[ISHMap-List] List of maps found missing as a result of the Smiley affair

Joel Kovarsky joel at theprimemeridian.com
Fri Jun 20 13:48:22 CEST 2014

Having read some of Blanding's recent comments, based on the book 
itself, a point should be made: he would not focus criticisms on the 
dealers (including auction houses) alone. He is critical of all groups 
involved, and would also expect due diligence from collectors and 

                     Joel Kovarsky

On 6/19/2014 9:42 AM, Tony Campbell wrote:
> Further on Michael Blanding's/The Map Thief: the gripping story of an 
> esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless 
> maps/(New York: Gotham Books, 2014).
> Apart from the author's psychological insights intoForbes 
> Smiley'scharacter and motivation, the book also contains valuable 
> appendixes. The first (pp.223-232) lists the 'Maps Smiley admitted 
> stealing'. Of considerably greater value, is the second (pp.233-48, 
> itemising the 'Additional maps libraries reported missing'. As 
> explained in the note (p.291) this was based on the list compiled by 
> John Woram. However, and this is the significant bit:
> "I have supplemented this list with my own research and reporting, 
> verifying the information whenever possible with the curators at the 
> institutions, most of whom were very open to assisting me. I also 
> visited each of the six affected institutions and examined the books 
> and maps themselves, in most cases personally viewing and 
> photographing the items that have been recovered. While inevitably 
> there may be errors in the listing, the final lists are as close to 
> definitive as I have been able to make them."
> Even if rare map dealers do not acquire the book they should certainly 
> make sure to have those lists beside them when considering a future 
> purchase of any similar item listed there. Otherwise the requirement 
> for 'due diligence' will not have been met.
> Tony Campbell
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