The Resource The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding, (electronic resource)

The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding, (electronic resource)

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The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
Title
The map thief
Title remainder
the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
Statement of responsibility
Michael Blanding
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers-both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief -until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full-and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more-and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime."--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blanding, Michael
Dewey number
364.16/289120973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
Z286.M3
LC item number
B53 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Smiley, E. Forbes
  • Smiley, E. Forbes
  • Map dealers
  • Map industry and trade
  • Map thefts
  • Book thefts
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • White Collar Crime
  • Criminals & Outlaws
  • Book thefts
  • Map dealers
  • Map industry and trade
  • Map thefts
  • United States
Label
The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding, (electronic resource)
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Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-255) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 41
  • Chapter 4
  • Who Knows the Most Wins
  • 59
  • Chapter 5
  • Catalog Number One
  • 75
  • Chapter 6
  • Playing Hardball
  • 91
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 7
  • Upward Departure
  • 107
  • Chapter 8
  • Battle of Sebec
  • 119
  • Chapter 9
  • Missing Maps, Missing Cards
  • 135
  • Chapter 10
  • Explorer and the Thief
  • Caught!
  • 153
  • Chapter 11
  • Plea
  • 167
  • Chapter 12
  • Map Quest
  • 185
  • Chapter 13
  • Terra Incognita
  • 9
  • 201
  • Chapter 2
  • Small Hope
  • 27
  • Chapter 3
  • A New World
Control code
ocn880577449
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 300 pages, 8 pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780698156982
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
8F98FB05-33E5-49EB-A412-2DDE964016F6
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o880577449
  • (OCoLC)880577449
Label
The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-255) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 41
  • Chapter 4
  • Who Knows the Most Wins
  • 59
  • Chapter 5
  • Catalog Number One
  • 75
  • Chapter 6
  • Playing Hardball
  • 91
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 7
  • Upward Departure
  • 107
  • Chapter 8
  • Battle of Sebec
  • 119
  • Chapter 9
  • Missing Maps, Missing Cards
  • 135
  • Chapter 10
  • Explorer and the Thief
  • Caught!
  • 153
  • Chapter 11
  • Plea
  • 167
  • Chapter 12
  • Map Quest
  • 185
  • Chapter 13
  • Terra Incognita
  • 9
  • 201
  • Chapter 2
  • Small Hope
  • 27
  • Chapter 3
  • A New World
Control code
ocn880577449
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 300 pages, 8 pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780698156982
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
8F98FB05-33E5-49EB-A412-2DDE964016F6
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o880577449
  • (OCoLC)880577449

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