How to order or enquire about maps and books.
Use the search interface in the left side-panel to specify your search. Once you have
located an item you are interested in, you may add it to your shopping cart or use the
enquire button to send an enquiry to the map dealer. You can add as many items as you
wish to your shopping cart and can review and edit its contents by clicking the View
Cart button at any time before transmitting your order to the map dealer(s). A copy
of your order or enquiry will be e-mailed to you. The map dealer(s) will then contact
you to confirm the sale and settle payment and delivery details.
How to search for a map, book or print.
Before initiating your search, we recommend that you adjust the settings selected
from the drop down pick lists at the lower left. These will not be reset when you
click the Clear button.
By default, the entire database is searched. However, you
can limit the search to map dealers from a particular country by using the drop down
pick list to the lower left. Clicking the name of a dealer provides the option to
search the stock of an individual dealer or you can search for a particular dealer
by clicking the Dealers link above. In addition to a search, individual dealer's
stocks can be browsed and their catalogues searched or browsed.
Enter your search criteria using the interface in the left
side-frame. As a general rule for criteria, less is better because our system
matches most of the words you enter. It is therefore better to leave out any words
you feel unsure about. "Cook" will return a more comprehensive list than "James Cook".
If your criteria result in a very long list, you can easily refine your search by
adding more specific search criteria. The results of your search will appear in
the main frame while your search criteria remain visible in the left side-frame.
Our search uses initial strings: "Vancou" will
find "Vancouver", "J Cook" will find "Cook, James".
Accented characters are searched intelligently:
"trophee eleve" will find "trophée élevé", "Buecher" will
find "Bücher" and vice versa, but "Bucher" will not find "Bücher".
Author: if the author's surname is a common one,
you should specify one or more initials in addition. If you are uncertain of
the spelling or the name is very long, you can search using the initial part
of the name: "Dost" will find "Dostoyevsky", "Dostoevskii" etc.
Title: if you are uncertain of the precise title,
specify only the part of which you are sure. A few words are usually sufficient:
"map japan" will find "A map of the Sea of Japan".
Imprint: publisher and place published details,
as well as year of publication, may be specified in this field. Map dealers and
map publishers themselves over a period of years can be very inconsistent in
the formulation of a publishing house name. Minimise your search words.
Date range: Use four digit numbers for years.
Left field populated, right field blank yields all dates from the year specified
to the present. Right field populated, left field blank, yields all dates up to
the specified year. Two fields populated - maps and books printed between these
years, inclusive, will be displayed. For maps and books published in a single
year, either enter the year in both fields or enter it in the Imprint field.
Any word(s) or ISBN: a map or book will be
returned as a match if the word or words in the Any word(s) field occur anywhere
in the entry. The ISBN search calls for 10 digits or 9 digits plus X. Spaces and
hyphens are ignored.
Additional criteria - note that many dealers do not
specify these criteria for every book so that, for example, many books with
dust jackets will not be returned when "Dust Jacket" is selected.
- Hardback - select this criterion to return only books specified
to be hardbacked by the dealers. The unselected, default option returns all
bindings including those unspecified by the bookseller.
- First Edition - select this criterion to return all maps and books
specified by the booksellers to be first editions. However, read the book
description carefully to determine the precise "first edition" being
- Inscribed - read the dealers' descriptions of the nature of the
inscription. This can range from signed by the previous owner to detailed
annotations by the author.
- Dust Jacket - select this criterion to return all books specified
by the dealers to possess a dust jacket.
The six drop down pick lists are mostly
self-explanatory. These are not reset to default when the Clear button
is clicked. "Sort by relevance" is a weighted sort balancing the number
of times a criterion occurs against the length of the field contents in
which it occurs. Subject lists a number of subjects commonly used by map
dealers listing their stock on this site.