such auction estimates are not for valuation purposes and are subject to revision on inspection of the object. ( valuation form)

We buy maps and atlases
Interested in selling your maps or atlases. We buy for stock or know collectors and museums looking for good additions to their collections.
Please send us a list/pictures of what you have now.
It is impossible to give verbal estimations by telephone, nor can we respond on requests sent without a photo.
We do not valuate maps and atlases published in the 20thcentury.
Please click here to do a valuation.

Paulus Swaen, Inc.
901 North Hercules Avenue, Suite A, Clearwater, Florida 33765, USA
Tel. +1 727 687 3298 / 727 498 4733

Paulus Swaen, Ltd
9 Mansfield Street
W1G 9NY London, England,
Tel. : +44 (0)79 3701 5242

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.

Pierre Joppen

Founder and managing Director
Paulus Swaen Old Maps & Prints